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Army surgeon victimized by VA malpractice, awarded $3.2M

For the sacrifices they made for our country, our military servicemembers and veterans deserve the best medical care possible. So it is particularly frustrating to hear of cases where a veteran or servicemember was the victim of medical malpractice.

Similar-sounding drug names causing dangerous confusion, says FDA

At least 50 medication mix-ups recently prompted the Food and Drug Administration to issue a warning to the public. Specifically, the warning pertains to two drugs with very similar-sounding names: Brintellix and Brilinta.

Birth injuries may be caused by accepted monitoring procedure

Arizona expectant parents may want to forgo a prevalent procedure known as continuous electronic fetal monitoring. Continuous EFM involves observing babies in the womb using externally placed ultrasound transducers and internal devices, such as heart rate monitors, but observers note that since their introduction in the 1960s and subsequent widespread adoption across the nation, such actions have done little to improve birthing outcomes.

Study shows that some antibiotics may cause hearing loss

Infants dealing with serious infections may require strong treatment. An antibiotic used to treat issues such as meningitis, respiratory infections, and other dangerous infections in newborns could be connected to potential hearing loss. While Arizona physicians may have little choice in the antibiotic used in these situations, it is important to understand the risks.

Premature infants at higher risk for brain injuries

Typically, a pregnancy is around nine months in duration. However, sometimes a baby will be delivered early. While generally infants born prematurely survive, they can face an increased risk of experiencing certain complications. And unfortunately, these complications can include brain injuries.

Brain injuries, medications and rehab

Arizona residents might benefit from learning more about how recovery from a brain injury can be hampered by medications prescribed for commonplace conditions. Nearly half of the older patients who take prescriptions for insomnia, depression and bladder problems may suffer delays in recovering from brain injuries. Researchers at the UK's University of East Anglia studied the effects anticholinergics have on patients who've been diagnosed with brain injuries.

Hospital errors that lead to medical malpractice lawsuits

Far too often, patients in Arizona hospitals are harmed as a result of medical errors. Nationwide, there are about 1 million medical injuries each year, including 7,000 fatal injuries from medication errors and 12,000 deaths from unnecessary surgery. All of these preventable injuries result in about 85,000 medical malpractice lawsuits being filed against health care providers every year.

You can regain empowerment after suffering a surgical error

Most of us want to live our lives with a sense of personal empowerment. We prefer to make our own decisions whenever possible. However, there are times when we have to trust the decisions of others. When we are in need of surgery, we must allow doctors and other medical professionals to exercise a great deal of control over our care. This makes sense as these people have the training required to help us.

Maternal mortality rate rising in the U.S.

Having a baby can be more dangerous than a lot of Arizona people think. The United States has a relatively high maternal death rate compared to other first-world countries. In fact, women who give birth at hospitals in the U.S. are three times more likely to die from birth-related complications than women who give birth in hospitals in Germany, Japan, the Czech Republic or Great Britain.

Doctors and hospitals resist recording surgeries

Patient advocates in Arizona might some day request that hospitals and surgery centers give people the option to record their surgeries with audiovisual equipment. Lawmakers in two other states have introduced bills promoting this idea in order to support patient safety and provide evidence in malpractice cases.

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