Healthcare professionals in Pennsylvania may not be held strictly liable when drugs or medical devices cause injuries. However, this is not the same as saying that doctors or hospitals cannot be held liable whatsoever. It just means that the attorney for the injured party will have to prove up their claim that the medical provider was at least in part responsible for the injury.
One registered pharmacist from Pennsylvania has reportedly heard of a number of mix-ups concerning medications that are given to certain children suffering from epilepsy. The children that suffer from a severe form of epilepsy called Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS) are apparently at risk for receiving the wrong medication because the prescribed drug is close in name to another prescribed drug.
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.
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.
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.
A Pennsylvania doctor was recently assessed a civil penalty of $2,000 and ordered to enroll in a remedial education program due to purported problems with the keeping of medical records. The doctor apparently did not note in the records changes in a patient's medical condition, nor did the doctor report the symptoms reported when prescribing a particular patient a controlled substance. It seems the doctor also failed to record details in prescribing the controlled substance.
A patient wakes up and discovers that his hands and legs have been amputated due to an infection called methicillan-sensitive staphylococcus aureus (MSSA). This infection was originally misdiagnosed and, because it was left untreated, eventually resulted in the need for the removal of the limbs.
As medical science becomes more high tech, we also need to understand the risks that come along with this technology. One particular problem with such devices is that the timers on these devices do not always work in the way intended.
Though keeping electronic medical records on file was designed to make hospitals more efficient and improve on the level of care, there can be a variety of problems with this sort of system as well. For example, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's system recently crashed for a number of hours. Fortunately, the hospital had an alternate database that had patient's files available to remedy the problem.
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.