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  • Are Diagnostic Errors the Most Common Type of Medical Mistake?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 9-Aug-2017

    Medical mistakes kill more than 440,000 people in the U.S. each year. In fact, medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the U.S., only falling behind heart disease and cancer. While there are many different types of medical mistakes, diagnostic errors are one of the most common. According to a 2013 study published in the medical journal BMJ Quality and Safety, an estimated 80,000 ...
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  • Summer Protection Against Mosquitos, Snakes and Other Dangerous Critters (Part 2)

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 27-Jul-2017

    Continuing our compendium of resources to protect against dangerous summer animal bites, let’s look at a few others. Squirrels, rats and other rodents Rats, mice and squirrels prefer to keep their distance from humans, but if they happen to bite, or if we come into contact with their saliva or feces, they may transmit a number of diseases in the process. Some common nasty illnesses include ...
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  • Summer Protection Against Mosquitos, Snakes and Other Dangerous Critters (Part 1)

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 26-Jul-2017

    Summertime is a time to enjoy the great outdoors, but it’s also a time when we become more vulnerable to bites from dangerous bugs and animals. Some bites transmit dangerous diseases, while other bites are simply poisonous. We’ve compiled a few resources to help you take precautions and stay safe during the warm weather from some of these critters. Mosquitoes We often see them as a ...
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  • Loved One About to Have an Operation? Here's a Hospital Safety Checklist

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 17-Jul-2017

    Hospitals are centers dedicated to our health. As such, we’d love to assume that they are safe spaces by definition. Unfortunately, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins, medical error is now the third most common cause of death in the United States. The silver lining (of sorts) is that we can greatly reduce these risks by being proactive—by doing our due diligence. If you have a ...
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  • What Are Wrong-Site Surgeries?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 28-Jun-2017

    The Washington Post recently published an article on a medical malpractice case involving a wrong-site surgery. Wrong-site surgeries, which occur when surgeons operate on the wrong part of the body, are a type of medical error that affects 40 patients in the U.S. each week. Due to the shock value of the case, many other media outlets also published articles on the story. In 2013, the plaintiff ...
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  • Worried about Inadequate Treatment? Watch for These Warning Signs in Your Doctor's Office

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 15-Jun-2017

    With medical error now being listed as the third most common cause of death in the United States, we must be vigilant like never before and take responsibility for our own treatment and care. Thankfully, you can protect yourself from many possible instances of medical malpractice or inadequate treatment just by keeping your eyes and ears open. Many times, the atmosphere or appearance of your ...
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  • Dangers of Bad Doctor Handwriting: Real or Imagined?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 12-Jun-2017

    “All doctors have bad handwriting.” Though obviously not true of all doctors, the stereotype of a doctor’s “chicken scratch” has been the subject of jokes for many decades. However, if a pharmacist can’t read the prescription, or if a colleague can’t read your doctor’s notes on your medical file, can it cause problems with your treatment? Is bad ...
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  • Tips for Keeping the Elderly Safe During Summer Heat

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 12-Jun-2017

    As summer weather approaches, the D.C. area typically experiences numerous days of high temperatures and humidity, sometimes for several days at a time. The elderly may be especially vulnerable to overheating and heat stroke during these heat waves, and some may be unable to find relief on their own. What can we do to look out for our older friends, neighbors and relatives during these times of ...
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  • Common Summer Allergies in the Washington, D.C. Area

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 8-Jun-2017

    If you live in or around Washington, D.C. and you feel like the summer allergy seasons are getting more intense each year—you’re not wrong. As the Washington Post reports, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has been tracking a 20-year trend of rising pollen counts in the DC area, and expert consensus is that it will only get worse as the warm seasons continue to get longer ...
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  • What are the Most Common Medical Mistakes in Hospitals?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 2-Jun-2017

    Health care professionals are tasked with ensuring the people they care for are safe from harm. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of thousands of instances per year where patients suffer catastrophic injuries or wrongful death at the hands of medical professionals. A study released by the British Medical Journal ( BMJ ) claims medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United ...
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  • Asthma Inhaler Not Bringing Relief? It May Be the Way You're Using It

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 19-May-2017

    With more allergens in the air, the spring and summer months can be difficult ones for asthma sufferers. Many asthma patients control their symptoms using a variety of inhalers, but often they still wind up in urgent care or emergency rooms because their inhalers aren’t producing the intended results. If a recent study reported in the Pharmaceutical Journal is correct, if your inhaler ...
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  • Is This New Hospital-Acquired Infection a Threat to US Hospitals?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 15-May-2017

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is alarmed over the spread of a treatment-resistant fungal infection in American hospitals. According to the CDC, more than 60 U.S. patients have been sickened by Candida auris (C. auris) , a drug-resistant fungus. There are reports of this hospital-acquired-infection in New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Indiana, Massachusetts and Illinois. C. ...
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  • Why Are Medical Malpractice Cases Being Hidden from the Public?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 12-May-2017

    So, how good is your surgeon’s record? It’s often the first thing you check into when you find out that you need surgery. However, state databases might not be giving you all the information you need to make the right choice when it comes to your surgeon. Why Is Your Doctor’s History So Important? D.C., Maryland, and Virginia all have websites where you can look up a ...
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  • RZL Celebrates its 20th Anniversay!

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 10-May-2017

    Posted by Salvatore J, Zambri, founding member and partner. It is hard to absorb this truth: 20 years ago my partners, Pat Regan, Victor Long, and I broke off from another law firm to create ours. My wife and I were newly married and we were expecting our first child when our firm opened its doors. That child is now a sophomore in college, and we have been blessed with three other wonderful ...
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  • How the World Health Organization Deals with Medication Errors

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 9-May-2017

    Medication errors happen probably more often than you think. In fact, according to the Food and Drug Administration, medication errors kill one person per day in the United States and injure more than 1.3 million people each year. Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) began a new initiative to change this statistic for the better. According to a statement released March 29th, the WHO will ...
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  • Surprising Dangers of Common Seasonal Allergies - and How to Avoid Them

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 24-Apr-2017

    As April showers bring May flowers, so also come the sneezing, sniffling, watery eyes and more. For the millions who suffer from common seasonal allergies, these symptoms can be little more than an annoyance, but occasionally they can get out of hand, causing severe reactions or unforeseen dangers. What are some examples of seasonal allergies turning dangerous? Allergies may be more severe one ...
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  • "Never Events": Four Terrifying Types of Surgical Mistakes

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 14-Apr-2017

    Despite the efforts most surgical professionals make to prevent them, serious surgical mistakes sometimes occur. The medical community refers to these types of mistakes as “never events”—events that should never happen—and yet a study by Johns Hopkins reveals that at least 4,000 of these “never events” happen every year. Let’s look at four examples. ...
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  • Going In for Surgery? Research Your Doctor and Hospital in Advance with These Powerful Tools

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 7-Apr-2017

    To avoid becoming a victim of medical error, be vigilant whenever you go in for an evaluation, treatment or surgical procedure. Take personal responsibility for your own healthcare. That due diligence process begins before you ever go into the hospital or allow a doctor to treat you or a loved one. If you have a surgical procedure planned, research the hospital and the surgeon to make sure ...
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  • New Doctors to Be Allowed to Work 24-Hour Shifts Starting July 2017

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 24-Mar-2017

    Starting July 1, a profession already plagued by fatigue may become less safe for patients. As the Washington Post reports, the Accreditation Counsel for Graduate Medical Education has approved lifting the 16-hour shift cap on first-year doctors, enabling them to pull 24-hour consecutive shifts in hospitals across the United States. The counsel says the change should actually make healthcare safer ...
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  • The Dangers of Sleep Deprived Doctors and Nurses: By the Numbers

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 22-Mar-2017

    For many healthcare professionals, the battle to get enough sleep is a constant challenge. Many resident physicians are on call for 24 hours at a time, often in recurring shifts. Nurses commonly work 13-14 hours at a time—sometimes longer—and are often asked to come back for coinciding night and/or day shifts. Does sleep deprivation affect patient safety? Many studies say it does. By ...
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  • The Dangers of Not Getting Enough Sunlight During the Winter and How to Manage Them

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 28-Feb-2017

    We’ve all heard that too much sun can cause skin cancer—but did you know that not enough sun can also increase your cancer risk? Among other illnesses and side effects, a lack of sunlight can cause Vitamin D deficiency, which studies have linked to several types of cancers, according to Cancer.gov. Vitamin D deficiency is more widespread than most people realize. Dr. Betty Kovacs ...
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  • Cybersecurity Threats and Medical Devices: What You Need to Know

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 23-Feb-2017

    In our connected world, most of us understand the need for improved cybersecurity for our computers and mobile devices—but did you realize many medical devices may also be at risk? These devices frequently contain computers that connect to a network, making them possibly susceptible to cybersecurity threats, just like any other computer. In a recent article, the FDA acknowledged the ...
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  • Four Signs That a Loved One Was Harmed By a Pharmaceutical Error or Omission - And What to Do About It

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 15-Feb-2017

    According to the FDA, approximately 1.3 million people in the U.S. each year are harmed by some sort of medication error. These errors may dosage mistakes, drug interactions, or errors in administering the drug. If you suspect a loved one is suffering from a pharmaceutical error or omission, look for one or more of the following possible signs: Atypical occurrence of side effects. If the patient ...
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  • Five Tips for Choosing a Hospital to Minimize Your Likelihood of Being a Victim of Medical Error

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 13-Feb-2017

    With medical error now listed as one of the leading causes of death (behind heart disease and cancer), a bit of caution makes perfect sense when choosing a hospital for your upcoming surgery or medical procedure. Here are five tips to help you improve your odds for quality care and reduce the risk of becoming a victim. Check the hospital’s safety grade. The Leapfrog Group, a non-profit ...
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  • 5 Emerging Medical Technologies for 2017: Opportunities and Dangers

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 30-Jan-2017

    Technology constantly evolves, and some of the most exciting – and worrisome – innovations are poised to reshape the healthcare industry in the coming year. Here are five emerging medical technologies with great potential: Prosthetics. Soon, amputees will be able to use neural interfaces to control advanced prosthetics that afford a much greater and more realistic range of motion and ...
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