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Determining Fault In A Fall

AdobeStock_281935062.jpegDespite your best efforts to look after your aging parents, you may lack the time, training and equipment they need to grow older as gracefully, and with as much dignity, as possible. As a result, older adults often transition to life in a nursing home facility.

Medical Errors May Increase Around Daylight Saving Time

According to a report in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, the number of human mistakes increased by almost 20 percent after losing an hour from daylight savings. Researchers used eight years' worth of data to study errors that occurred in the seven days before and after the spring and fall time changes. Most of the errors involved drug errors. In the days after switching to daylight saving time in the spring, health care workers may make more mistakes. Voluntary reporting of any patient safety-related incidents that could be caused by defective systems, human error, or equipment error is encouraged by The Mayo Clinic Health System.

The Drop of Disciplinary Actions Against Doctors Amid COVID-19 Examined

From April through June of 2020, emergency actions against doctors' licenses dropped by 59%. This overall drop was driven by declines between 50% and 100% in six states, including Texas. Such a drop caused many patient safety advocates to worry, because many hospitals still have vulnerable and compromised patients, making errors more likely and more dangerous. According to the Federation of State Medical Boards, representing the boards of all 50 states and Washington, D.C., its data shows medical boards' emergency and non-emergency disciplinary actions against doctors being down 14% from January through June. All these drops are attributed to COVID-19. At the same time, a distinction is to be made: The drop in medical board action was far higher than the decrease in hospital-levied actions to restrict or terminate doctors' clinical privileges on a non-emergency basis.

Those licensed to heal can cause severe harm

AdobeStock_315923977.jpegIf you are not a licensed medical professional, illness lends itself to turning to your physician for appropriate treatment options, often including the use of prescription drugs. Whether upon admittance to the hospital for supervised care or your return home with pills and a set of instructions, medications intended to help you get better could make matters worse.

Lawsuit Filed Against El Paso Children's Hospital and Prominent Doctor Over Young Girl's Death

Last month, an El Paso couple filed a wrongful death lawsuit seeking damages over $1 million and alleging gross negligence against El Paso Children's Hospital and a prominent local doctor over the death of their three-year-old daughter. According to the lawsuit, the family alleges the hospital and doctor intentionally created profit-driven policies that caused extreme delays in the admission and administration of life saving emergent care for young patients. In this case, the couple's daughter suffered from hydrocephalus, a life-threatening but treatable condition where fluid becomes trapped in the brain, and spent nearly fourteen hours uncontrollably vomiting in the hospital's waiting room before the young girl finally went limp, turned blue, and began foaming at the mouth.

Some common side-effects of pregnancy could indicate a serious risk

AdobeStock_274218831.jpegThe number of pregnancies medical providers handle each year does not negate the fact that complications occasionally develop. Some conditions can put the lives of both an expectant mother and a developing fetus at risk.

San Antonio Hospitals Hit with Federal Penalties for Patient Complications

Five San Antonio hospitals are being penalized by federal regulators for high rates of what they have deemed to be preventable complications, including infections, blood clots after surgery, sepsis, bedsores, and hip fractures after falls. Under the Hospital-Acquired Condition Reduction Program for The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the hospitals' Medicare payments will be reduced by 1 percent this year. Further, up to 3 percent of payments can be withheld by CMS for hospitals that have high readmission rates for heart attacks, heart failure, bypass surgery, pneumonia, hip and knee replacements, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. According to regulators, readmissions are expensive and can increase a patient's chances of infection. Additionally, federal officials claim readmission rates can be indicative of whether a hospital is doing a good job of preventing complications, providing clear discharge instructions to patients, and safely discharging them.

Adverse Effects of Plastic Surgery

Although the increase of social media and reality television make it look easy, getting plastic surgery is not something to decide on a whim. Plastic surgery involves a variety of procedures designed to help people achieve their desired bodies. However, plastic surgery also focuses on practical function. Patients who have birth defects, deformities, injuries, scars, or burns can benefit from a variety of plastic and cosmetic surgery options. Common plastic surgery procedures include scar revision surgery, burn repair surgery, breast reconstruction, lower extremity reconstruction, congenital defect repair, and hand surgery. It is important to ask the right questions when considering surgery because with these procedures comes the risk of complications. In fact, some procedures can even result in fatal injuries to patients.

Woman Dies After Giving Birth

Earlier this year, a Houstonian woman died after giving birth at Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital ("LBJ"). The incident was the sixth time this year LBJ hospital has come under federal investigation because of a patient death.

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