Renowned medical physician Dr. Bruce Fagel recently spoke at the Association of Southern California Defense Counsel about the connection between children's developmental disabilities and medical malpractice. He explained that while natural causes are often responsible for developmental delays in children, some cases of developmental disability can be traced back to medical negligence by a doctor, nurse, or the hospital itself.
Back in 2005, a 22-year-old Rhode Island college student was working out when she discovered an unusual golf ball-sized lump near her groin. At first, she thought it might have been a sports injury. But, when the lump hadn't disappeared a month later, she became worried and went to the doctor.
Many women who are forced to undergo a C-section rather than a vaginal birth due to complications during delivery may hope that the procedure will not affect their ability to have a 'natural' (vaginal) birth for a subsequent child. But, a new study questions whether a VBAC procedure, or Vaginal Birth After Cesarean, may pose a greater risk of birth injuries and even death for newborns and mothers.
Treating a misdiagnosed ectopic pregnancy with methotrexate may cause a miscarriage or result in deformities upon birth in an otherwise normal pregnancy according to a study performed by Organization of Teratology Information Specialists (OTIS). While the study group was quite small, investigators believe the results strongly indicate the need to improve tools for the accurate diagnosis of an ectopic pregnancy.
When it comes to your health, you should not take any chances. In order to make the best decisions, you need to have all the information available; but nowadays, with the changes in modern medicine, we are often left waiting for doctor's offices to call us when we should be calling them. Waiting for test results can be a dangerous game.
Electronic medical records have been widely touted as a way to maximize efficiency in the American health care system. Indeed, the push to abandon paper records is so strong that the federal government is spending $27 billion over the next 10 years to induce hospitals and doctors' offices to purchase electronic record-keeping systems.
As breast cancer awareness month comes to a close, the 19th annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk was a Sunday success, despite the snowy start. 14,000 walkers were expected and organizers hoped to raise $900,000 at the Providence event to support breast cancer research by the American Cancer Society.
From 2002-2009, 34 percent of expectant mothers delivered via Caesarean section (C-section), up from approximately 1 in 4 births in prior years to 1 in 3. This is far above the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended target rate for C-sections of 15 percent.
Attempting to measure the cost of medical mistakes is not an easy feat, since the most sensationalized medical errors, brought to the public's attention in jury trials, only account for about 10 percent of medical malpractice cases.
It is widely believed that digitizing medical records will reduce the number of medical malpractice claims in the long term. But, in the short term, chances are good that claims of medical negligence will actually increase.