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Potential Risks Associated with Anesthesia

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a warning that the use of certain types of anesthesia and sedatives could have a negative effect on the neurodevelopment of children under the age of three. The FDA found that in animal and human studies when certain types of anesthesia or sedative drugs were used for » Read More


Epidural Steroid Injections  

Epidural steroid injections (ESI) are often recommended for people who are suffering from chronic pain because of a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, and other injuries that cause the nerves to become inflamed. The procedure involves injecting steroids and other medications into a specific area of the spinal canal using a needle or catheter. » Read More


The Dangers of Undiagnosed Brain Injuries

Hospital emergency rooms tend to be extremely busy and hectic places. On any given day, doctors and nurses must evaluate, diagnose, and treat patients suffering from a variety of medical issues ranging from lacerations and broken bones to severe infections and illnesses. If a condition is not properly diagnosed, and the patient does not receive » Read More


Gastric Balloon Perforations Lead to Fatalities

For many patients suffering from obesity and the range of health conditions that go along with it, surgical procedures like gastric bypass and gastric balloon implants have resulted in significant weight loss and improved health. However, patients, physicians, and surgeons should be aware that there may be serious health risks associated with these procedures and » Read More


Cerebral Palsy Caused by Medical Error

Cerebral palsy affects up to 10,000 children each year, according to the Cerebral Palsy Group, a non-profit advocacy organization. Cerebral palsy is a group of neurological disorders affecting coordination, balance, and movement. The area of the brain that controls muscle movement is damaged, causing those with the disability to have difficulty with muscle control, speech » Read More


Children Who Develop Kernicterus

Although jaundice is a common ailment for some infants, if not diagnosed and properly treated, it could develop into a life-threatening condition called kernicterus. This may interfere with a child’s well-being for years to come and develop into cerebral palsy. In the past, many doctors did not see cases of kernicterus because hospital stays for » Read More


Poor Stethoscope Hygiene Can Result in Infections

Healthcare providers use stethoscopes repeatedly throughout the day on numerous patients. Yet, according to a report published in the July issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official journal of the Association for Professional in Infection Control and Epidemiology, doctors and nurses rarely sanitize their stethoscopes after each patient encounter. This lack of » Read More


Patients Want More Information About Drug Side Effects  

  Doctors prescribe medications to their patients in order to help treat and manage a wide range of conditions and illnesses. Ideally, the medication is effective at treating the condition without causing any unpleasant side effects. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Doctors have a responsibility to warn patients about potential side effects that » Read More


NIH’s Clinical Center: Patient Safety Concerns

The Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is recognized worldwide as a leader in biomedical research. Thousands of patients come to the Clinical Center each year hoping to benefit from the kind of life-saving medical breakthroughs that have made it the flagship hospital of the NIH. Recently, however, a report found that » Read More


When General Practitioners Fail to Diagnose Heart Disease

New research published in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety reveals that close to 25 percent of patients with a misdiagnosis of heart attack or coronary artery disease had a history of cardiovascular disease. The research was conducted by CRICO Strategies and The Doctors Company. Unfortunately, failing to recognize the signs or » Read More