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August 2016 Archives

Protecting your rights after being harmed by medication errors

Whether you require a medication for a temporary ailment or need various medications on a daily basis, patients should feel secure that they are receiving the proper medication as well as the appropriate dose. Unfortunately, mistakes can occur in the prescribing and administering of medication, causing serious and sometimes fatal injuries to patients in Pennsylvania and elsewhere.

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.

Misdiagnosis Errors Affect Millions in U.S. Each Year

The statistics are alarming; with medical researchers estimating that upwards of 250,000 people in the United States die each year due to medical errors. One of the most common, and deadly, types of medical errors involves the misdiagnosis of a medical condition or illness. In fact, medical researchers estimate that annually roughly 12 million U.S. adults are misdiagnosed. What's more, with approximately 50 percent of misdiagnoses having the "potential to result in severe harm," these misdiagnosis errors aren't always benign or easy to correct.

Protecting your rights after your newborn suffers birth trauma

When it comes to healthcare, Americans are often under the impression that they are receiving top-notch care. While it is often the case the patients in Pennsylvania and other states across the nation obtain care from experienced and well-educated medical professionals, these individuals are still humans; therefore, they bring with them the chance of human errors. No one expects to be a victim of medical negligence, especially at the very beginning of his or her life. Because of that, parents are not only devastated when their newborn suffers a birth injury but also are the ones fighting for the rights and interests of their injured infant.

Common medication errors and why they occur

For residents young, old and in between in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, it is not uncommon to be prescribed a medication by a primary care physician or a specialist. Whether it is for a short duration or long-term, every time a medication is prescribed to a patient, certain measures should be taken to ensure the patient is getting the proper medication and dose. Failure to take such precautionary measures could result in an adverse drug event that could greatly interfere with the health and wellbeing of the patient.

Lower extremities often injured in motorcycle accidents

As a previous post noted, motorcyclists are prone to certain accidents because of the errors and negligence of other motorists. If a driver fails to check their blind spot, travels too closely behind a motorcyclist or fails to yield to an oncoming motorcyclist, he or she could cause a serious motorcycle crash. Unlike other collisions, motorcycle accidents have the tendency to involve traumatic and severe injuries. Because motorcycles do not have the hard exterior shells most automobiles are equipped with, motorcyclists are likely to be thrown from their bikes, suffering serious injuries.

Who is at risk for Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer is a major cause for concern in men, as it is the most prevalent non-skin type cancer in the United States. Several demographic levels influence a male's risk of developing prostate cancer. The baseline demographic is age; diagnosis rates increase in males as age increases. According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation, only 1 in 10,000 men under the age of 40 are diagnosed with prostate cancer. This number vaults to 1 in 38 men for ages 40-59, and further leaps to 1 in 14 men for ages 60-69.

Who are the responsible parties for delivery room errors?

For most Pennsylvania mothers preparing to give birth in a hospital setting, they are most likely aware that various medical professionals will assist in the entire labor and delivery process. However, if this is a mother's first child, she may not realize how many medical professionals she and her newborn could come in contact with. Because the actions and expertise of every medical professional assisting with the birthing process could greatly impact the outcomes of the delivery, it is important to understand how these action could have contributed to a birth, delivery or pregnancy-related injury.

Keeping an Eye on Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among American women after skin cancer, and is behind only lung cancer in terms of death rates. 1 out of 12 U.S. women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. To further examine Breast Cancer Statistics, Click Here. Needless to say, breast cancer needs to be monitored.

Protecting the rights of motorcycle crash victims

While May is motorcycle awareness across the nation, motorcycle safety is a concern in Pennsylvania and other states during warm months. So long as the weather is nice, motorists should be prepared to share the road with motorcyclists. And as more and more motorcycles are being registered in the United States, it is expected that drivers everywhere will need to take steps to ensure they safely drive amongst motorcyclists. Unfortunately, not all drivers accommodate for these small vehicles, or even fail to take additional steps to increase his or her awareness of motorcycles traveling around them. These failings could lead to serious and even fatal motorcycle collisions.

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!

Women often suffer silently after pregnancy-related injuries

Whether you are a mother-to-be, a new parent or a parent to several children, the emotions involved with being a parent are often strong and long-lasting. When parents in Pennsylvania are expecting a baby, the expectant mother and father may feel both excited and nervous. While some mothers go through the birthing process with little or no complications, unfortunately some women find themselves suffering from a birthing trauma.

The dangers of failing to recognize fetal distress

It's the responsibility of medical professionals to carefully monitor a baby's vital signs before and during childbirth. They accomplish this goal through the use of medical devices including a heart monitor. When analyzing the information, they receive from these devices; doctors can determine if fetal distress occurred during labor and delivery. It's at that point that they can make further assessments for the baby's care. Failure to do so is dangerous for the baby's health and future development.

Helping patients suffering from pregnancy-related injuries

Planning and preparing for a new bundle of joy is an exciting time for Pennsylvania parents. While some pregnancies are not easy, the nine months leading up to a newborn infant is still an exciting time. Unfortunately, no matter whether a mother gives birth prematurely, on her due date or is past due, complications could unfortunately arise. This generates many concerns for the parents, but the main focus remains on the mother getting through a safe labor and delivery process so a healthy newborn can be placed in their arms. However, in order to promote a healthy delivery, doctors may need to use certain techniques. If these techniques are improperly performed, it could result in serious birth injuries.

UPMC & Neurosurgical Groups Settle False Claims Act Lawsuit

On July 28th, reporters Kris B. Mamula and Torsten Ove reported the settlement of a law suit filed by a former UPMC neurosurgeon (and others), evolving from alleged fraudulent misconduct in billing and charging patients for unnecessarily complicated and costly operative procedures. UPMC, Affiliates agree to pay $2.5 Million in False Claims Settlement

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.

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