A lawsuit has been filed alleging medical malpractice that resulted in the death of a 1-year old boy. The boy was taken to the hospital by his mother where he was diagnosed as having a viral infection. Sensing that something else was wrong, the mother took the boy back to the emergency room later that evening.
Two new studies have found a prevalence of errors occurring where medicines or anesthesia is given before or during surgical procedures. Many of such medication errors have led to fatalities.
The story of the former medical technician accused of stealing narcotics and possibly being responsible for an outbreak of hepatitis C apparently at one time worked for a Pittsburgh hospital. That hospital is now being sued for medical malpractice and negligence by a woman who allegedly contracted hepatitis C.
According to the ECRI Institute for the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority (PPSA), doctors often prescribe medications before being aware that the patient is also taking another medication that may result in an adverse reaction. Unfortunately, it was also reported that such medication errors involved controlled substances that could lead to more severe consequences.
There is a concern that pregnant women may be prescribed antihypertensive drugs without doctors taking into account possible consequences. Though such medications obviously can prevent hypertension in pregnant women, the risks of birth injuries and pregnancy complications such as placental abruption, fetal demise, superimposed preeclampsia, preterm birth or maternal morbidity by taking such medications have not been studied.
Pittsburgh patients should be made aware that radiation used for medical purposes may simply be overused. Though use of radiation can often reveal a number of medical problems, it can damage DNA and create risks of cancer sometimes in the future.
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.
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.
A professor at the University of Pennsylvania has noted that experience in and of itself does mean the doctor is less prone to error. Doctors often rely on anecdotal evidence concerning what has worked in the past, but such physicians have not always kept up with what is current in the medical field.
Medical staff needs to be responsive to the individual needs of their patients. A failure to abide by protocol or review a patient's medical history can often lead to devastating results.