Last week, a judge awarded $4.2 million dollars to a woman in a medical malpractice lawsuit. The woman, who is now in her twenties, required a kidney transplant almost a decade ago after her doctors failed to diagnose her kidney failure as a child.
Kidney disease is an increasingly common medical condition. In the majority of cases, doctors advise patients suffering from this disease to begin a dialysis regimen. Patients must regularly visit a dialysis clinic to undergo a blood filtration process that removes waste and extra fluid from their blood.
In December of 2016, doctors determined that 18-year-old Alyssa Gilderhus had a ruptured brain aneurysm. When surgeons at a local hospital said her chances of survival were slim, Alyssa’s parents knew they needed Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. After eight hours of waiting for bad weather to pass, the family made it to Mayo.
Among the care commonly provided at hospitals is infection care. When hospital staff are caring for patients that have or show signs of having an infection that transmits by contact, there can be risks of the infection spreading. This is why it is so important for hospital staff to take proper precautionary steps when providing such care. One would hope missteps when it comes to such measures would be rare. Unfortunately though, a recent study indicates such missteps might actually be rather common.
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The standard of care is used in legal claims to determine whether a patient experienced medical malpractice. If a doctor fails to treat a patient with the standard level of care, he or she is responsible for the resulting injury to the patient.
Stem cell research has been developing for decades and shows promise of providing cures for serious diseases and ailments. To date, placental and umbilical cord stem cell treatment has been proven effective at treating leukemia and certain blood diseases. These treatments have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
It may sound like an absurd idea. You go to the doctor for a routine exam, and he orders a urine lab. You pee into a cup and are on your merry way. A couple weeks later, you get a bill in the mail that is so exorbitant, it could run you into the ground.
The opioid crisis has been making national headlines recently. Instances of addiction and death resulting from opioid use are at an all-time high. Last year Washington declared the crisis to be a public health emergency.
Technology is important – in everyday life and medical care. Unfortunately, improper or negligent use of it can mean disaster for patients.