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The increasing use of electronic health records

In Arizona and around the country, the use of electronic health records has become increasingly popular with doctors and other health care practitioners. They have also had an effect in the courtroom as well, as EHRs are often introduced to demonstrate negligence in medical malpractice lawsuits.

The failure to educate surgery patients

Patients in Arizona and around the country who are about to have a surgical procedure performed often fail to be properly informed about what to expect both during the operation as well as afterwards. Health care providers and medical professionals that do not properly educate patients run the risk of being negligent.

More about medical malpractice settlements

Arizona patients may benefit from learning more about a study that recently reviewed existing trends among medical malpractice lawsuits. Researchers discovered that the majority of the settlements included various nondisclosure provisions, some which actually impose restrictions beyond the scope of improving health care for patients. The study involved reviewing settled malpractice cases from over 6,000 physicians. According to the researchers, there were nondisclosure clauses included in 90 percent of the final settlements.

Problems with breast cancer misdiagnoses

Many women in Arizona undergo breast cancer biopsies every year. Some receive an incorrect diagnosis of cancer, while others suffer while the disease remains untreated. This particular problem is one of almost epic scope, as a recent study pointed out.

Nurses must be prepared to handle critical responsibilities

A good business takes its staffing decisions seriously. Without competent, well-trained employees, a company will not likely remain competitive for long. But what if a company is in the business of treating the sick and saving lives? Such high stakes demand that employees be prepared to take on all the challenges of their jobs.

Laryngeal nerve injury during birth

Expectant mothers and their infants in the state of Arizona sometimes have a difficult and risky experience before them. It is possible for conditions in the womb to be such as to cause harm to the developing fetus, and the stress and trauma of the delivery process also has the potential to inflict serious injuries. One of the most commonly encountered forms of birth trauma is disturbance of the laryngeal nerve, an important nerve located in the neck.

Anesthesia can affect your brain long after surgery

When we have to undergo surgery, we understand that there can be risks. Of particular concern in many operations is protecting the well-being of a patient's brain. The brain is susceptible to potential injury not only during procedures that involve the head directly, but any procedure that involves general anesthesia.

FDA reports 40 patients given unsterilized saline

Arizona residents may be interested to know that at least 40 patients in seven states mistakenly received unsterilized, practice intravenous fluids while in the hospital instead of the sterile saline solution that is protocol, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Several patients became ill and one person may have died as a result, though doctors are not positive the unsterilized solution was to blame for the death.

Forceps delivery and medical malpractice

Individuals in Arizona may wonder about the safety of delivering babies using forceps. Forceps delivery is used when the doctor perceives that the labor is proceeding too slowly for some reason. This might be because the baby seems stressed, the mother is too tired to push or there is some medical condition that makes the use of forceps necessary.

Medical malpractice and outpatient surgical centers

Increasingly, more and more people in Arizona are scheduled for surgeries at outpatient surgery centers, facilities that have become increasingly popular over the last ten years. While most will be able to use such centers without issue, some may be seriously injured or die as a result of complications from surgery, infections and surgical errors occurring.

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