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Complications with Hip Implants

Like any major surgery, recovering from hip replacement surgery can be a painful process, even if there are no complications. However, when something goes wrong, and the patient experiences extreme discomfort, swelling, or develops an infection, it could mean that there was a problem with the hip replacement device used in the procedure. Unfortunately, there » Read More


Risks Associated With Surgical Centers  

In an effort to provide a lower cost alternative to having a surgical procedure performed in a hospital, federal regulators have approved a growing number of procedures to be performed at surgery centers across the country. This trend has been so successful that, since the first facility opened nearly 50 years ago, there are more » Read More


Doctors’ Prescribing Habits

Each year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid collect data on the number of prescriptions written by providers in an effort to track prescribing habits. As part of their investigation into the opioid crisis, Raycom Media recently analyzed the Medicare Part D data, which provides a summary of providers’ prescriptions between 2013 and 2015. Specifically, » Read More


Measuring Diagnostic Errors

Research shows that close to 12 million Americans are impacted by diagnostic errors each year, one-third of which result in serious injuries, disabilities, or even death. A researcher from Johns Hopkins’ Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality has developed a new method for measuring and monitoring diagnostic errors to reduce the incidence of medical » Read More


Automated System Detects Medication Errors  

Medications can control pain, manage high blood pressure and cholesterol, and help treat serious diseases like cancer. However, when a medication is not administered correctly, it can jeopardize the health and safety of the patient.  According to a study published in JAMIA, researchers from the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center have developed a real-time, automated » Read More


Antipsychotic Drugs Overprescribed in Nursing Homes

Nursing home residents tend to be elderly patients who can no longer be taken care of at home. Oftentimes, they suffer from dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and other health conditions that can cause them to become confused, agitated, and even physically aggressive. To suppress these behaviors, they are often given antipsychotic medications, even if they do » Read More


Long-Term Risks Associated with Cesarean Delivery

The childbirth process is often one of the most joyful moments in parents’ lives, but it can also be filled with uncertainty, stress, and worry if something goes wrong. While vaginal deliveries are considered to be the most natural and uncomplicated method of childbirth, more women are choosing to deliver via cesarean for a variety » Read More


Avoiding an ADHD Misdiagnosis

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the most commonly diagnosed behavioral disorder in children under the age of 18. Oftentimes, physicians will diagnose a child with ADHD based on symptoms such as difficulty sleeping, irritability, fidgeting, forgetfulness, and anxiety. However, there are other medical conditions that » Read More


When Does a Misdiagnosis Warrant a Lawsuit?

According to a study by Johns Hopkins University, medical errors are responsible for over 250,000 fatalities per year in the United States, making it the third leading cause of fatality. The two most common medical errors are misdiagnosis and delayed diagnosis, both of which can have very serious consequences. The term misdiagnosis includes delayed diagnosis, » Read More


Infant Mortality Rates in the United States

The United States has some of the best hospitals in the world, where patients come to receive innovative, high quality care from world-renowned physicians. Yet, according to a study that was recently published in Health Affairs, the United States has the worst overall child mortality rates, compared to other developed countries. In addition, the Centers » Read More