Feb 12, 2019

New Law Requires Hospitals to Publish Prices for Procedures

By |February 12th, 2019|Medical Malpractice|

Thanks to a new law that went into effect on January 1, 2019, hospitals are now required to publish the prices of their procedures. The hospital's price list must be made public, published online and updated each year, according to a story in Newsweek. The new law also applies to rehabilitation facilities, psychiatric hospitals and critical access hospitals. This new law intends to increase pricing transparency, helping patients to become more knowledgeable, make [...]

Feb 7, 2019

The VA Ignored Millions Earmarked for Veteran Suicide Prevention

By |February 7th, 2019|Medical Malpractice, Veterans Affairs|

Preventing veterans from committing suicide was named the "highest clinical priority" by the Veterans Administration, yet VA officials still failed to spend the $17.7 million in the suicide prevention budget for fiscal year 2018, according to a story in Time Magazine. A report published in November 2018 by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA) "suicide prevention media outreach activities declined in recent years due to leadership [...]

Jan 24, 2019

3000+ Patients Possibly Exposed to HIV, Hepatitis in a Surgical Center

By |January 24th, 2019|Medical Malpractice|

More than 3,000 patients of an ambulatory surgical center in New Jersey received letters, warning that they may have been exposed to bloodborne pathogens if they had a procedure at the HealthPlus Surgery Center between January and September of 2018. Upon investigation, the NJ Department of Health found that staff at the facility were not properly sterilizing medical instruments, which could expose patients to bloodborne diseases such as hepatitis B, hepatitis C and [...]

Jul 31, 2018

A Better Way to Detect Cervical Cancer?

By |July 31st, 2018|Medical Malpractice|

Once women turn 21, most of them start getting an annual pap smear as part of their regular health care. However, new research shows that the human papillomavirus (HPV) test may actually be a more accurate way of detecting cervical cancer. Replacing the pap smear with the HPV test may allow women go longer between tests with more confidence that they are cancer-free. The results of a recently published study compared the effectiveness [...]

Jul 16, 2018

Flu Strain in Dogs Could Jump to Humans, According to Researchers

By |July 16th, 2018|Medical Malpractice|

A new study indicates that “man’s best friend”– dogs – may be the originator of the next deadly flu outbreak to affect humans. Major disease threats up until recently have focused on birds and pigs as the major carriers of influenzas that can affect humans. Traditionally, dogs only tend to carry particular flu strains that are canine specific. However, the flu virus in dogs is steadily increasing in diversification, which makes them a [...]

Jul 12, 2018

Alarming Surge of Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Recalls in First Quarter of 2018

By |July 12th, 2018|Medical Malpractice|

Medical devices help millions of people. However, many of the devices that are created to help individuals achieve a better quality of life are plagued with poor design issues and manufacturer defects. One of the major problems is manufacturing companies failing to perform or allow the proper testing necessary, to ensure their devices and drugs are safe and dependable for patients to use. The problems are only increasing. Recent statistics that show a [...]

Jul 10, 2018

Delayed Detection of Excessive Lactate Levels in Sepsis Patients Makes Hospital Deaths More Likely

By |July 10th, 2018|Medical Malpractice|

Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) indicate that 1.5 million cases of sepsis occur each year in the U.S. Among these, about 250,000 Americans die annually as a result of this inflammatory response of the body to infection. Diagnosing sepsis in its early stages is critical to the successful recovery of the sepsis patient. In particular, diagnosing the lactate levels in a sepsis patient is highly consequential to the [...]

May 22, 2018

What Are the Risks and Adverse Effects from Dry Needling?

By |May 22nd, 2018|Medical Malpractice|

Dry needling is a therapeutic option for pain relief that some physical therapists, chiropractors, and sports medicine doctors use to treat pain and increase range of motion in injured patients. However, when this therapy is performed improperly or in an unsterile manner, there are potential risks and side effects that can be serious and cause life-threatening harm. What is dry needling? Dry needling is a physical therapy technique that targets myofascial trigger points [...]

May 10, 2018

Is Dry Needling a Safe Treatment for Pain?

By |May 10th, 2018|Medical Malpractice|

Dry needling is a physical therapy treatment that uses acupuncture needles to treat pain. This is not a generally accepted standard medical practice in the United States. There are many people who have suffered severe injury after dry needling. A Canadian health organization reported on a study of 7,629 dry needling treatments performed by physiotherapists and found 1,463 adverse events were reported (19.18%). Pneumothorax-punctured lung was the most common type of serious adverse [...]

Apr 24, 2018

Laboratory Testing Errors Can Lead to Claims of Medical Malpractice

By |April 24th, 2018|Medical Malpractice|

Lab tests are a vital link in delivering health care services. Physicians rely on the accuracy of lab tests in making diagnoses. Health care professionals such as doctors, nurses and lab technicians have a duty to administer, interpret and report on lab tests properly and accurately. If there is a mistake in the way a lab test is administered, interpreted, or reported, it can cause difficulties in the diagnostic process. In an analysis [...]

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