Posts Tagged 'medical negligence'

Northern New Jersey Surgery Center Patients May Have Been Exposed to HIV, Hepatitis

lax sanitation could have exposed surgery center patients to diseasesIn the days leading up to and following the holidays, a knock at the door from someone wearing a USPS uniform usually means a surprise has arrived and is wrapped with paper and a bow. For hundreds of patients of the Saddle Brook HealthPlus Surgery Center, however, the carrier brought a surprise of the worst kind.

The repeated failure to follow sterilization and sanitation procedures ...

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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Southwest Airlines for Response to Medical Emergency

wrongful death lawsuit filed against southwest airlinesSouthwest Airlines recently found itself facing a wrongful death lawsuit over its alleged inaction in dealing with a medical emergency during a flight. The lawsuit, filed by the surviving spouse, alleges that airline personnel failed to recognize a medical emergency that occurred during a California flight last fall and didn’t offer any help to a dying passenger. The suit claims man began having serious medical complications while on ...

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Surgeon Who Removed Wrong Organ Is Disciplined Years Later

illinois surgeon removes wrong organAn Illinois doctor is being disciplined by The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation nearly a decade after removing the wrong organ during surgery. CentralIllinoisProud.com reports that the independent surgeon of the Associated Surgical Group will pay a $2,500 fine for his mistake.

In December 2005, a woman underwent surgery to have a portion of her spleen extracted, but instead, the doctor removed the woman’s left kidney. In his postoperative report, ...

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Possible Neglect Not Reported in Hospital

An investigation by the Michigan Department of Community Health’s Office of Recipient Rights alleges that a former director of a Michigan hospital did not properly report that death of a patient in March, 2014 that may have involved negligence.

In May, a nurse, a nursing director, and the director of the Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital were all suspended, based on multiple complaints about patient treatment. One of the complaints involved the death of a 68 year old ...

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First Decrease Shown in Painkiller Deaths Since 1999

In recent years, painkiller overdose and resulting fatalities have been a matter of great concern. The rate of death from painkiller use has nearly doubled in the past decade. However, in a recent article, USA Today reports of the first decrease in deaths since 1999.

The data on death by prescription painkillers shows a strong inverse correlation with deaths by heroin overdose. While the rates of prescription overdoses declined, there was a corresponding increase in heroin overdoses. ...

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Study Highlights Increased Narcotic Painkiller Use by U.S. Workers on Disability

Abuse of painkillers has become an epidemic in America. The journal Medical Care recently released a study that found a growing number of people on disability from work were prescribed powerful prescription narcotic painkillers.

The research found that about 44 percent of people that receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits were prescribed narcotic painkillers between 2007 and 2011. The percentage of people using the drugs long-term rose from 21 percent in 2007 to 23 percent in 2011. ...

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