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April 2013 Archives

Class-Action Malpractice Lawsuit Filed After Premature Baby Study

According to a class-action lawsuit recently filed in federal court, more than 1,300 premature babies were enrolled in a study that exposed them to blindness, brain injury and wrongful death. According to the complaint, the infants' parents weren't sufficiently warned of the risks and side effects when asked if their babies could participate.

Hospitals Losing Battle With C-Diff., Other Deadly Superbugs

An estimated 100,000 hospital patients die each year from hospital-acquired infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Approximately 1 in 20 patients suffer an infection from the hospital that's attempting to heal them. These statistics demonstrate the prevalence of this alarming issue, but they don't completely speak to the severity of these infections.

Hypothermia Treatment Often Used To Treat Brain Damage At Birth

Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy is the medical term for oxygen deprivation. It only affects two infants out of 1,000 births, but the condition can be fatal; one of five babies who suffer hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) at birth will die.

NY Jury Awards $130M Damage Award For Girl's Birth Injury

A New York jury recently delivered one of the largest medical malpractice damage awards ever in the Empire State. After a complicated trial, jurors believed that a Long Island, N.Y., girl and her family deserved $130 million for the birth injuries she suffered in 2002.

Riddell Football Helmet in Serious Trouble

The sport of football in America is close to the hearts of many people. Whether they grew up playing the game or are a fan of a professional or college team, the passion for football in the states is second to none. Many people often forget about the danger associated with the sport. When a player straps on a helmet, there is a high probability that an injury can occur sometime throughout their career. The National Football League has recently been under a lot of scrutiny for head injuries and concussions that have occurred on the field.

NHTSA Considers "Silver" Car-Rating System For Older Drivers

As baby boomers transition into a so-called "silver tsunami," the importance of senior safety measures will be vital to the country, in both economic and quality-of-life perspectives. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recognizes that the seismic shift in demographics is occurring and is considering creating car-safety ratings for senior drivers.

Boy With Cerebral Palsy Walks For First Time After Botox Injections

Every medical treatment was unconventional at some point in time, so nontraditional treatment methods shouldn't necessarily be avoided. One mother was willing to delve into the unknown for the opportunity for her boy, 3, to have a better childhood. So far, that decision has paid dividends.

FDA Examining Increase In Da Vinci Surgical Robot Errors

A robotic mechanism known as the da Vinci Surgical System is perhaps the hottest innovation in U.S. operating rooms. The system was used in approximately 40,000 surgeries last year, and is marketed as a device that lowers the chances of surgical errors. However, the da Vinci robot has recently been in headlines for the wrong reasons.

Rural Hospitals Have Higher Patient-Mortality Rates, Study Says

A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) revealed that patients in rural hospitals have higher patient-death rates than those in metro and suburban areas. The rural patient-mortality rate is 13.3 percent while hospitals in denser areas have a 11.4 percent death rate.

Ohio Court: State Must Pay Fatal Pothole Accident's Family $3.3M

In 2008, Pauline Miller was driving to work at St. Elizabeth's Health Center in Youngstown when a commercial truck swerved into her lane and struck her vehicle head-on. The crash killed the 49-year-old nurse and left a void in her close-knit family.

Ohio Girls And Their Pregnant Mother Die In Red-Light Crash

A horrific accident recently took the lives of three people and an unborn child in Bedford, Ohio. A pregnant woman was driving with her four daughters when another motorist ran a red light and plowed into her vehicle.

C-Sections: Foreign Retained Objects Can Cause Serious Injury

One of the most problematic types of medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or nurse accidentally leaves an instrument or piece of equipment inside a patient's body during a surgery. Experts refer to this problem as "foreign retained objects." Although foreign retained object errors are completely avoidable, they have potentially catastrophic consequences for thousands of American patients every year.

Misoprostol For Labor Induction: Controversies Continue

In 2007, an Ohio mother suffered from severe birthing complications that eventually led to an emergency hysterectomy. While pregnancy complications can occur under even the best circumstances, the physicians responsible for this delivery administered a controversial labor induction drug known as misoprostol.

Columbus Driver Flees Scene Of Accident, Causes More Crashes

A Columbus man recently put dozens of peoples' lives at risk when he attempted to flee the police. The chaos began soon after a minor fender-bender at Whittier and Parsons Avenues. Both vehicles stopped and the drivers got out. Police, who had observed the accident, asked if they needed help. That's when one of the drivers climbed back into his black SUV and sped off.

Study: Shorter Residency Shifts Did Not Improve Care, Part 2

Last week, two studies released the results of an analysis of the impact of a 16-hour limit on residency shifts. This limit reduced the amount of time that doctors-in-training can work from 30 hours. Although observers and experts hoped that this step help improve patient safety by giving residents enough time to rest, the opposite appears to be happening.

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