Though the headlines tell a story about a Catholic hospital attempting to reduce liability in a medical malpractice lawsuit by arguing that the fetuses that died could not be legally considered people, the real tragedy occurred in the operating room where the mother and the two fetuses died.
Whether you call them emergency rooms or emergency departments, a recent study shows that if you seek medical attention when one is busy you might be risking more than money. According to the study, there was a direct link between busy ERs, mortality risk and higher financial costs.
People often wonder why they wait so long to be treated in an emergency room even for a "simple" medical problem. There are a couple of things that influence how long it takes for a doctor to see you.
A jury had been contemplating whether to hold a hospital and attending physician liable for the death of a 68-year old man. Where this case was being held, the jury needed to determine whether the treatment of the deceased man was below professional standards of care involving emergency room physicians.
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.