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POSTS TAGGED "hospital negligence"

Cerebral Palsy in Newborns and Medical Malpractice

Cerebral palsy generally refers to neurological conditions that normally occur during birth. These are manifested through an inability to move, balance or have normal posture as with infants. It results from an abnormality in one or several parts of the brain. Normally, there could be factors that may have disrupted the brain’s development as the baby was being formed in the mother’s womb. It could also be a genetic defect that causes malformation of nerve connections in an infant’s brain. You could look at it from a wiring point of view. Some wires in the brain may not connect well with others so to speak.

Are Some Hospitals Endangering Patients by Ignoring "Super Bugs"?

 

Experts have long warned about the possible development of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria and those fears appear to be coming true. According to a new investigative report from USA Today, American hospitals might not be doing enough to innovate new ways to slow the spread of these so-called "super bugs" in New York City and the rest of the country.

Since even the strongest antibiotic medications are useless against these infections and no new advances are on the horizon, it may be up to medical professionals to prevent the bug from infecting new victims. However, despite the growing awareness of this problem, many doctors, nurses and aides still do not have plans in place to recognize and respond to super bug symptoms. This needlessly endangers other vulnerable patients and could even reflect medical negligence

 

 

With New Technology, New Hospital Hazards, Part 2

Last week, a previous post presented the first three entries on ECRI Institute's list of technology-related hospital hazards. This list presents some of the potential dangers that result from huge improvements in treatment technology and processes.

4. Many patients have observed the source of a fourth potential problem. While electronic records have made it easier for all caregivers to stay on the same page and easily access a patient's information, it is also easier for mistaken entries to have a bigger impact. Errors or software glitches can affect patients throughout a hospital's system, throwing major wrenches into the treatment process.

5. Hospitals are also starting to plug these records into larger systems that can automate some aspects of treatment where appropriate. Again, these computer systems depend on reliable software and accurate data entry - mistakes can have dangerous consequences for patients, including misdiagnosis or medication errors.

With New Technology, New Hospital Hazards, Part 1

Advances in healthcare technology have improved many aspects of hospital-based care. However, these new and better processes and instruments also bring new areas of concern for doctors and other medical staff. The ECRI Institute, a non-profit healthcare research organization, recently released its sixth annual report that lists the biggest technology-related dangers in American hospitals.

Each of these ten dangers represents a potentially catastrophic opportunity for medical malpractice or negligence - patients and caregivers need to be aware of these problem areas. This is the first of a two-part series that will look at ECRI's concerns.

The "Weekend Effect" Holds True for Head Injury Victims: Higher Likelihood of a Fatality When Admitted on the Weekend

 Just over a month ago, we blogged about so-called "July Effect," which suggests that July can be the worst time for a patient to enter the hospital since that is when all of the new interns enter. It raised an interesting question as to whether there are other times of the year, month, week or even day that tend to be a bit risky for hospital patients.

According to a study done by researchers from John Hopkins, it appears that there are patterns in patient care, and the odds of death for patients admitted on the weekend is higher than those who are admitted during the week.

The study, which was published in the Journal of Surgical Research, reviewed over 38,000 records of patients who had suffered head trauma. It found head injuries admitted on the weekend, even if it was less severe of a head injury, were more likely to prove fatal. The results were not a surprise to many health care professionals, as previous studies have already established a well-known "weekend effect" when it comes to heart attacks, strokes and aneurisms.

FAQ: How do you confront a hospital about medical malpractice?

 If you were injured during a medical procedure, it is important to hold people accountable for their actions. Gather any evidence you have about your injury - medical records, documents from the hospital, photos or videos - and bring them to a medical malpractice lawyer to discuss your situation. An experienced hospital negligence attorney will help you determine if you have a case against a hospital, emergency room or your doctor and file a lawsuit accordingly.

To learn more about whether you have a case, schedule a free consultation with our medical malpractice lawyers by calling 212-750-1200 or emailing our office.

Surgeons Who Drink Before Operating Put Patients at Risk

 For many, it is no surprise that people who work in high-stress occupations are vulnerable to alcohol abuse. Unfortunately, many of these same occupations require a great deal of skill. This is particularly troubling when the abuse might affect a medical practitioner who needs to operate at peak performance to ensure the safety of a patient.

A recent survey has revealed that a high percentage of medical surgeons have a drinking problem. A survey published in the February edition of Archives of Surgery found that 14 percent of male surgeons and 26 percent of female surgeons are alcoholics. One analyst has said the numbers might even be higher, since only about 29 percent of those surveyed actually responded. Researchers do not find this surprising since people with drinking problems often are reluctant to reveal that problem to others.

The survey did not specifically attempt to learn if surgeons who drink more have higher rates ofmedical negligence. But an earlier study in the same publication indicated this might be the case if the surgeon operates the day after a night of drinking.

Hospital Negligence Leads to $22 Million Verdict

 In an outrageous case of medical malpractice, a hospital was hit with a $22 million medical malpractice verdict after causing a patient's stroke and subsequent loss of both her arms and legs. The stroke was the result of an unnecessary procedure.

Hospital doctors requested an angiogram to look into an unusual vein in the patient's brain. The woman was seeking treatment only for migraine headaches that were increasingly hard to bear.

Apparently the vein had little, if anything, to do with the migraine problem.

Dye injected into the woman's brain for the angiogram caused her to enter into a coma. When she finally woke up two weeks after the procedure, she found that she could not move her arms or legs.

C Diff: The Preventable, Yet Persistent Problem With Infections

 Clostridium difficile, or C diff, is a bacterial infection often linked to medical care facilities. C diff primarily causes chronic diarrhea in affected patients and can even lead to death; the bacterial infection is associated with some 14,000 deaths each year. And in most cases it is entirely preventable.

That is to say that almost 14,000 people die each year from an infection that most likely would not be spread if all hospital employees and medical staff properly washed their hands and followed basic routine measures.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of C diff infections are currently at an all-time high among U.S. hospitals - occurring in both inpatient and outpatient care.

$178M Verdict for Medical Negligence in Gastric Bypass Case

 When a Florida man underwent gastric bypass surgery the last thing he expected was to end up in a wheelchair, almost blind and unable to speak. But after receiving poor follow-up treatment to weight loss surgery that is exactly what happened.

Two years ago, the man had gastric bypass surgery at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. Following the surgery, he experienced several complications - most of which the doctor failed to properly diagnose and as a result not treated in a timely manner.

The man and his family sued the hospital, alleging that the care he received was below industry standards and that the doctor who performed the weight loss surgery was not qualified to handle bariatric surgical procedure.

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