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Medical Errors Skyrocket 70 Percent

Posted on: Monday, August 18th, 2014

The number of medical errors in one state increased 70 percent last year, since it revamped its reporting requirements, insurancejournal.com said. According to the August 15, 2014, article, mistakes included bedsores, surgical fires, contaminated medication, and wrong site surgery, such as removing the wrong kidney. “Acute care hospitals in the state reported 753 incidents, while other types of hospitals reported 206 incidents,” fiercehealthcare.com stated. “Part of the reason for the hike may be due to the fact that hospitals must now report serious injuries, patient death or injury from failure to follow-up or communicate laboratory, pathology or radiology test results.” […]

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Filed under Medical Malpractice, News, surgical fire.

Jury Verdict Reversed in Accutane Lawsuit for IBD

Posted on: Monday, August 18th, 2014

Prescription acne medication Accutane hit the market in 1982, was pulled from the market in 2009, and has since been the subject of more than 8,000 failure-to-warn lawsuits, according to Bloomberg, which reported a verdict reversal August 4, 2014. “A judge erred in the 2011 trial because she wrongly ruled that the question of whether Accutane caused IBD was ‘tied to’ the decision by the plaintiff to take the drug, not to her doctor’s decision to prescribe it,” Bloomberg stated. The appellate court’s 54-page opinion said a drug manufacturer upholds its duty to warn if it tells doctors about potential […]

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Filed under Dangerous Prescription Drugs, News.

Woman Files Unnecessary Surgery Lawsuit After Grandmother’s Multiple Myeloma Death

Posted on: Monday, August 18th, 2014

A 31-year-old woman has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit after “needlessly” donating her kidney to her grandmother, who died from cancer 11 months later, per wacotrib.com. According to the August 9, 2014, article, the older woman went to the hospital in 2012 because she was suffering from headaches and high blood pressure. She underwent a CAT scan, and the radiologist “noted ‘temporal bone irregularities,’ and said ‘it would be difficult to exclude metastatic disease or multiple myeloma,’ according to the lawsuit.” About two weeks later, the kidney transplant was performed. One year after the CAT scan, she died at age […]

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Attorney Says Children’s Hospital Settled Birth Injury Lawsuit the Day Trial Was Scheduled to Begin

Posted on: Sunday, August 17th, 2014

More than four years after an IV tube mistake caused a baby’s brain damage, the hospital has settled the family’s medical malpractice lawsuit, their attorney told mlive.com. August 12, 2012, the website said the child “was born Feb. 26, 2010, after an uncomplicated pregnancy and Cesarean section.” When she showed symptoms of jaundice a few hours later, she was treated with light therapy. When the condition didn’t improve quickly enough, a doctor suggested an exchange transfusion to prevent brain damage. “In that procedure, blood is slowly withdrawn through a tube in the belly button while fresh blood or plasma flows […]

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Filed under birth injuries, News.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed After Power Outage During Open Heart Surgery

Posted on: Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

An hour into a 62-year-old woman’s coronary bypass, the power went out in the operating room for 10 minutes, and the generator never kicked on, according to abqjournal.com. “Even though the power was restored, the surgical team, citing ‘patient safety reasons,’ aborted the procedure and closed her incisions,” the July 27, 2014, article said. Four days later, the patient died from “cardiogenic shock with multi-organ failure secondary to her surgery,” her family’s wrongful death attorney told reporters. The family filed a lawsuit for “failure to maintain the systems that are critical for the functioning of the operating rooms.” Seven months […]

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Filed under News, Wrongful Death.

Bedsores, Staph, and Sepsis Lead Nursing Home to be Sued for Wrongful Death

Posted on: Monday, August 11th, 2014

August 3, 2014, theledger.com reported that a woman suffered from bedsores, dehydration, and several infections, including staph and sepsis, before dying at the nursing home where she resided for nearly two years. One of the woman’s six children has filed a wrongful death lawsuit for neglect. Three years ago, the CDC said 20 percent of septic patients over age 65 die after being hospitalized. Septicemia is the most common reason nursing home residents are transferred to the hospital, according to modernhealthcare.com, which defined sepsis as “a fast-moving infection that often begins in the skin, lungs or abdomen and then spreads […]

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Filed under News, Wrongful Death.

Johnson & Johnson Asks Hysterectomy and Fibroid Removal Surgeons to Return Morcellators

Posted on: Sunday, August 10th, 2014

As the FDA and the medical community continue to debate how many women may be at risk of having undetected cancer spread via morcellation, Johnson & Johnson has asked surgeons to return the laparoscopic tool, according to outpatientsurgery.net. In April, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported that Johnson & Johnson stopped selling the product after the FDA asked doctors to refrain from using morcellators during hysterectomy and fibroid removal procedures. “We believe that suspending the commercialization of these products until their role is better understood and redefined by the medical community is the appropriate course of action at this time,” […]

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Head of Orthopedic Surgery Leaves Infection Untreated, Loses $2.3 Million Lawsuit

Posted on: Sunday, August 10th, 2014

August 4, 2014, leaderherald.com reported that a jury awarded a man $2.3 million for having to undergo hip replacement surgery when a doctor released him from the hospital without treating his infection. According to lohud.com, the plaintiff visited a radiology department for an MRI in 2010. “While there, he was given an injection that is believed to have caused the infection,” the site stated. A couple of days later, he checked into the hospital, which took a culture test. After a two-day stay and a 25-minute consultation with the head of orthopedic surgery, the plaintiff was released, despite the fact […]

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Filed under Failure to Diagnose, misdiagnosis, News, Wrongful Death.

VA Doctor Misdiagnoses Prostate Cancer as Inflammation

Posted on: Sunday, August 10th, 2014

A 58-year-old man has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a VA clinic for misdiagnosing prostate cancer as prostatitis, or inflammation, according to timesleader.com. Michael Keslosky III began seeing VA doctors in 2006, and they treated his symptoms with antibiotics and hormone therapy. He claims he didn’t learn he had stage IV prostate cancer until U.S. Rep. Matt Cartwright sent him a letter responding to a congressional inquiry about his complaint. The letter said Keslosky’s cancer had metastasized to his bones and that he’d been assigned a high risk nurse manager. Keslosky’s lawsuit refutes both claims and said the VA […]

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Filed under Medical Malpractice, misdiagnosis, News.

FDA Will Discuss Low-T Therapy Heart Attack Risks September 17

Posted on: Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

July 15, 2014, vancouversun.com reported that men in Canada should not use Low-T therapy products unless lab tests have confirmed that they have low testosterone. Further, men should not use products such as AndroGel and Androderm if they have heart problems, and doctors should not prescribe testosterone replacement products without first assessing a patient’s cardiovascular risks. “A recent Health Canada safety review found a growing body of evidence suggesting that the use of replacement testosterone may pose an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, blood clots in the lungs or legs, and heart rhythm irregularities,” vancouversun.com stated. Less than two […]

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