Many Maryland parents may empathize with an out-of-state mother's frustration when her then 8-month-old boy was ill. After numerous medical visits that failed to resolve her son's illness, she went to an emergency room where it was discovered that he had a penny lodged in his throat. Now, the woman claims the doctors who missed it are guilty of medical malpractice.
Every year, the ECRI Institute, the renowned Pennsylvania-based nonprofit committed to "promoting the highest standards of safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness in healthcare," releases a much-anticipated ranking of the top ten technological hazards in the healthcare sector.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as one out of every 25 patients are affected by a hospital-acquired infection -- or HAI -- on any given day here in the U.S. with nearly half of these infection cases originating in the intensive care unit.
For many, vaccinations are a rite of autumn that can help prevent serious illness or lost days of work all through the winter. Getting a yearly flu shot is particularly important for the elderly or for people with compromised immune systems, as those groups are more susceptible to infectious diseases than others. While these routine vaccinations are important, negligence on the part of those administering the vaccine can cause larger problems than the flu. Here are three ways that vaccines can trigger a malpractice lawsuit:
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released an eye-opening report in which it declared sepsis, a condition that the agency said is responsible for over 258,000 fatalities per year, a medical emergency.
According to a recent report published in The BMJ - an online international peer-reviewed medical publication formerly known as the British Medical Journal - medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States, behind only heart disease and cancer.