Anna Burkhart, 90, was admitted to Oradell Health Care Center for care after she suffered a fractured hip on October 30, 2014. While a patient, Ms. Burkhart developed a large, painful bedsore, which ultimately caused her death. Her family has filed suit.
Joshua Jackson was born at home nearly 12 weeks prematurely. He was taken to The Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida. There, according to the lawsuit, nurses improperly inserted a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC), which is a type of intravenous line. The misplaced line remained in place for nearly a week. While the line was in place, Joshua's arm showed signs and symptoms of impeded blood flow. Eventually, "Baby Jackson's left hand was...found by nurses to be shriveled and with black fingertips," according to the lawsuit.
The family of Bessie Shealey, a 73-year-old woman who died last year is suing a nursing home in Deep Creek, alleging the staff there didn't properly monitor and care for a bedsore, leading to her death.
In December 2013, Marla Dixon delivered her son, Earl, Jr., at North Shore Medical Center in Miami. At delivery, the baby was blue and his limbs were limp. The medical team revived him, but Earl, Jr. was left with a permanent, severe brain injury due to a lack of oxygen. Ms. Dixon and Earl Jr.'s father, Earl Reese-Thornton, Sr., filed suit.
A Pennsylvania federal judge recently ruled that the federal government pay $41.6 million to a couple after determining that a doctor at a federally funded health clinic negligently used forceps to deliver the couple's baby, causing permanent brain damage. The judge held that the doctor's premature and multiple uses of forceps in attempting to deliver the baby caused the newborn permanent physical and intellectual disabilities.
A recent study by the Mayo Clinic found that more than 20 percent of patients who sought a second opinion had previously been misdiagnosed by their primary care physician. During the two-year study, researchers examined the records of 286 patients who had seen primary care physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners in 2009 and 2010. Nearly two-thirds of the patients were under the age of 64, and the majority of patients were female. After receiving an initial diagnosis, each patient sought a second opinion from the Mayo Clinic's General Internal Medicine Division. Of the 286 patients, only 36 patients (12 percent) had received confirmation that the original diagnosis was complete and correct. In 63 cases (21 percent), the diagnosis was completely changed meaning the patient had been misdiagnosed by their primary care physician. In the remaining 188 cases (66 percent), patients received a refined or redefined diagnosis. Researchers did not find any significant differences between provider types.
Inspections at 17 hospitals revealed widespread under-reporting of injuries and deaths associated with medical devices. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is seeking to improve the under-reporting following the high profile safety concerns involving power morcellators and contaminated duodenoscopes.
Carmen Alexander, a 43-year-old school teacher, died Feb. 21, 2012, just two days after being admitted to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Her death was connected to a serious bacterial infection known as necrotizing fasciitis (NF), which can spread quickly through the body, destroying its soft tissue.
In January 2015, the family of Michael Powall filed suit against the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Hillcrest Hospital, Dr. Jack Lissauer, and Dr. David Weinerman. The family has alleged that the doctors caused the death of Mr. Powall, then 78-years-old, during a medical procedure.
Last June, federal health officials warned U.S. clinics about the hard to spot Candida Auris, a fungal yeast strain that was first reported in Japan. The limited information has painted the strain with a 60% kill rate and with a resistance to all three major classes of antifungal drugs. Unlike most infections, invasive Candida Auris is based in the bloodstream, and is susceptible to people who are already sick, making this a dangerous pathogen to be present in hospitals.