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June 2014 Archives

Woman sues hospital for retained surgical sponge

Chicago residents may be interested in a high-profile medical malpractice lawsuit. A California woman filed suit against Simi Valley Hospital where surgeons had allegedly left a surgical sponge inside of her during a 2007 hysterectomy. The woman said she experienced nausea, persistent thirst, vaginal bleeding, blurry vision and abdominal pain as a result of her doctors' negligence.

Medication errors more common in children

Residents of Illinois may know that medications ordered in the fast-paced environment of emergency rooms may contain errors. The errors, according to a new study, are responsible for many deaths each year, and hospitals have taken a new approach to diminish this number by adding full-time pharmacists to the ER staff.

Medical errors account for 400,000 U.S. hospital deaths

Illinois readers might be interested to learn that an estimated 400,000 deaths happen every year in U.S. hospitals because of medical errors, according to an article published by the Journal of Patient Safety. Some of the most common serious errors happen during surgery or post-op, or involve medication or hospital-acquired conditions. Major errors that occur during surgery include operating on the wrong part of the body, operating on the wrong person and performing the wrong operation. According to the Center for Transforming Healthcare's chief medical officer, wrong-site surgeries occur in the U.S. between 40 and 60 times every week.

New study says many elderly patients are medically injured

A recent study conducted by researchers from Towson University reveals that almost one in five patients on Medicare in Illinois and around the country experiences medically-related injuries with almost two-thirds being injured during outpatient care instead of hospitals. The potential medical malpractice incidents that were reported included issues such as suffering allergic reactions to medication or being given treatment that exacerbated patients' health conditions.

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Q: What is medical malpractice?

A: Medical malpractice is negligence committed by a professional health care provider, such as a doctor, nurse, dentist, technician, hospital worker or hospital, whose treatment of a patient departs from a standard of care met by those with similar training and experience, resulting in harm to a patient...

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