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May 2012 Archives

27 percent of Orthopedic residents at Harvard hospitals impaired

When most people think of Harvard things like elite, best in class and quality education come to mind. But according to a study published in the May issue of Archives of Surgery, 27 percent of orthopedic residents at two of Harvard's hospitals reported they were operating impaired from a lack of sleep. These are physicians that are in training who are operating on an average of a little more than five hours of sleep each day.

Surgeon sued in connection to patient's death

No patient should have to be subjected to surgical negligence. Such negligence can cause a great deal of harm to patients. Sadly, surgical negligence can sometimes even have fatal results. Thus, it is very important for medical professionals to make sure to not commit negligence while providing surgical care to patients.

Lawsuit alleges pharmacy gave woman wrong dosage

It is very important for pharmacies and pharmacists to make sure to act properly when it comes to the filling of prescriptions. When pharmacists or pharmacies act negligently in connection to the filling of prescriptions, it can result in prescription errors, such as dosage errors, occurring. Such errors can be very harmful.

Verdict reached in birth injury case

It can be extremely harmful when medical professionals commit negligence during the course of providing care in relation to the birth of a child. For example, such negligence can cause infants to suffer birth injuries. Birth injuries can have major impacts on infants (both in the short term and the long term). Thus, it is very important for medical professionals to act properly when providing care related to a child birth.

Appendicitis goes undiagnosed, woman loses part of her intestine

A doctor is someone who patients depend upon for their care and well-being. When a doctor's negligence results in the failure to diagnose a medical condition, or a misdiagnosis of the problem, the patient can be left feeling cheated, without a solution for their ailment. Sometimes this failure can lead to even more severe medical conditions.

Study: medication errors most likely to occur at administration stage

Medication errors can cause patients to suffer great harms. Such harms can have significant impacts on a patient's life. Thus, one hopes that all hospitals and medical professionals take all proper steps to prevent medication errors.

Settlement reached in medical malpractice case

A patient can suffer great harm when a medical professional or hospital commits negligence which results in a delay in him or her being correctly diagnosed and treated. No patient should have to be subjected to such negligence. Thus, it is very important for medical professionals and hospitals to act properly when it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of patients.

Woman brings lawsuit in connection to hip tear

It is very important for medical professionals to act properly when it comes to the performance of surgical procedures. If a medical professional commits negligence during the course of performing a surgical procedure on a patient, it can result in the patient suffering serious harms. Such harms can have a variety of significant effects on a patient's life.

Surgical negligence case ends in settlement

No patient should have to be subjected to surgical negligence. Such negligence can cause a great deal of harm to patients. Thus, it is very important for medical professionals to make sure to not commit negligence during the course of providing a patient with care in connection to a surgery.

Woman alleges two doctors failed to diagnose breast cancer in timely manner

It is very important for medical professionals to not act negligently when it comes to the examining, testing and diagnosing of patients. Diagnosis-related negligence can be extremely harmful to patients. For example, such negligence can result in a delay occurring in the detection and treatment of a condition a patient suffers from. Such delays in treatment can be very impactful. Thus, diagnosis-related negligence can be a very serious matter.

Medical malpractice and doctors' apologies

There is movement afoot by doctors' insurers to save them money by having doctors, nurses, and other health care providers apologize to patients injured by their mistakes to try to avoid being sued by the injured party.  Additionally, they will offer compensation for harm caused.  The patient may reject the offer and still file a lawsuit, but the apology or admission will not be admissible in court. Is this a good idea and does it protect patients?