The parents of Andrea Selby have filed an $8.2 million lawsuit against Kaiser Permanente claiming they refused to admit their suicidal daughter despite her threats to jump off the third story of the hospital's parking garage.
Once again, the Texas Supreme Court has disregarded a jury's verdict in a health care case and ruled against the loved ones of a psychiatric patient. The decision came in a suit entitled Rodriguez-Escobar v. Goss, ___ S.W.3d ___ (Tex. 2013).
I recently read an article that gave several tips about medical care that may be helpful. The publication was from the Bottom Line - Personal, and it was in the January 15, 2013 edition.
Following 57-year-old, Bogdan Kaniewski's, death from a heart attack, his daughter, Alexis, filed a lawsuit against Glenview fire and police departments, Cook County, and the Cook County Forest Preserve District. Mr. Kaniewski died in early September when he sustained a heart attack after biking in a forest preserve area.
It is estimated that there are 4,000 cases of "retained surgical items" reported in the United States on an annual basis. And many think that this number is way too low. In a recent article, the New York Times analyzed the method used by surgical teams to avoid leaving surgical instruments and sponges in the patients' body following surgery. Items left include clamps, scalpels, scissors, and suturing devices. The most common retain surgical item is a sponge. These sponges (or towels as they are sometimes referred to) are often used by surgeons to soak up blood. During longer operations, doctors may use dozens of these inside a patient to control bleeding. But keeping track of the number of sponges going in and number of sponges going out can often be difficult in a chaotic environment of the surgical suite.