On Wednesday, a man in Dallas died from Ebola. In the days before his death the victim told hospital staff he recently visited West Africa, but it appears they erred by not sufficiently considering the Ebola virus as the cause of his symptoms.
Last year, a concerned mother took her 3-month-old son to the doctor after he appeared to be ill. He was prescribed antibiotics but his health did not improve. His mother took him back to the doctor after noticing that his leg seemed to be sore.
At hospitals, data breaches and security lapses can sometimes be as injurious to patients as a misdiagnosis or surgical error. That is why it's shocking that a hospital inadvertently disclosed the medical records of 20,000 patients.
Sadly, medically unnecessary operations are becoming prevalent in American health care. Surgery can be a big moneymaker for both doctors and hospitals, so many physicians are tempted to recommend operations even when they aren't the best option for patients.
Hospitals and their staff owe patients a duty to keep their medical records confidential. According to a recent lawsuit, the University of Cincinnati Medical Center is liable for breaching this duty. The female plaintiff is seeking more than $25,000 in damages.
A new Senate report illustrates the harm caused by preventable medical errors, which kill an average of 325,000 hospital patients each year. The total cost of medical errors nearly reaches $20 billion a year.
In a disturbing story so horrible it has previously been considered only an urban myth, a patient allegedly died in a Los Angeles hospital morgue after regaining consciousness.
In 2009, a young woman was admitted to a New York hospital after overdosing on a combination of pharmaceutical drugs. Despite showing signs of life, such as curling her toes and demonstrating resistance to being placed on a ventilator, the patient was declared dead and the hospital staff prepared to remove her organs for donation to needy patients.
Last week, we discussed recent evidence that medical malpractice litigation has a consistently positive impact on American healthcare. This post picks up where we left off last time.
A recent editorial in the New York Times spotlights the benefits to patients and consumers that result from medical malpractice litigation. Advocates of so-called tort reform have been mounting a strong campaign that has been successful in many states.