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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


Study Finds Procedure to Relieve Chest Pain is Ineffective

Heart disease continues to be a leading cause of death in the U.S., claiming the lives of approximately 790,000 people each year from heart attacks alone. One of the most common treatment options is stenting, which involves inserting a tiny wire cage that opens-up blocked arteries. Doctors also use stents for the thousands of heart » Read More


Errors in Electronic Health Records

Today, almost all medical facilities have moved to the use of electronic health records (EHRs). Ninety percent of hospitals and eighty percent of physician practices record and keep patient records electronically. An increase in EHRs has been accompanied by an increase in EHR-related medical malpractice suits. Research Results The Doctor’s Company, the largest physician-owned malpractice » Read More


Doctor Misinterprets Test Results

Cancer screening tests can be extremely effective at determining whether a patient is at risk for developing certain types of cancer. For example, women who have a family history of breast cancer can be tested for a BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 gene mutation that would confirm whether they are at an increased risk for » Read More


Opioid Painkillers and Malpractice Claims

It is no secret that the opioid epidemic in this country is a major problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 33,000 of the 52,000 fatal drug overdoses in 2015 were from opioids. Since the early ‘90s, there has been a rise of nearly three times more prescription pain medication options » Read More


Lack of Response to Safety Issues in Hospitals

According to a recent article published by USA Today, hospital safety issues are not always addressed in a timely or productive manner. Depending on the specific issue, patients can be at risk for a wide range of illnesses and infections. Even when safety issues are officially reported, hospitals rarely face consequences that are serious enough » Read More


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