Determining whether a situation constitutes medical malpractice can be difficult. Sometimes medical procedures don't work, or the result doesn't come out as expected. That alone, however, is not enough to constitute medical malpractice. Healthcare professionals are not perfect.
Bills pending in the US Congress, if passed, will severely limit individual's rights to recover damages for injuries caused by medical professionals. Advocates of stripping citizens of their Constitutional rights, the so-called "tort reformers" falsely claim that doing so will reduce costs and improve healthcare for Americans. To the contrary, these myths have been repeatedly debunked in study after study.
When you take a long plane flight, you're advised to get up and walk around now and then to avoid developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT). But did you know that DVT is also a significant risk for those entering a hospital for surgery? According to WebMD, it's one of the top six problems hospital patients encounter-and it can be a deadly one.
Earlier this summer, automaker Chrysler Fiat came under fire for not moving quickly enough to protect vehicles that have computer systems could be infiltrated by remote users. In fact, Wired magazine highlighted how a Jeep was taken over by hackers and even driven into a ditch while a helpless driver was inside.
Hospitals in Arizona pride themselves on being clean. Indeed, it is a testament to their professionalism and commitment to patient safety, but it does not mean that all surfaces and instruments are always clean. Human error can affect how they are cleaned, even though hospital attendants may have the best intentions in performing their duties.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.