A widespread culture of silence among healthcare workers enables medical errors to go unchallenged in Illinois and throughout the country. A report produced by VitalSmarts and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses revealed that over half of the nurses, doctors, clinical support workers and administrators that responded had seen colleagues break rules and make mistakes.
People in Illinois may be interested in a study that demonstrates some of the reasons why emergency room physicians are sued much more frequently than are other doctors. The study was conducted by the nation's largest medical malpractice insurance company, and the results were released on April 13.
On March 11, an Illinois woman filed suit for over $100,000 against her psychologist, claiming she received negligent care. The plaintiff was treated for mental health care for four years by the psychoanalyst. The woman says that as a result of the doctor's subpar treatment, her psychological and mental condition has declined.
Some Illinois residents may have heard of a growing trend in medical care known as concierge medicine practices. These companies usually charge patients a membership fee for what they advertise as better medical service including same-day appointments. Doctors pay a per-patient fee as well, and in return the companies offer marketing and other services. In general, concierge medicine practices maintain that they offer doctors and patients a way to connect but that they are not responsible for the doctors. However, a ruling on Feb. 10 may bring changes to the industry.
Measles is an infectious virus that was thought to be essentially eliminated in the United States many years ago. This was due in large part to the effectiveness of the MMR vaccine that inoculated individuals, especially children, from the three formerly common diseases of measles, mumps and rubella. Recently, however, there has been a noticeable increase in the virus. This is due to a variety of factors, including lower vaccination rates and misdiagnosis. Illinois parents are advised by authorities to get the vaccination on schedule and be aware of the signs of the virus in their children.
Illinois patients who suspect that they were the victims of medical malpractice may be unsure where they will find the time to collect their medical records, contact an attorney and initiate a malpractice case. It may be even more difficult if they are still recovering from a botched surgery or are undergoing long-term treatment as a result of a delayed diagnosis. However, because of the statute of limitations on medical malpractice suits, it may be beneficial to start the process as soon as possible.
A woman has filed a civil lawsuit in Cook County against two doctors for treatment she alleges was so negligent it forced her to have to have her leg amputated above her knee. According to the complaint, the woman went to Norwegian American Hospital seeking treatment for an injured knee on Feb. 2, 2013.
An Illinois man has filed a lawsuit following a knee surgery on April 25, 2013, alleging that the medical staff on duty during the surgery failed to follow correct safety protocol. The plaintiff believes that he developed a focal compression injury and acute compartment syndrome as a result of mistakes made during his knee surgery.
Negligent intubation is one of the leading causes of malpractice suits filed against anesthesiologists. These are also the type of doctor errors that should not occur. Intubations can either be by endotracheal or tracheostomy tube. The purpose of intubation is to provide adequate oxygen to patients who cannot breath on their own. Sometimes this is because they are undergoing surgery and general anesthesia is required. Sometimes patients need to be intubated because their medical condition is so serious they can't breathe on their own. Patients with a severe head injury will be intubated to prevent aspiration, or vomiting into their lungs. Patients with airway obstruction, such as an acute laryngeal edema, are intubed to protect and control the airway.
Chicago residents may be hesitant to ask their doctors questions when they receive medical treatment, but a strong doctor-patient relationship is vital for efficient care. By knowing the right questions to ask their doctors, patients may be able to positively impact their recovery from illnesses or surgeries.