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Woman suffers brain damage while delivering child

It seems that a mother undergoing a Cesarean section received too much anesthesia that ultimately resulted in brain damage. After two hours of labor, the woman was given an epidural. It appears, however, that the epidural somehow became dislodged without the knowledge of the staff, and the medical providers then decided to administer spinal anesthesia because the epidural was not working.

Possibly because an excessive amount of anesthesia was administered to her, the woman suffered acute respiratory failure that likely led to oxygen deprivation to the brain. It has been claimed that a smaller dose of anesthesia would have been sufficient to avoid all of the ensuing complications.

Medical malpractice and doctor shortages

If anyone from Pittsburgh has recently gone to the doctor's office, they may have noticed that more and more their cases are being handled by a physician assistant (PA) or nurse practitioner (NP). The reason why these individuals are playing such a significant role is because there is a shortage of physicians that can see patients on a day-to-day basis.

There are approximately 85,000 PAs across the nation, and about 155,000 NPs. Every state has different laws concerning what a PA or NP can do, but the increase of those hired to take on these positions has increased dramatically over the past ten years.

Hospital reportedly used inferior drugs to treat leukemia

A hospital may have to pay in excess of $100 million concerning a medical malpractice lawsuit that was filed against it. The lawsuit concerns a series of medication errors where the hospital reportedly failed to provide the newest drug therapies to children that were suffering from leukemia.

The hospital has already paid $45 million to a number of families to resolve these matters since 1998. The hospital may end up paying out as much as $120 million to settle all of the claims filed against it.

Hospital accused of performing unnecessary cardiac procedures

The United States Attorney's Office located in Pittsburgh announced that that one healthcare provider had settled medical malpractice allegations in the amount of $2 million. It has been claimed that this healthcare provider submitted false claims to Medicare after performing unnecessary cardiac stenting between 2009 and 2011.

More disturbing than the bilking of Medicare, individuals have unnecessarily gone under the knife and have now filed medical malpractice claims regarding the unnecessary surgical procedures. The entire hospital chain for which this healthcare provider was affiliated has come under a federal investigation for the performance of the needless cardiac procedures.

Series of birth injury lawsuits involve single hospital

In one hospital alone, it has been alleged that negligent medical care caused the death of three separate infants during a 60 day period. In one lawsuit, the physician and medical providers are accused of not recognizing the symptoms of early labor. In another, cesarean delivery was delayed. And a failure to recognize fetal distress led to the brain injury of a newborn child that died four days later.

It is claimed that these deaths could have been avoided if proper care had been provided. Another birth injury lawsuit has also been filed against the same facility for possibly improperly using a vacuum device to deliver a child, and the child now suffers from nerve palsy.

Woman falls in hospital and suffers brain damage

Medical malpractice cases often come down to a simple mistake. In a hospital in Canada, a woman undergoing treatment for Crohn's disease, was apparently administered the wrong medicine that resulted in her suffering brain damage.

This woman claims to have been given insulin instead of liquid Gravol, and this seems to have caused her to lose consciousness and strike her head against the floor. She claims to have since suffered from a variety of cognitive disorders, blurred vision and dizziness.

Surgical errors that never should occur

Surgical errors, including leaving of items inside of the body or operations on the wrong body part, occur dozens of times every week in hospitals. It has been conservatively estimated that 80,000 such incidents have occurred during the last 20 years.

A study described these surgical errors as ones that should never occur. Yet the problem has likely never been adequately addressed because surgeons and hospitals are unwilling to acknowledge that these events do continue to occur.

Care in a busy ER could cost more...and not just money

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.

In an average workplace, rushing a task may not seem like a big deal, but when it comes to literally life-saving decisions it certainly does. In fact, the statistics analyzed in the study showed that the mortality rate increased by 5 percent when an emergency department was busy enough that ambulances had to be redirected.

Pennsylvania nursing home's license may be revoked

Taking care of an elderly person can be hard so a lot of families entrust the care of their loved one to a nursing home facility. It's scary to turn the care over to someone else, but it's worse when the facility has problems with reporting and its staff.

This week two Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, women were arrested after abusing an 83-year-old patient. The nursing home, which is owned by Capital Health Group, was recently placed on a provisional operating license, which is essentially a warning, when inspectors found problems in regards to reporting of medication errors.

Failure to diagnose may have led to patient's loss of use of hand

An Illinois man has brought a lawsuit against a hospital for his losing part use of his hand. The patient was admitted with cuts to his left middle and index fingers that came about due to a fall, and he was complaining of numbness and pain.

The patient was apparently treated and released. However, it seems that there was a failure to diagnose a torn nerve and artery in the forearm, and this was only partially remedied at a later point in time when surgery was conducted. But because of the delay in diagnosis, the patient claims that he has lost permanent feeling in both the middle and index fingers of his left hand.

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