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Woman claims pharmacy error led to death of her daughter

In a world where medications are readily available for almost every ailment, it’s often necessary to trust the health care professionals who prescribe the medication and the Pennsylvania pharmacy employees who package and provide the medicine. A dosage mistake on certain medications may quickly become fatal, and it may be important for pharmacies to have procedures in place to prevent mistakes from happening. Although these mistakes may easily be avoided, they are still known to happen way too often.

A six year old girl suffering from sickle cell anemia was given ten times the dosage of morphine than was advised for her age and size, and the incorrect dosage led to her death. Her mother recently filed a lawsuit against the pharmacy that filled the medication, although her lawyer claims she is focused on preventing the error from happening again rather than on getting money for her daughter’s death.

Doctor faces 20 years in jail for chemotherapy scheme

Being diagnosed with cancer is a life-changing event that brings with it anxiety, depression and many adverse health effects. While cancer may often be treated with surgery, chemotherapy and other treatments, the disease takes a toll on the body that is difficult to recover from. When a patient in Pennsylvania visits their doctor, they place their trust in them regarding their diagnosis and any treatments they are eligible for. A misdiagnosed cancer may lead to harmful treatments that were not necessary for a person to undergo.

Facing 20 years in prison, a Michigan doctor claims the charges he is facing are unfounded. After a nurse complained to law enforcement officials that he was misdiagnosing patients with cancer in 2010, the FBI raided his office and recently arrested him for defrauding Medicare of $35 million.

Woman feels paralysis was caused by inadequate treatment

In order for new treatments to be developed and tested for current diseases and illnesses, researchers may be asked to spend several years trying their techniques and medications on thousands of patients to ensure that the treatment is safe and effective at treating the problem. Before a person can be involved in a research study for any new medical treatment in Pennsylvania, they must first be told of all the risks and possible side effects that may come from the study. 

Recently, a judge in Iowa referred a woman’s case to a jury to decide whether she was not adequately informed of risks for a study she participated in that studied whether biofeedback could improve incontinence and constipation. After the treatment, a brain injury led to her losing the ability to move one side of her face.

Child with Cerebral Palsy after stroke in utero defies odds

When a woman in Pennsylvania is pregnant, it may be important for her to have regular monitoring of the baby and regular doctor appointments to ensure the baby is developing correctly and that there are not any serious problems with either the baby’s health or the health of the mother. Without proper monitoring, birth injuries may occur that lead to a difficult life for the child and the parents. Many things that happen while a child is developing may be prevented with the right technology and a doctor who is knowledgeable and does his or her job correctly.

A young Alabama boy was told he would never walk or talk after he had a stroke while in the womb and was born two months premature. The child is now five and works out regularly with an MMA fighter, providing inspiration for all those who are told they can’t do something.

Many errors may be avoided by correct administrative practices

When a patient enters a hospital or care facility, it is often expected by the patient and other family members that they will be given the correct treatments and the correct medications for their illnesses or injuries. Medication errors may be costly and harmful, both to the medical facility and to the patient, but they are all too real to ignore. A recent study examined the cause of many medication errors in Pennsylvania and throughout the country, possibly looking for procedures that can help to prevent these serious errors.

Simple administrative errors were linked to errors with medication in a study done of over 800 incidents where patients received the wrong medication for medical ailments. Researchers found that administrative errors were responsible for close to half of the incidents that were studied.

Family receives settlement for surgery that ended in death

When a patient is on the operating room table and is under sedation, it is necessary for their oxygen levels to be monitored to ensure that they don’t dip dangerously low. Oxygen levels that are too low can lead to brain damage or death in the patient, and unfortunately, simple errors such as this account for a percentage of surgical errors that happen every year in Pennsylvania. In one tragic situation, a woman went in for a routine surgery and never ended up coming home.

A South Carolina hospital recently settled a lawsuit with the family of the woman who died while having surgery to implant a pacemaker. According to the family’s complaint, surgeons failed to address her low oxygen levels for up to four minutes, leading to her death. Although the surgery is now considered routine and the hospital has recently been recognized for its cardiac care, the family felt that improper monitoring led to her wrongful death.

Woman claims in lawsuit that slow response led to injuries

During a surgery, doctors and other health care professionals in Pennsylvania may closely monitor a patient to determine if there are unforeseen complications with the surgery. If a problem arises, it may be necessary to quickly start procedures to repair the issue before the person suffers a serious brain injury or other complications. There may be times where a doctor or hospital is held responsible for trauma to a patient if the right protocols are not in place to prevent serious illness or injury that could have been prevented.

A woman is seeking close to ten million dollars in a lawsuit after she says the hospital that performed her surgery failed to implement precautionary measures once her operation started to go south. She claims she suffers from organ failure, respiratory failure, an anoxic brain injury and several other debilitating illnesses as a result of her surgery. 

Five diseases commonly misdiagnosed by doctors despite advances

When a person in Pennsylvania is diagnosed with cancer or any other serious illness, time is often of the essence. In order to ensure that the patient lives a long and rewarding life, doctors may need to implement treatments immediately to stop the spread of harmful cancers or other diseases. Failure to diagnose a cancer or heart disease may lead to death in the average individual if the doctor does not stay current on new technology for diagnosis. Even those who trust their physicians implicitly may benefit from getting a second opinion for any serious illness before treatment is started.

A recent study hopes to create a database for diseases that are commonly misdiagnosed throughout the country. Topping the list was infections, followed by neoplasms, then myocardial infarctions (heart attacks), pulmonary emboli (artery blockage) and finally cardiovascular (heart) disease. Data was based on malpractice and autopsy information available to researchers.

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