Feb 21, 2019

Ambulance Diversion is Medical Negligence

By |February 21st, 2019|Medical Negligence|

When you are in the throes of an emergency medical condition such as a heart attack or a stroke, you want an ambulance to arrive quickly, and take you to the nearest hospital for treatment. Thanks to the quietly-kept practice of ambulance diversion, you may not get the help you need in time. Ambulance diversion seeks to manage the overcrowding of emergency departments by redirecting emergencies to another hospital. Health Data.gov explains that [...]

Aug 21, 2018

Infections Causing Sepsis Can Be Caused by Many Things, Even a Lick from Your Dog

By |August 21st, 2018|Medical Negligence|

Many of us have furry friends at home. They show love by licking us at times. It’s probably never crossed your mind that your pup’s expression of love could lead to a life-threatening medical condition. Unfortunately, that appears to be what happened to a man in Wisconsin. An innocent lick from his dog ultimately led to the loss of some of his limbs, and almost his life. Like many of us, Greg Manteufel [...]

Aug 7, 2018

VA Denies Marine’s Malpractice Claim Using Loophole

By |August 7th, 2018|Medical Negligence|

The VA system recently denied a California Marine Corps veteran's malpractice claim against the Department of Veterans Affairs due to a nefarious loophole. Brian Tally joined the Marine Corps straight out of high school and, up until 2016, was living a relatively normal life. According to an article on ABC 8 News, Tally went to bed one night feeling healthy and woke up the next morning and couldn't get out of bed. Within [...]

Jun 18, 2018

Uloric Whistleblower Lawsuits Allege the Manufacturer Withheld Dangerous Side Effect Information

By |June 18th, 2018|Medical Negligence|

First introduced onto the market in February 2009, Uloric (febuxostat), manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals, was the first medication formulated to treat gout in more than four decades. However, not long after its introduction, many individuals have come forward with reports of serious side effects from using the drug. Uloric and the treatment of gout Uloric is a prescription medication given to patients suffering from gout, a form of arthritis that develops when uric [...]

Apr 19, 2018

Learn More about the Mycobacteria Outbreak at Roper Hospital

By |April 19th, 2018|Medical Negligence|

Dozens of patients at CareAlliance Health Services (CHS) medical facilities, including Roper Hospital's main campus, have been infected with non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM), a type of bacterium that can cause serious harm if left untreated. CHS failed to notify the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) or the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the outbreak until June 16, 2016, according to a complaint filed by McGowan, Hood [...]

Jul 28, 2017

Risk of M. Chimaera Infections is Global

By |July 28th, 2017|Medical Negligence|

Science News Daily reports: “The first full report using whole genome sequencing has identified contaminated heater-cooler units produced by LivaNova in a factory in Germany as the likely source of Mycobacterium chimaera infection in 21 open-heart surgery patients in Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK, and a further 12 in the USA and Australia, according to a study in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal.” SND also reports that another heater-cooler device, made [...]

Jul 13, 2017

CDC Warns of Widespread Legionnaires in Hospitals throughout the U.S.

By |July 13th, 2017|Medical Negligence|

According to the latest research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 76% of hospitals (out of 21 jurisdictions) reported cases of healthcare-associated Legionnaires’ disease in 2015 – approximately 6,000 cases that year alone, in reporting districts. Because only 20 states and New York City reported their findings, the number of deadly cases could actually be much higher. Outbreak News reports of the HAI-related cases: “80 percent were associated with long-term care [...]

Jul 5, 2017

Study Reveals Disturbing Number of Heater-Cooler Devices Contaminated with Dangerous Bacteria

By |July 5th, 2017|Medical Negligence|

We have been following the story of contaminated heater-cooler devices that have been linked to fatal infections in patients who contracted the infection during open-chest surgery. The Mycobacterium chimaera, which is one of several microorganisms that has been infecting patients, along with other contaminants, has been showing up in laboratory tests of heater-cooler devices. In a story on MedPageToday, which was a collaboration with the American Heart Association, John Rihs, VP of laboratory [...]

Jun 28, 2017

Eisenhower Medical Center Sees Three Patients Test Positive for Tuberculosis

By |June 28th, 2017|Medical Negligence|

California has seen an uptick of tuberculosis cases lately. On June 1, 2017, News Channel 3 reported that “Health officials are urging about 500 patients and employees of Eisenhower Medical Center to be tested for tuberculosis after three patients were diagnosed with an active form of the respiratory illness.” The report says that the three cases are not related, which is a little troubling; unconnected cases could be the first signs of an [...]

Jun 26, 2017

Westminster, Maryland Daycare Facility Facing Lawsuit over E. Coli Outbreak

By |June 26th, 2017|Medical Negligence|

Parents of children who attended Chelsea’s Gentle Care Child Development Center in Westminster, MD have filed a lawsuit alleging that the center is responsible for at least one child, and as many as 23 children, contracting a strain of E. Coli. According to the Town of Morningside Maryland, a “child developed gastrointestinal distress and a fever and later transported to Johns Hopkins Hospital when his condition did not improve. Doctors diagnosed him with [...]

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