Archive for the ‘Medical Malpractice’ Category

How a medical device spread cancer in women

In the United States, doctors perform approximately 600,000 hysterectomies each year. A medical procedure, called morcellation, was developed to reduce the size of an enlarged uterus so it could be removed through a minimally invasive procedure known as laparoscopic surgery. The introduction of power morcellation made the procedure easier for physicians and was used extensively to remove fibroid tumors in the uterus. Uterine fibroids, or non-cancerous tumors, which occur in as many as 80 percent of women by age 50, are the most common cause of an enlarged uterus and account for about 40 percent of hysterectomy cases. The problem is that power morcellators used to remove these fibroids can also spread undiagnosed cancer cells throughout the abdominal cavity of patients. In fact, a study released by the Journal of the American Medical Association determined that 1 in 386 women undergoing a procedure for presumed benign fibroids in fact had undiagnosed cancer tissue.
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Hospital mistakes may be putting you and your family at risk

When you go to a hospital, you think they’ll make you better, not make matters worse. Unfortunately, statistics show this is not always the case. In fact, preventable medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the U.S., right after heart disease and cancer, and claim the lives of an estimated 440,000 Americans each year. According to the U.S. National Center for Biotechnology Information, these medical errors are costing the nation a colossal $1 trillion each year. U.S. surgeons make more than 4,000 preventable surgical errors every year, such as removing the wrong limb or leaving a sponge or other medical device inside a patient during a procedure. According to a 10-year study conducted by Johns Hopkins University, researchers found these errors caused 6 percent of patients to die, 32.9 percent suffering permanent injury, and 59.2 percent suffering temporary injury. Of these medical mistakes, nearly half the errors involved a surgeon leaving a foreign object inside a patient, about 25 percent were wrong-site surgeries (such as operating on the wrong leg) and another 25 percent involved the wrong procedure being performed on a patient.
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Medical Malpractice Caps Don’t Benefit Patients

The American Medical Association and many physicians have been lobbying for medical malpractice reform for quite some time now. They tried to have medical malpractice reform included in the recently passed healthcare reform bill, but were not successful. Their stance is that medical malpractice caps would reduce healthcare costs because they would reduce the practice of “defensive medicine.” But a nonpartisan government office says this is not the case.

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The Price of Medical Malpractice

Errors committed by medical professionals are much harder to stomach than those made by people in any other profession. Doctors are the ones we depend on to keep us healthy, and to make us healthy when we’re ill. They are the last ones we expect to make us sicker, or, worst of all, to kill us through negligence, ignorance, or flat out error. Every doctor, upon graduation from medical school takes an oath to fulfill their obligation to the best of their ability. Doctors, as human beings, cannot be expected to be perfect, or to never make mistakes. But there are times when those mistakes stem from carelessness, or the desire to protect themselves while they are treating patients.

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Hepatitis C Virus Hits Colorado

When most of us go to a medical facility for a procedure, we expect to come home feeling better than when we went in. We expect to have our broken bones set, our cancer treated and our faulty hearts repaired. What we don’t expect is to come home infected with the Hepatitis C virus.

But that’s exactly was has happened to thousands of former patients at Rose Medical Center in Denver, Colorado and The Audubon Surgery Center in Colorado Springs. Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, New York and Christus St. John Hospital in Nassau Bay, Texas are also under investigation for possible hepatitis C exposure from Kristen Parker.
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Are You Stuck in 1988? Compensation for Victims of Medical Malpractice Is.

Do you still wear that awesome pair of MC Hammer pants you bought at the Chess King? Or, maybe you are still sporting a mullet, mall bangs, or have a line shaved into the sides of your head… Do you still watch Thirtysomething, religiously? You can’t get enough of the Golden Girls? Do you find yourself humming, “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into my Car,” or perhaps you have gotten in to an argument defending “Parents Just Don’t Understand,” as the definitive rap against which all others are to be judged. If so, you may be stuck in 1988. Do you know what else is? The non-economic damage caps for medical negligence cases in the State of Colorado.

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Medical Mistakes Effects 1 in 15 Children

On the heels of the highly publicized story of Dennis Quaid’s newborn twins’ near fatal accidental overdose of Heaparin, a newly released study in the April issue of Pediatrics journal, claims that nearly one of every fifteen children suffer from a medical error, accidental overdose or bad drug reaction while hospitalized.

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