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March 2012 Archives

Study links fevers in women given epidurals to birth injury risk: Part 2

As discussed in the previous post, Ohio residents may be interested in a study published in the February issue of Pediatrics that found an increased risk for birth injuries when a mother had received an epidural and developed a fever during labor.

Study links fevers in women given epidurals to birth injury risk: Part 1

It is very commonplace these days in Ohio and around the country for women in labor to receive an epidural shot to ease the pain of childbirth. A study recently published in the February issue of Pediatrics found there was an increased risk of birth injuries in babies born to women who had received epidurals and developed fevers during labor.

Lab Error Leads to Wrongful Birth Lawsuit: Part 2

As discussed in the previous post, a genetics laboratory is facing a wrongful birth lawsuit from a set of parents who claim that negligence on the part of the company caused them great harm. After the parents found out they would have a child, they decided to have the fetus genetically tested to find out whether it would develop a painful disease after birth. If the parents found that the child would have Cooley's anemia, for which they were both carriers, they would terminate the pregnancy.

Lab Error Leads to Wrongful Birth Lawsuit: Part 1

Sometimes a failure to diagnose a devastating illness can result in what is known as a wrongful birth. A married couple is embarking on a difficult and heart-wrenching wrongful birth claim against a genetic-testing company who told them their unborn child was not afflicted with the disease known as Cooley's anemia.

Hospital Staff Often Fails to Report Mistakes: Part 2

As discussed in the previous post, a recent report by federal investigators found that too many errors and accidents that harm Medicare patients are going unreported in hospitals around the country, including in Ohio. These adverse events include bedsores, hospital-acquired infections, and harm caused by overuse or improper use of medications.

Nurses in Ohio may be facing discipline, still treating patients

A recent article in the Dayton Daily News reveals the disturbing news that nurses who are facing professional misconduct charges in the state may still be practicing nursing because of a massive complaint backlog. Complaints have been skyrocketing so that the Ohio Board of Nursing has been taking up to a year or more to hold a hearing to evaluate the charges against nurses and decide whether to take away their licenses.

Nurses facing discipline in Ohio, still treating patients: Part 3

The previous two posts discussed the alarming news that many nurses in Ohio who are facing charges of abuse and neglect and other misconduct may continue to practice nursing for up to a year or more before they face a formal disciplinary hearing. This means that nurses who deserve to have their license taken away may be continuing to put vulnerable patients in harm's way.

Nurses facing discipline in Ohio, still treating patients: Part 2

As discussed in the previous post, complaints against nurses in Ohio have skyrocketed in recent years, which has led to a huge backlog of disciplinary investigations for the Ohio Board of Nursing. The backlog has grown as complaints for abusive or substandard nursing care have continued to rise.

Fewer Hospital Autopsies Mean More Undiscovered Medical Errors: Part 2

As discussed in the previous post, a recent investigative series by ProPublica reveals that there has been a downward trend in the last 50 years in the number of routine autopsies that hospitals perform in Ohio and around the country. Autopsies can help doctors continue to learn as they practice medicine because they can find out the reason why a person died.

Nurses facing discipline in Ohio, still treating patients: Part 1

You may not know it, but the nurse taking care of you or your family member right now in Ohio may be facing disciplinary action. Due to a significant delay in the investigation process, nurses facing complaints and disciplinary action can continue to practice nursing for more than a year after complaints are filed and investigations begin.

Fewer Hospital Autopsies Mean More Undiscovered Medical Errors: Part 1

For decades now, there has been a downward trend in the number of routine autopsies that are performed by hospitals. The troubling results of that trend are that diagnostic errors, wrongful death and medical malpractice can go unreported because the errors are not found, and the mistakes end up being literally buried with the deceased. A recent investigative series by ProPublica looked into this issue and the implications it raises for people in Ohio and around the country.

Popular antidepressant blamed for birth defects in lawsuit

We hear the disclaimers all the time. A drug that seems to be a cure-all for a specific problem shouldn't be taken by anybody who has a certain pre-existing condition. Then the lists of pre-existing conditions and possible side effects are so long you're left wondering who possibly could take the drug in the first place.

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