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Poor Communication Among Healthcare Professionals Lead to Catheter Infections

Catheters are often used during a surgical procedure or when patients are unable to urinate. Indwelling catheters drain urine from the bladder into a bag outside the body. These devices are widely used in hospitals, but if they are not properly monitored by the healthcare professionals responsible for a patient’s care, they can cause infections. » Read More


Four Patient Deaths Associated with Endotracheal Tubes

Teleflex Incorporated issued a worldwide recall on several of its endotracheal tubes after the company received reports of four deaths and serious injuries associated with the products. The Class 1 recall, which involves products that cause serious adverse health consequences or death, affected certain lots of Hudson RCI Sheridan Endotracheal Tubes, which were used to » Read More


Lyme Disease Misdiagnosis Leads to Serious Health Complications

A common misconception about Lyme disease is that you will immediately develop a bulls-eye rash or flu-like symptoms if you are bitten by a disease-carrying tick. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. In fact, those who develop these symptoms are lucky because they will likely get treated before the disease has a chance to » Read More


Recovering Compensation for a Birth Injury

Over the course of a woman’s pregnancy, the last thing the expectant mother plans for is a serious birth injury. Unfortunately, complications can occur during pregnancy and the child birthing process that can compromise the health of both the mother and the baby. Depending on the type of trauma, the baby can suffer relatively minor » Read More


Surgeons’ Unprofessional Treatment of Colleagues Can Impact Patient Safety

In the medical field, surgeons are known for being some of the most brilliant, talented, and technically gifted individuals. Unfortunately, they also have a reputation for being rude, condescending, and unprofessional towards fellow colleagues, including nurses, physicians, and other members of their team. While some surgeons claim that this type of behavior can be productive » Read More


Patient Awarded $11.5 Million in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

In April 2009, an 18-month-old girl was brought to Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Massachusetts by her father after she started vomiting and showing signs of dehydration. According to court documents, a radiologist performed a chest x-ray and determined that the patient likely had bronchiolitis v. atypical pneumonia. However, he failed to diagnose her enlarged heart, which » Read More


Proving Causation in a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

Medical malpractice lawsuits typically occur when a medical professional fails to provide the accepted standard of care, causing harm to the patient, either in the form of an injury or an illness. For the patient to reach a successful settlement, proving causation in a medical malpractice case can be difficult. A skilled medical malpractice lawyer » Read More


Study Highlights the Frequency of Medical Errors

In an article published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, researchers from Johns Hopkins University found that health care providers tend to underestimate the rate of diagnostic errors, and often fail to recognize the impact that diagnostic testing has on patients. While diagnostic uncertainty is not uncommon and certain diagnostic errors are an unfortunate » Read More


Rise in Maternal Deaths in the United States

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report that shines a light on the number of women who are dying in this country from health complications associated with pregnancy. According to the report, three out of every five mothers who die during pregnancy or childbirth could have survived had they received the » Read More


What Do I Need to Know About Filing a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?

A common misconception about medical malpractice cases is that any time a health care provider makes a mistake, it amounts to medical malpractice. However, to file a malpractice lawsuit, you must have grounds to make a claim. There are several things to consider if you are unsure about whether you have grounds to make a » Read More