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Cosmetic Surgery Errors

People decide to undergo cosmetic surgery for several reasons, ranging from fixing a large or crooked nose, a desire to appear younger, thinner, or more attractive, to removing a disfiguring scar. Whatever the reason, cosmetic surgery comes with the same risks as other surgical procedures. Unfortunately, a botched cosmetic surgery can cause devastating physical and » Read More

Understanding Medical Malpractice Compensation

Serious medical errors can cause a range of injuries or health complications that have devastating effects on the patient and his or her family. Depending on the nature of the error, and the medical care required to treat the injury, the patient can face mounting medical bills, lost wages, physical impairments or disfigurements, and emotional » Read More

Dangers of Gastric Balloons

For many people in this country, losing weight is a difficult task. When regular exercise and diet modifications have been difficult to achieve, many people turn to their healthcare provider for help. There are several procedures that can help with weight loss, including gastric bypass surgery. Other, less invasive procedures are also available, including gastric » Read More

Demand for Restructured Electronic Health Records

When electronic health records (EHRs) were first introduced to the medical industry, the hope was that they would decrease physicians’ workloads and improve the quality of patient care. However, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have found that EHRs are not being used to their full potential. In fact, their study shows » Read More

Health Risks Associated with Incorrect Dosing of Common Medication

Physicians must consider a wide range of information when prescribing medication. They must weigh the benefits of the drug with the potential side effects, as well as any risk factors that the patient might have. The physician must then determine the exact dosage amount that will be both effective and safe. Researchers from Stanford University » Read More

Doctor Turns to YouTube to Learn Surgical Procedure  

After suffering an allergic reaction that caused his tongue and throat to swell, a South Carolina man went to the Union Medical Center. His condition worsened, and he eventually had trouble breathing. The doctor performed a cricothyrotomy to help the patient breathe, but the patient went into cardiac arrest during the procedure and suffered fatal » Read More

Surgical Checklists Prevent Medical Errors

Could something as simple as a checklist help prevent healthcare professionals from making serious medical errors? Unfortunately, medical errors happen more frequently than you might think, and some can lead to serious health complications and fatalities. More hospitals across the country are implementing the use of checklists, particularly in operating rooms, as an effective way » Read More

Risk of Commonly Prescribed Drugs  

As we age, we become more susceptible to certain medical conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, urinary incontinence, and depression. One treatment option for these conditions is the use of anticholinergic drugs, which block the effects of the chemical released by nerve cells to send signals to other nerves. However, a recent study found that the anticholinergic » Read More

Direct Transport to Specialized Care Hospitals

If someone is suffering from a heart attack, immediate access to life-saving medical care is crucial. In some states, emergency medical services (EMS) are required to transport the patient to the closest hospital for treatment. However, if that facility does not offer the specialized treatment needed, the patient’s condition may worsen. Other states allow EMS » Read More

Complications with Popular Birth Control Device

A Baltimore woman was forced to have a full hysterectomy and had her toes amputated after her intrauterine device (IUD) shifted and broke into pieces inside her body, causing serious complications. The device was inserted shortly after giving birth to her daughter and did not give her any problems until nearly three years later when » Read More