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Post surgical errors found to be extremely common

Errors following surgery are unfortunately common. According to a study, it is estimated that about half of such errors can lead to serious health issues for the patient. And it is also felt that the current safety protocol of most hospitals will not prevent these types of errors from occurring.

Though this study was conducted in the UK, a doctor from the United States believes these findings would be representative of what is occurring in our nation (and presumably Pennsylvania as well). A number of studies already conducted in the U.S. appear to confirm this assumption.

Misdiagnosis of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes

It is estimated that 000 individuals 300, living in the western Pennsylvania area have been afflicted with diabetes. Yet though the disease is common, it is also complex and manifests itself in different ways.

For example, there is what is called Type 1 diabetes and Type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetes, for which 5 to 10 percent of all patients suffer from, requires the taking of insulin and testing of blood sugar on a daily basis, and it can lead to poor vision, kidney problems, and poor circulation that can increase the chances of gangrene. Type 2 diabetes is a serious but less severe form of the disease. Nevertheless, there is often a misdiagnosis of Type 1 diabetes as being Type 2.

Delay in performing Cesarean section results in death of infant

When a medical emergency comes up while a mother is in labor, doctors and staff must act promptly to prevent injuries to the mother and the baby. A failure to act decisively is one of the most common reasons for why birth injuries occur.

In a Midwestern state, this kind of failure ended in disaster as the child born purportedly died in the delivery room. A doctor decided against performing a Cesarean section and instead made an attempt to force the child through the birth canal. It has been reported that efforts at traction by the physician may have been responsible for the decapitation of the child.

Did stem cell procedure result in patient's brain damage?

Doctors do not always understand that there are limits as to any sort of medical treatment. Only on television melodramas do risky procedures consistently pay off.

One physician used a controversial stem cell practice in the treatment of a number of patients. Unfortunately, the use of this treatment in order to prevent nerve damage in the legs of a female patient may have resulted in brain injury that ultimately led to her death.

Most medication errors occur during administration

Most medication errors occur during administration of the drugs. Many medications are being administered by IV, and since many are administered by using a number of doses and varying timings, the chance that a medication error could occur is great.

Unfortunately, most of these errors resulted in patients either taking the wrong dosage or incorrect type of medication. One study suggests that as much as 70 percent of medication errors do occur during administration, whereas 16 percent occur during dispensing of the medications, 8.5 percent during the prescribing of the drugs, and only 7.8 percent occurring in the way the drug usage is being monitored.

Neurosurgeon performs large number of unnecessary surgeries

A neurosurgeon was reported as having performed ten times more the number of multiple spinal-fusion operations than other neurosurgeons. This doctor has been sued 34 times for medical malpractice, and the majority of these cases involve surgical errors due to the performance of unnecessary surgeries.

It is believed that he performed the high number of surgeries because of the profits that could be made, but many of these surgeries were ill-advised. Much of the practices of this neurosurgeon can be accessed by Pennsylvania readers on the Medicare claims database.

Patient dies shortly after emergency room visit

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.

This was one of the circumstances where the treating physician may have been guilty of a failure to diagnose the seriousness of the patient's condition. Though the patient complained of shortness of breath, the emergency room doctor decided against admitting this individual. Two days later, the man died in an ambulance while on his way back to the medical center.

Don't Fool Around with Stroke Symptoms

Strokes can cause death or life-changing injuries. The sad thing is that strokes can sometimes be prevented if people would pay attention to the warning signs and get to a hospital right away. We would like to give you a little bit of information about strokes that may help you or a family member avoid death or serious injury.

Ask the Doctor Questions!

The lawyers in our office handle a lot of medical cases, so it is natural that friends and family often ask us questions about their own medical conditions or surgeries they are about to have. If we know the answer to something simple, we will tell them, but in general we remind folks that we are not doctors (although we know a fair amount about medicine) and the best advice we can give them is this: Do not be afraid to ask the doctor questions!

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