An Attorney Reveals How Hospitals are Dealing with Superbugs

Superbugs are resilient and are not contained to just one healthcare facility. Stopping the spread of superbugs is a challenge, particularly for senior citizens with compromised health. In Chicago, some nursing homes are combating superbugs the old-fashioned way: with soap. The antimicrobial soap chlorhexidine is being used by doctors and healthcare workers to scrub away...

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What Can Doctors Do to Prevent Hospital-Acquired Infections?

A patient’s routine procedure in a hospital can suddenly turn into a potentially deadly ordeal if sepsis sets in. Sepsis is the body’s extreme response to an infection, and between one-third and one-half of deaths in U.S. hospitals are linked to sepsis, according to STAT news. After he developed sepsis following hernia surgery, Ken Rothfield...

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How Emerging Technology Can Help Prevent Surgical Errors

Undergoing surgery can be an overwhelming experience for many patients. The fear that something could go wrong and cause a serious condition to worsen is legitimate. In fact, it’s backed up by staggering data. Research from 2013 estimates that surgical errors involving the wrong site or wrong person happen as much as 50 times per...

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The Risks Associated with Anesthesia Errors: Chicago Attorneys Discuss

Anesthesia allows patients to undergo surgery without feeling pain or even having any recollection of the procedure. But if not administered correctly, anesthesia may either be ineffective or result in adverse health complications. According to Very Well Health, there are four types of anesthesia: General Anesthesia: This is considered the most potent type of anesthesia...

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Can My Medical Records Have Errors? A Chicago Attorney Explains

Your medical records contain a range of important information, from your family history to symptoms you may have reported about a serious condition or disease.  It’s critical that the information is accurate. A mistake can have dire consequences. According to the Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology, nearly 10 percent of people who...

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How Serious is a Cancer Misdiagnosis? An Attorney Discusses

It’s devastating to hear the words “you have cancer” from a doctor. But it’s important for the doctor to give a patient the difficult news and promptly begin a course of action. Cancer must be treated quickly to stop the aggressive cells from spreading. Unfortunately, doctors sometimes misdiagnose cancer. Lung cancer can mimic other conditions...

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Emergency room errors linked to information processing

If you or a loved one was harmed in an emergency room due to a medical error, there’s a nearly 50 percent chance the mistake stemmed from a healthcare professional’s problem with information processing.  A study published in De Gruyter’s Journal Diagnosis examined the role “cognitive errors” play in emergency room errors. The study concluded 45 percent...

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Report Sheds Light On Lax Oversight Of Surgery Centers

An in-depth investigative report raises troubling questions about the risks of using surgery centers in the United States.  According to a Kaiser Health News and USA Today Network investigation, surgery centers in more than a dozen states operate with little oversight. Patients and regulators have scant information about incidents that may have occurred in these facilities, including serious injuries...

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Doctor Burnout Leading to More Medical Mistakes

Does your doctor seem tired, cynical and stressed out? If yes, your physician's burnout could be a danger to patients. If you think doctor burnout is rare, think again. A survey of clinic and hospital physicians across the United States reveals that more than half of U.S. doctors experience burnout, according to Mayo Clinic Proceedings...

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