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March 2012 Archives

Do People With Health Insurance Get Better Care?

The United States Supreme Court has been hearing arguments all week on whether it should strike down the new federal healthcare law passed by Congress and supported by the Obama administration. The most controversial aspect of the law, the so-called "private mandate," requires all individuals to purchase health insurance or face a financial penalty. It will be interesting to see what the Supreme Court decides in this landmark case.

Do People With Health Insurance Get Better Care?

The United States Supreme Court has been hearing arguments all week on whether it should strike down the new federal healthcare law passed by Congress and supported by the Obama administration. The most controversial aspect of the law, the so-called "private mandate," requires all individuals to purchase health insurance or face a financial penalty. It will be interesting to see what the Supreme Court decides in this landmark case.

Failure to diagnose diabetes

Attempts are being made in Pennsylvania to increase awareness of the problems in diagnosing of diabetes. Close to a quarter of individuals with diabetes have yet to be diagnosed. One indicator of the disease is when blood sugar is measured to be too high as this can indicate that the pancreas is not producing enough insulin.

High numbers of hospital and surgical infections

One great area of concerns for all patients concern surgical site infections due to surgical errors. Though there has been a decline of infections in Pennsylvania hospitals that have cropped up during a patient's hospital stay, such infections remain a major concern as nearly 99,000 patients across the country die every year due to this condition.

Pennsylvania medication errors and role of pharmacy

In a five year period in Pennsylvania, more than 500 medication errors occurred while an in-house pharmacy was closed. Many pharmacies have gone to on-site 24-hour services, but safeguards still need to be in place to prevent mix-ups in medications from occurring.

Doctors prescribing and dispensing of medicine at the same time

In Pennsylvania a doctor does not require a license to dispense of medication. Yet it is a great concern that doctors are provided with too much authority to directly provide medicine to patients without any safeguards to prevent a medication error.

Pharmacy mistakenly provides cancer medication to children

A pharmacy provided children with breast cancer medication rather than fluoride pills. Though the type of medication probably will not lead to adverse effects from taking of the incorrect medication, nevertheless this was a medication error that should never have occurred. Unfortunately, this type of error has occurred in Pennsylvania as well.

Pregnant women and epidurals during labor

Pregnant women from Pittsburgh need to be aware of risks that occur when medical providers give epidurals during labor. There can be adverse effects to the epidural analgesia provided while a mother is in labor that lead to spiked fevers in the mother and oxygen deprivation for the newborn child.

Man dies of anesthetic reaction as no doctor could be found

The administration of anesthesia can result in all sorts of errors including brain trauma, and Pittsburgh hospitals must always take care during any surgery to insure brain injury or death does not occur. Many such errors were preventable if instructions and procedures were in place for emergency staff that could easily have been understood and followed.

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