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Preventable Medical Errors: What Do They Cost?

2011-06-02T14:56:38+00:00Blog, Major Medical, Medical Malpractice|

There are certain types of medical malpractice that are considered to be so egregious that they should never happen. In fact, Medicare calls these preventable errors “Never Events,” and they include such serious mistakes as wrong site surgery, patient falls, and discharging an infant to the wrong person, among other things. Since 2007, Medicare has [...]

Medical Malpractice Resulting in Cerebral Palsy Leads to $58 Million Verdict

2011-05-27T15:40:21+00:00Blog, Major Medical, Medical Malpractice|

In February 2003, Cathy D'Attilo was an expectant mother preparing to deliver little Daniel into the world. Despite the fact that her amniotic fluid had dropped precipitously a few days before, her doctors waited to perform a Caesarean section. When the C-section was finally performed, a sequence of fateful decisions allegedly resulted in hypoxia and, [...]

Prescription Drug Side Effects, Interactions Sending More Patients to Hospitals

2011-05-02T17:30:33+00:00Blog, FDA & Prescription Drugs, Major Medical, Medical Malpractice|

As more and more conditions are being managed by medications, patients across the country are relying on their doctors and pharmacists more than ever before. In 2010, Americans spent over $300 billion on prescription drugs. And as more drugs are dispensed, the number of so-called “adverse events” increases. In the past, I've blogged about pharmacy [...]

Preventing Pharmacy Errors Would Result in Fewer Injuries, Huge Savings

2011-04-07T19:22:28+00:00Blog, Major Medical, Medical Malpractice|

In 2009, nearly 4 billion prescriptions were dispensed in the United States, according to one study. With so many prescriptions being filled – and with pharmacists under pressure to quickly fill orders and move on to the next customer – errors are bound to occur. In fact, some research suggests that almost 40% of medications [...]

Kidney Transplant Recipient Contracts HIV from Donated Organ

2011-03-18T14:49:32+00:00Blog, Major Medical, Medical Malpractice|

Kidney transplant policies have taken the spotlight recently, after a transplant error at USC in January and yesterday's report that a recipient was infected with HIV from a donated kidney. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hospitals should adopt policies requiring living donors to be tested for HIV no more than [...]