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Does Failed Electronic Fetal Monitoring Fall under Malpractice?

Electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) is commonly used by medical professionals to monitor a baby’s health during labor and is pretty much standard practice for most obstetricians. These machines continuously record fetal heart rate and other activities, and heart rate is critical because the patterns establish whether the fetus is getting enough oxygen throughout labor and » Read More

What Should I Do if I Suspect My Doctor is Being Negligent?

According to the patient advocacy website My Medical Score, more than 12 million people in the United States are misdiagnosed every year. And medical errors lead to an estimated 250,000 deaths annually. That is alarming news considering that as patients, we put our utmost faith and trust our nurses, doctors, surgeons, and other health care » Read More

How Common are Pediatric Medical Mistakes?

Each year, 30 million children are sent to the emergency room for a range of illnesses and personal injury. For both the children and their parents, this can be an extremely stressful and overwhelming experience, particularly if the illness or injury is serious or life-threatening. The last thing parents expect to have happen is for » Read More

How Can I Avoid Being the Victim of a Medication Error?

When a health care provider prescribes medication for a patient, there are several factors that must be considered before administering the medication. For example, the physician must review the patient’s health history, determine if the patient has any allergies, consider possible drug interactions with medications the patient is already taking, and potential side effects of » Read More

How to Avoid a Misdiagnosis

Doctors often diagnose an illness based on the symptoms that the patient is suffering from, as well as the patient’s age, family history, and other information that can help accurately identify the problem. However, oftentimes, patients have symptoms that are nonspecific, like headaches, muscle or joint pain, or stomach discomfort that leave physicians just as » Read More

When Doctors Drug Test and Ignore Results

In 2014 in Indiana, a doctor committed medical malpractice when he took millions from Medicare for urine tests for prescription and illegal drugs, but failed to act when results were positive. Four patients died, and the doctor’s clinic continued prescribing for dozens of others who failed tests. One patient who failed 46 urine tests was » 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