Medical Malpractice

Study Finds a Third of Knee Replacements Questionable

one third of knee replacements not appropriate based on new studyKnee replacement surgery is a decision that warrants serious consideration. While necessary in some cases, the procedure is risky and can cause severe complications. CNN reports of a Virginia Commonwealth University study that suggests that one third of knee replacement procedures were not appropriate according to current medical criteria.

Researchers analyzed imaging and patient records in 175 knee replacement surgeries out of more than 650,000 performed ...

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Illinois Suspends License of Psychiatrist for Overprescribing Medication

An Illinois psychiatrist had his license suspended for overprescribing a dangerous antipsychotic drug, clozapine, in nursing homes and mental health facilities. This overprescription of clozapine has been linked to three of his patients’ deaths. The doctor was a psychiatric medical director for 13 nursing facilities from a base office in a Chicago strip mall. The state’s medical board took disciplinary action after a four year investigation on the doctor’s prescribing habits and a two year legal ...

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Surgical “Black Box” in Development to Prevent Medical Errors

A Toronto hospital is working on developing a device that seeks to protect patients in the operating room. The system, detailed in a recent article in Forbes, would be installed in operating rooms in order to cut down on surgical errors. It would consist of a number of microphones and cameras that are poised to track and record the movements and communications within the room.

The “black box” could be used to analyze and interpret the ...

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Pregnancy Complication Rate Varies Widely Between U.S. Hospitals

A new study has found that the odds of a woman having an obstetric complication depends on where she delivers her baby in the United States. The author of the study, a health outcomes researcher at the University of Rochester, said that “there is a significant variability in maternal outcomes across U.S. hospitals.”

The study examined 750,000 childbirths around the country. According to the research, about 13 percent of all deliveries have a complication, but the rate ...

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Man Sues CVS Claiming Mistake Cost Him His Sight

A 65-year old man is suing CVS Pharmacy alleging that a pharmacist mistakenly gave him anti-bacterial ear drops to treat an eye infection leading to blindness in his left eye. The man had been diagnosed with conjunctivitis, or pink eye, by a local hospital and was given a prescription for a common treatment.

The Houston resident went to his local CVS Pharmacy to get his prescription filled. According to the lawsuit, the packing identifies the solution as ...

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Medical Malpractice Lawyers Seeing a Change in the Counties Around Philadelphia

Medical malpractice lawyers are noting a recent trend in medical malpractice cases in the counties surrounding Philadelphia county. Historically, these counties have been very difficult for malpractice plaintiffs–so difficult, that even when doctors agree that significant malpractice occurred, it has been difficult to win at trial. Cases that arise in Philadelphia County, in contrast, have long had a better chance of success when malpractice has occurred.

Over the last several months, however, injured individuals have been successful in wining medical malpractice ...

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