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What Is the Difference Between a Coma and Brain Death?

Posted on: Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

When someone suffers traumatic brain injury, coma and brain death are two possible outcomes. Although coma sometimes progresses to brain death, the two injured states are distinct and characterized by very different symptoms. Coma and Vegetative State Coma is a state of deep unconsciousness that lasts for an indeterminate length of time. While in this state, the brain continues to emit electrical impulse signals to the rest of the body, but it is working at the lowest possible level. A vegetative state is a coma from which the patient has recovered brain stem function but not higher cognitive abilities. Such […]

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Filed under Brain Injury, Personal Injury, Serious Personal Injury.

Study Analyzes Use of Simvastatin and Environmental Enrichment on TBI Patients

Posted on: Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

A recent study published in the medical journal Brain Injury explored the use of Simvastatin and environmental enrichment on brain injury patients and the outcomes of each treatment. The target group of the study was patients with mild to moderate traumatic brain injuries that affected their temporal order memory and spontaneous object recognition. Researchers used male Wistar rats in the study, and compared the therapeutic effects of both Simvastatin and environmental enrichment to see whether they improved memory and recognition and, if so, by how much. Here’s how they conducted the study: The rats arrived at the research facility. Seven […]

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Filed under Brain Injury, Personal Injury.

Study Assesses Using Vyvanse to Treat Brain Injured People with ADHD

Posted on: Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Attention deficit disorder is one of the most common and debilitating results of traumatic brain injuries. A recent study published in the journal Brain Injury looked at the effectiveness of Vyvanse in terms of treating attention deficit disorder caused by moderate to severe traumatic brain injuries. This is the first study of its kind among traumatic brain injury patients, being unique in that no other study has examined how stimulant medications can affect this disorder, rather than the typical methylphenidate. The study was conducted over 12 weeks and utilized a randomized, placebo-controlled, double blind test with cross-over. Twenty-two patients were […]

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Filed under Brain Injury.

More People Filing Medical Malpractice Claims for Chronic Pain

Posted on: Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Both the number of pain management specialists and medical malpractice claims for pain management-related injury and death increased between 1980 and 2012, according to results of a study presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ 2014 Annual Meeting. But one statistic does not explain the other. “We found that pain claims increased by 6.3 percent for every 10 years, whereas the number of pain anesthesiologists increased by only 2.0 percent per 10 years,” Dr. Kelly Pollak told attendees. Since claims have changed in type and increased in severity, researchers hope anesthesiologists and doctors administering analgesics and opioids will take note […]

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Children Become Victims of Medication Mistakes Every Eight Minutes

Posted on: Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

After reviewing a decade of poison control hotline data, researchers determined that 63,358 children were the victim of a medication mistake each year, Reuters reported. According to Forbes, 400 suffered serious injury and 25 died in that 10 years. Both Forbes and Fox News suggested those numbers may actually have been higher, since some parents may not have realized their mistake, others may have turned to Google instead of the poison control hotline, and still more may have been worried about the police getting involved. Who’s Making These Mistakes and How Can They Be Prevented? “Most studies have focused on […]

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Man Awarded $1.5 Million After Medication Mistake During Botched Cataract Surgery Causes Blindness

Posted on: Friday, October 17th, 2014

A man has been awarded $1.5 million in damages after his surgeon used the wrong drug and blinded him during cataract removal surgery, outpatientsurgery.net recently reported. The surgeon should have used ophthalmic dye VisionBlue; instead, he used the methylene blue his nurse handed him. “Both the nurse and a surgical technician testified that they announced what the drug was before it was given to [the doctor], but he testified that he didn’t hear them,” the article stated. The patient underwent a second procedure and a corneal transplant after the mistake, but neither restored vision to his left eye. He also […]

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Filed under medication mistake, News, Prescription Errors, surgical error, Surgical Injuries.

If a Loved One Overdosed on Hydrocodone, Oxycontin, or Vicodin, Would You Know What To Do?

Posted on: Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

September 28, 2014, hundreds of “Fed Up!” family members and friends marched toward the White House to protest the number of people dying from prescription drug overdoses in this country, washingtonpost.com reported. One hundred people die from an opioid overdose each day, per the CDC. About five Ohioans overdose each day, according to Healthy Ohio. In 2013, the president of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing (PROP) told mcclatchydc.com that these statistics amount to a “public health emergency.” PROP and Fed Up! urged the FDA to reclassify hydrocodone as a schedule II drug, so patients would have to see their doctor […]

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Filed under News, prescription overdose.

Medicare’s Somewhat Faulty Attempt at Preventing Medical Malpractice

Posted on: Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Back in 2012, Kaiser Health News reported that Medicare would begin rewarding hospitals that provided quality care to patients and reducing payments to those that didn’t. “The Medicare program wants to ensure that the services they pay for are of high quality,” apta.org stated. As a result, Cleveland Clinic and 1,556 others were slated to receive bonuses, according to Kaiser’s December 20 article. Conversely, more than 2,200 hospitals were penalized because too many patients wound up readmitted within 30 days. “The way the program works is that Medicare is reducing payments to all hospitals by 1 percent, estimated at $964 […]

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Filed under Medical Malpractice, News.

Surgeon Admits Mistake, Hospital Insurer Denies It

Posted on: Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Last summer, a 74-year-old woman fell and broke several vertebrae due to osteoporosis. She underwent spinal fusion surgery but started suffering leg spasms, according to bostonglobe.com. “A doctor recommended she have a pump stitched underneath her skin to get calming medication directly to her spine, and out to her muscles, faster — often a two-hour outpatient procedure,” the August 31, 2014, article stated. “In the operating room [months later], the neurosurgeon requested a special dye to test the location of tubing that had been threaded into her spine. But the pharmacy didn’t have it and provided a different one.” The […]

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Filed under News, surgical error.

Woman Awarded $4 Million for Husband’s Heart Attack Misdiagnosis Death, Heart Surgeon Faces 4th Lawsuit

Posted on: Thursday, August 21st, 2014

August 20, 2014, al.com reported that a jury awarded a woman $4 million for her husband’s heart attack misdiagnosis after a seven-day medical malpractice trial. According to the article, her husband fell ill after breakfast in January 2008. Two days later, he went to the emergency room with chest pain and other symptoms. Those symptoms should have compelled the doctor “to question and investigate a serious and potentially life-threatening heart condition,” the lawsuit stated. Instead of performing necessary tests, he sent the patient home after four or five hours. Four days later, the man clutched his heart, told his wife […]

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Filed under Medical Malpractice, misdiagnosis, News.

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