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July 2017 Archives

Prescription errors can have serious consequences

Prescription medication can play a vital role in treating and managing a variety of serious conditions. However, their efficacy can have a negative impact in the case of incorrect use. Unfortunately, several types of prescription errors continue to result in suffering and even permanent health effects for patients throughout the United States.

Double-booking operations can lead to surgical errors

Double booking surgeries, or running two rooms, is a practice used in teaching hospital in Illinois and around the country. A senior attending surgeon often initiates an operation, then assigns parts of the surgery to a fellow or resident. In double booking situations, the senior surgeon then leaves one surgery to start another one in a separate operating room. While an acceptable practice if the attending surgeon is present during certain parts of the operation, it can lead to surgical errors, according to an investigation conducted in another state.

Diagnosis errors are prevalent in cardiovascular diseases

With July being Medical Malpractice Awareness Month nationwide, including in Illinois, new research that shows physicians frequently fail to notice early indications of heart disease might be worth discussing. A joint study by a medical malpractice company and a firm that specializes in research and analysis recently published evidence that diagnosis errors by general practitioners in outpatient facilities are frequent occurrences. The study was based on over 250 cases of medical malpractice in which doctors failed to notice signs of cardiovascular diseases that had significant chances of ultimately leading to conditions that are more serious.

Woman files suit against hospital for surgical errors

Complications can often arise following a surgery in Illinois or elsewhere around the country. Infections, reactions to anesthesia or shock are common after someone undergoes an operation. However, some issues unfortunately occur as a result of a physician's surgical errors. A woman in another state recently filed a lawsuit against a major hospital following a mistake made during a surgical procedure.

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