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April 2012 Archives

Eight-inch surgical tool left in man's abdomen

Most patients trust that careless mistakes will not be made by their medical providers while they are on the surgical table. Happily, patients in Pittsburgh are more fortunate in this regards than certain other areas in the nation. Just recently, a surgical error that took place in a southern state may have resulted in ongoing health problems for the patient.

The need for interpreters in hospital emergency rooms

We've written before about how so many medical and medication errors occur due to miscommunications between staff members. Another important part of communication often overlooked is communication between medical staff and the patient.

Nationally renown rehab facility sued for wrongful death

A nationally renown treatment center is being sued for the death of a 20-year-old patient while he was under treatment for bulimia and alcoholism. When complications arose in his treatment, the facility transferred him to another center, where he suffered from cardiac arrest and died.

Hospitals and Doctors Need to Admit Mistakes

Seven hospitals in Massachusetts have finally come to believe something that lawyers may say is pretty obvious: It is better if doctors and hospitals admit their medical mistakes up front to patients and try to pay them fair compensation for injuries they have caused.

Reporting requirements regarding surgical site infections

Surgeries performed that result in infection for patients kills approximately 8,000 patients every year. And because hospitals in Pennsylvania and the whole United States are reluctant to report such surgical errors recommendations for public reporting standards of such hospital infections have been made.

Woman dies of brain damage following surgery

Something as simple as a misplaced tube during surgery resulted in the death of a woman due to brain injury. It appears that an anesthesiologist did not note that the oxygen tube had moved during the surgical procedure and the woman was deprived of oxygen while the anesthesia was administered.

Doctors and surgical mistakes

To put things in perspective, approximately 100,000 deaths occur every year due to medical mistakes. Such errors occur in Pennsylvania and across the country. What we've discovered is that even the best trained of surgeons can have lapses and make surgical errors. For example, one talented surgeon operated on the wrong side of the brain of a patient because he looked at a CAT scan that was hung backwards.

Drug shortage can lead to medication errors

Pennsylvania's United States Senator, Bob Casey, has attempted to introduce legislation that would address a perceived drug shortage in the United States as it has felt that the nation is dealing with one of the worst drug shortages in 40-years. Such a shortage can also have unanticipated consequences that have resulted in a number of medication errors throughout the nation.

Coal Mine Official Pleads Guilty

One of the main officials of a large West Virginia Coal Company recently pled guilty to fraud charges in connection with an April 2010 coal mine explosion that killed several workers at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia. According to the federal charges, Gary May, the superintendent of the mine, made changes to the mine's ventilation system during federal inspections in order to deceive inspectors.

Coal Mine Official Pleads Guilty

One of the main officials of a large West Virginia Coal Company recently pled guilty to fraud charges in connection with an April 2010 coal mine explosion that killed several workers at the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia. According to the federal charges, Gary May, the superintendent of the mine, made changes to the mine's ventilation system during federal inspections in order to deceive inspectors.

Zoloft related to heart defects in newborn children

Zoloft is popular among Pittsburgh doctors in treating depression. However, studies have now shown that the use of Zoloft by pregnant women is now being linked to children being born with serious heart defects. And as well as congenital heart defects, use of this medication has also been connected with other birth injuries as well.

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