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August 2014 Archives

Fatal medical errors are in decline, but still shockingly common

Nearly half a million people per year die as a result of preventable medical errors such as improper monitoring, adverse drug interactions, infections and surgical error. As dire as this may sound, however, experts say that the situation is improving.

How can you tell when it?s time for a new doctor?

When it comes to choosing a doctor, many people stay with a lackluster provider simply because he or she is familiar or because it seems like too much trouble to find a new one. But not all doctors are created equal, and if you have doubts about the quality of the medical care you are receiving, it may be in your best interests to look elsewhere.

Patients tested for hepatitis, HIV due to potential contamination

A Pennsylvania doctor had his medical license temporarily suspended earlier this year after state inspectors reported finding problems that they said could result in the spread of serious diseases like hepatitis and HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. 

Malpractice Related to Total Knee Replacements

Total knee replacements are a very common procedure performed in the United States and elsewhere. Of course, as with any operation there are complications which can occur as a result of the procedure. Vascular complications following total knee replacements are not uncommon. This is particularly true in individuals who have peripheral vascular disease which causes poor blood flow into the lower extremities. One of the most common causes of peripheral vascular disease is diabetes. For those individuals who have femoral-popliteal artery bypasses the risk of vascular complications following total knee replacements is extremely high. Despite peripheral vascular disease and femoral-popliteal bypass grafts, total knee replacements can be performed safely when proper surgical technique is followed and when proper post-operative procedures are followed. If the orthopedic surgeon who performs this procedure does not follow proper technique, there is a high risk of limb loss and destruction of the femoral-popliteal bypass grafts.

Man hospitalized for 20 years due to misdiagnosis sues

A man who was confined in a mental institution for two decades before being released last year has sued the facility and its staff for $22 million. The 52-year-old man says he was misdiagnosed with a delusional disorder, resulting in two decades of hospitalization.

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