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August 2012 Archives

About 1 in 10 patients suffers postoperative complications

According to the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, approximately ten percent of patients develop postoperative complications following surgery. The study showed that as many as 11.3 percent of surgical patients were admitted back to the hospital within 30 days after surgery.

Birth injury verdict exceeds $100 million

A teenage girl suffering from cerebral palsy just received a jury verdict in excess of $100 million. It is alleged that her medical condition came about due to birth injuries suffered when her and her twin sister were born three months prematurely. It is further claimed that the two sisters were born early due to the hospital's failure to provide adequate care.

Surgical error results in brain damage

A major university hospital has settled a medical malpractice case for $1.25 million. The patient in question underwent surgery for testicular cancer, but the surgery become complicated due to a hemorrhage and cardiac failure that occurred while the surgery was ongoing. This has resulted in a brain injury so severe that the patient is now in a vegetative state.

Radiologist sued for failure to follow-up on cancer concerns

In 2011, a Pennsylvania radiologist while examining an X-ray noted a small area of increased density in a patient's chest. Though a follow-up X-ray was recommended, the results of the follow-up were never communicated to the patient until it was too late. By the next year, this patient was suffering from irreversible lung cancer.

More treatment leads to more medical mistakes

The Institute of Medicine claims that the number of patients dying from medical mistakes in Pennsylvania and across the United States has almost doubled in recent years. Whether or not this is entirely true depends upon the accuracy of statistics generated by each individual state. There is no universal way of making the determination because each state records medical errors differently.

Hospital chain accused of performing unnecessary surgery

HCA is considered to be the largest for-profit hospital chain in the United States, and it has 163 facilities - some here in Pennsylvania. HCA is also now at the center of a medical ethics scandal due to some of the surgical operation procedures at these facilities.

Fundraiser begun for Pennsylvania child with cerebral palsy

It's so extremely sad to learn of a child born with cerebral palsy that there's usually little to report to concerning such an incident that can be considered positive. Yet friends of families that have given birth to such a child will do everything in their power to be supportive.

Despite requirements, medical mistakes remain unreported

Pennsylvania has spent a significant amount of time revamping its reporting requirements for hospital errors. However, according to a Department of Health and Human Services report (HHS), hospitals across the country are ignoring state requirements for reporting of errors where patients may have been harmed.

Misdiagnosed cancer in younger patients is on the rise

Pennsylvanians suffering from unrelenting symptoms may want to seek additional medical advice to ensure their symptoms are not misdiagnosed. In particular, younger patients should be aware of the dangers of misdiagnosed cancer. Doctors often only expect to find certain cancers, like colorectal cancer, in patients over 50.

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