Common Spinal Surgery Complication Becomes a Malpractice Issue

An incidental durotomy is an unintentional small tear or puncture to the dura matter, which is the outer membrane that covers the spinal cord. These occur somewhat frequently during spinal surgical procedures, although they do not usually cause any long-term problems or permanent damage if the tear is recognized and repaired quickly. However, if a » Read More

Medication Errors in Nursing Homes

The average nursing home patient is often prescribed multiple medications to treat and manage the health conditions common among older patients. If a healthcare professional prescribes an incorrect dose or administers a medication that is known to have a negative interaction with a drug the patient is already taking, it can cause serious harm to » Read More

Misdiagnosis of Psychotic Alzheimer’s Patients

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common forms of dementia, affecting over five million people in the United States alone. There is no cure for Alzheimer’s and a diagnosis can be a devastating blow to the patient and his or her family. Alzheimer’s is frequently misdiagnosed because it can resemble other types of dementia » Read More

Sick Healthcare Professionals Put Patients at Risk

When people acquire an illness, they trust doctors and nurses to help them recover. When healthcare professionals (HCPs) acquire illnesses themselves, they are not able to provide the care their patients need. Hospitals and other healthcare facilities must have systems in place to ensure that sick workers can stay home and avoid infecting patients. However, » Read More