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5 ways to reduce the risk of medical errors

When a person is in need of medical care, they are often functioning under an enormous burden of stress. Becoming ill or sustaining an injury is stressful in and of itself, but there are also risks associated with receiving necessary medical care. Research conducted at Johns Hopkins and published by the British Medical Journal suggests that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. It is estimated that more than 250,000 people lose their lives every year as a result of medical error.

Couch Potatoes Beware! Pulmonary Embolisms & Television

Television has become a staple of the American lifestyle. As a result, American citizens spend an average of 2.8 hours per day staring at the screen. Samantha Olson of Medical Daily says that this sedentary lifestyle could be a silent killer.

Three-Year Old Dies from Anesthesia Error

On July 16, 2016, a routine trip to the dentist quickly turned into tragedy for a California family. Their three-year old daughter was scheduled for relatively minor dental procedures. Because the procedures involved multiple teeth, the family relied upon expert opinions and elected to have their daughter undergo general anesthesia. The procedures, which began at 9:30 A.M., were taking longer than expected, and the family began to worry. After being placed under general anesthesia, their daughter had stopped breathing. At 10:30 A.M., paramedics rushed through the office doors and hurried to her room. Their daughter was taken to San Ramon Regional Medical Center where she was pronounced dead after arrival. Click here to read more about the story.

Do You Really Need Annual Dental X-Rays?

X-Rays are undoubtedly an important and useful component of any dental patient's treatment. X-ray images can show cavities, bone loss, and other structures that cannot be seen by the naked eye. Bitewing x-rays can show decay, bone loss, infection, gum disease, and alignment. To further explore the medical uses of Dental X-Rays on WebMD, Click Here. Many dentists recommend that their patients receive annual bitewing X-rays. Not so fast!

Causes of never events during a surgical procedure

It is never easy to hear that you need surgery. After all, surgery carries with it several risks and complications no matter how minor or major it is. Patients in Pennsylvania rely on the experience and expertise of the surgeons about to perform the surgery on them. However, unfortunate errors could occur. Even if these errors or mistakes during a surgical procedure are minor, this could greatly impact the health and wellbeing of the patient. Therefore, it is essential for patients to understand the cause of these errors.

What harms are caused by a misdiagnosis of Alzheimer's?

Being told that you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an illness or disease with no known cure is not only devastating news, but is also likely information that will greatly change the life of the patient. Even if there is no known cure, a patient in Pennsylvania may be very open and optimistic about his or her options regarding the possible treatment plans offered to them. But what if these treatment plans hold serious risks? And what if the doctor did not properly diagnose the patient?

No informed consent might give rise to medical malpractice

A patient has a right to know if there is an element of risk inherent to a medical procedure or treatment. Without that knowledge, a patient can hardly be deemed to have made an informed consent. Yet a recent article questions whether medical device innovations truly put a patient’s best interests in the forefront.

This client died after her doctor performed several risky surgical operations that were not required and not necessary or relevant to treat the client. After presenting to the hospital with abdominal pain, client was diagnosed with reflux esophagitis and

Twenty years after successfully beating childhood cancer, this young lady sought to have vaginal reconstruction of the areas that were treated and removed in order to eradicate her cancer. The plastic surgeon attempted surgery on irradiated tissue, (tissue previously exposed to radiation) an act that should never be done. The Caring Lawyers, Rosen Louik & Perry represented the client's reconstructive surgery malpractice claim. In addition to causing additional damage, the surgeon also sentenced this woman to a permanent colostomy and urostomy. This case settled for $ 3,760,000.00.

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