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April 2015 Archives

LASIK eye surgery carries risks


For many Pittsburgh residents glasses are necessary to see clearly. Glasses can be annoying and expensive. The alternative, contact lenses, also require daily maintenance and care. LASIK eye surgery has become extremely popular as a surgery to correct eyes so that a person doesn't need glasses or contact lenses anymore. But, like all surgeries, surgical errors can occur.

A hysterectomy can lead to unexpected side effects


Many Pittsburgh women have had a hysterectomy. The surgery is one of the most popular among women and helps to treat fibroids, uterine prolapse and endometriosis among other conditions. Even though a hysterectomy is a popular surgery a surgery error can still occur that causes unexpected side effects.

Medical malpractice overview


When patients suffer as the result of a mistake made by a medical provider they have the legal right to hold that provider responsible. When a patient holds a medical provider responsible that person often files a medical malpractice claim. Many times medical malpractice claims result from surgical errors. These errors can often result in a patient's worsened condition or even death.

Husband receives large verdict in medical malpractice case


Cancer is a diagnosis that no one in Pittsburgh ever wants to hear. Cancer affects thousands of people each year and an early diagnosis is often critical in a patient having the best survival chance. The failure to diagnose cancer can have a serious effect on a patient. A husband from Squirrel Hill recently received a multi-million dollar verdict after the death of his wife who didn't receive a timely diagnosis of liver cancer.

High levels of bilirubin in newborns can have major consequences


For most Pittsburgh parents, the birth of a baby is a happy affair. Most newborns are born without consequences and are healthy and can go home in just a few days. But sometimes newborns are born with medical conditions and birth injuries that need further treatment.

Breast tissue commonly misdiagnosed

Breast cancer is a common and very serious medical condition. Many women get their breast tissue biopsied each year. Unfortunately, a new study found that many biopsy specialists misdiagnose breast tissue. These misdiagnoses can lead to serious complications for patients, including not receiving enough treatment or too-aggressive treatment.

When a young person suffers from heart failure it can be serious


Heart failure among Pittsburgh residents is a common occurrence. Emergency room doctors receive thousands of patients suffering from heart attacks each year. But when a person is suffering from heart failure, prompt medical attention can mean the difference between life and death. When a young person is suffering from heart failure they sometimes don't receive the care that they need and a failure to diagnose their condition can lead to serious injuries and even death.

A vacuum-assisted delivery can have serious consequences


Many Pittsburgh couples look forward to the birth of a new baby. The new arrival is highly anticipated for months and the family plans everything for their arrival. Most births go as planned but occasionally a birth complication arises that results in a birth injury.

False alarms can lead to real problems for Pittsburgh patients


Most people in Pittsburgh have spent time in the hospital or have visited someone in the hospital. Many times, in hospital rooms, there are several different machines hooked up to monitor the patient's vital signs. It may seem that there is always some kind of beeping that is alarming for hospital patients and visitors. But to medical providers, these alarms are just part of their everyday environment. Thus, they may tend to ignore them from time-to-time or turn off an alarm and fail to diagnose a patient's medical emergency. Alarm fatigue is a patient safety concern that may cause serious injuries and even death.

Surgical site infections can cause serious injury


Many people in the Pittsburgh area will undergo surgery at some point in their lives. Most of the time, these surgeries go as planned, but occasionally, a surgical error occurs that causes a serious injury. One type of error is a surgical site infection.

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