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Medical Malpractice

Nearly 5,000 Objects Left in Patients in Last Two Decades

Leaving an instrument inside a patient or operating on the wrong body part or even the wrong person are called “never” events because they should never happen, but they do happen more frequently than many people realize. New research from the Surgery journal discovered that these “never” events happen at least 500 times a year, …

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Amputee Files Lawsuit Against Hospital for Malpractice

A 48-year-old man who had his hands and legs amputated has filed a lawsuit against a California hospital for medical malpractice, according to the Sacramento Bee. The former law enforcement officer developed a methicillin-sensitive staphylococcus aureus, or MSSA, infection. MSSA is usually treatable with antibiotics and is considered less severe than the similar MRSA, which …

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Surgeon Offers Solutions for Preventable Hospital Deaths

The Institute of Medicine estimates that 98,000 people die each year in the United States due to medical error. According to the Wall Street Journal, that would be the sixth leading cause of deaths in the nation. A surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital who developed the surgical checklist used by the World Health Organization has …

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Best-Selling Antibiotics Come with Dangerous Side Effects

Antibiotics can make people feel better and sometimes save lives, but they can also cause dangerous side effects for certain people, according to an analysis by the New York Times. Fluoroquinolones, which includes the top-selling Levaquin, Cipro and Avelox, have allegedly caused reactions leading to more than 2,000 lawsuits. Experts say one issue is that …

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Hospitals Concerned Patients Exposed to Hepatitis C

Health authorities across the United States are concerned that patients may have been exposed to hepatitis C after prosecutors linked an outbreak in New Hampshire to a medical technician, according to Reuters. The 32-year-old hospital worker was accused of stealing the painkiller Fentanyl and then injecting himself with the drug and leaving the syringes at …

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Dentist Allegedly Risked Patients’ Health by Reusing Needles

Thousands of people in Colorado have been told to seek HIV and hepatitis testing after it was revealed that their dentist allegedly refused needles and syringes, according to Yahoo! News. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has sent out letters to 8,000 former patients of a Denver-area dentist, who was already suspended for …

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