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  • Implantable Medical Devices: The Promise and the Peril

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 6-Dec-2017

    From the invention of the pacemaker in the 1960s until today, implantable medical devices have become a staple of modern medicine. When matched with the right candidate, they can greatly improve the quality of life, and even sustain life. Today, electronic devices implanted in the body can regulate arrhythmia, monitor blood sugar and blood pressure levels, simulate nerve impulses and even control ...
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  • Hospital Automation: Challenges and Opportunities

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 4-Dec-2017

    Over the past century or so, automation has revolutionized many industries, from manufacturing to food service, usually making these industries better and more efficient overall. The digital age has taken automation to an even greater level, as wireless technology and the Internet can now enhance so many processes. However, the move toward hospital automation (or as some call them, “smart ...
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  • Who Should Pay for Medical Errors? An Analysis

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 1-Dec-2017

    We go to the doctor or the hospital for one reason: We are sick or injured, and we want to get better. It’s a reasonable expectation, but it doesn’t always happen that way; in fact, medical error is now the third leading cause of death in America. When a doctor, hospital or other medical professional commits a medical error that causes the patient further harm, it stands to reason that ...
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  • A Surprising Cause of Medical Errors: Depressed Nurses

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

    Medical professionals can make mistakes for all kinds of reasons, not the least of which is sleep deprivation due to lengthy shifts. But as Ohio State University recently reported, new research has revealed another culprit: Depressed nurses. The study, which surveyed a cross section demographic of nurses nationwide, revealed some startling statistics. For example: Fifty-four percent of the nurses ...
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  • A Safety Compendium: Real Risks versus Perceived Risks (Part 2)

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 29-Nov-2017

    Do you find it interesting how often we confuse perceived risk with actual, and how we prepare for one while ignoring the other? Continuing our thread of conversation, let’s look at a few more examples. Murder versus the Flu Some interesting numbers here: The CDC says approximately 15,872 Americans die from homicide every year, yet Harvard estimates 36,000 Americans die from the flu ...
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  • A Safety Compendium: Real Risks versus Perceived Risks (Part 1)

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

    As complex and advanced as the human psyche is, it’s remarkable how often and how easily our minds can be tricked. One key example of this phenomenon is our perception of risk versus actual risk. We are more fearful of things that are statistically unlikely than we are of dangers that lurk around us every day. Overall, we’d live much safer lives if we could differentiate more clearly ...
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  • What Are Four Possible Birth Injuries?

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

    Birth injuries can significantly reduce the quality of life for newborns and their family members. In some cases, newborns may recover from birth injuries. However, other types of injuries may cause lifelong complications. There are different types of birth injuries newborns can suffer before, during or after delivery. Four common types of birth injuries may include: Brain injuries : Oxygen ...
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  • A Catalog of Common Bacterial and Viral Infections Contracted in Hospitals (Part 2)

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

    Despite being a haven for the sick, hospitals can often be breeding grounds for a wide range of bacterial and viral infections, many of which are preventable. Let’s continue our overview into some of the most common diseases you can contract in a hospital. Mycobacterium abscessus. Related to the bacteria that cause tuberculosis and leprosy, M. abscessus typically causes infections in the ...
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  • A Catalog of Common Bacterial and Viral Infections Contracted in Hospitals (Part 1)

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 21-Nov-2017

    Ironically, one of the places where you’re most likely to get sick is in a hospital, a place intended to make you well. Hospitals and other medical facilities are notorious for the presence of disease-causing bacteria and viruses. Sometimes these infections occur simply because more sick people are gathered in one place, or because hospital patients often have suppressed immune systems. ...
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  • What Are Common Causes of Hospital Slip and Fall Accidents?

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

    Slips and falls are a common reason why patients are harmed while seeking treatment in US hospitals. Although these accidents are more likely to affect the elderly and children, slip and fall accidents can happen to patients of all age groups. Hospital slip and fall accidents may be caused by: Poor supervision : Nurses and other hospital staff must frequently check up on patients. In some cases, ...
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  • Woman Hurt by Medical Mistake Shares How She is "Damaged for Life"

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

    The Washington Post recently published an article that discusses how medical mistakes can harm patients forever. In the article, a woman discusses how she uncovered a medical mistake that permanently altered her life. According to the woman, the results of a genetic test showed she had a 50 percent chance of breast cancer and an 80 percent chance of uterine cancer. Her medical team recommended a ...
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  • A Compendium of Medical Technology Malfunctions (Part 2)

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

    While evolving medical technology definitely offers advantages to physicians and patients alike, malfunctioning devices can also put patients at risk. Let’s explore a few more examples of how medical devices can fail or malfunction, and the possible consequences. Data Loss/Corruption Just as files on our computers sometimes become corrupted and unusable, so it can happen with ...
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  • Woman Finds Out About Her Misdiagnosis from a Business Publication

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 6-Nov-2017

    A medical malpractice lawsuit against University of Kansas Hospital alleges that a misdiagnosis caused a patient to undergo an unnecessary surgical procedure. According to the lawsuit, the patient had portions of her pancreas, gallbladder, intestines and bile duct removed after a pancreatic cancer diagnosis. She later discovered that she did not have pancreatic cancer after reading about herself ...
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  • The War between Antibiotics and Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria - What's Next

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 3-Nov-2017

    Between the overuse of existing antibiotics and the slow development of new ones, the prevalence of infections due to antibiotic resistant bacteria continues to be a significant problem. In fact, the CDC estimates that these bacteria infect about 2 million people each year, killing at least 23,000 people annually. That said, signs of hope are beginning to emerge, and as awareness increases, ...
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  • Which Types of Medical Errors Can Occur During General Anesthesia?

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

    Some types of surgical procedures require patients to undergo general anesthesia. With regional anesthesia, one part of the body is numbed so surgical procedures can be performed. General anesthesia is where patients are rendered unconscious. For this reason, general anesthesia is riskier than regional anesthesia. Nurse anesthetists and anesthesiologists can make mistakes that may kill or ...
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  • What Are the Different Types of Diagnostic Errors?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 31-Oct-2017

    Medical mistakes are extremely common in hospitals, doctors’ offices and other health care facilities across the country. In fact, a study published in British Medical Journal estimated that medical errors cause 250,000 patient deaths in the US each year. Diagnostic errors are the most common type of medical mistake. These mistakes can lead to catastrophic consequences for patients and their ...
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  • The War between Antibiotics and Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria - Who's Winning, and Why

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 31-Oct-2017

    For a number of years now, the medical community and disease control experts have expressed alarm at the growing number of bacterial strains that don’t respond to antibiotic treatment. These so-called “superbugs” can cause prolonged infections, extended illnesses, loss of limbs and even death. Ironically, one of the places you’re statistically most likely to pick up one of ...
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  • What Are Common Surgical "Never Events"?

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

    “Never events” are a nickname given to the most egregious and preventable medical mistakes. Although there are many ways patients may be harmed while receiving medical services, “never events” refer to specific types of mistakes. The National Quality Forum (NQF) maintains a list of medical mistakes that may be considered “never events.” Twenty-nine of the ...
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  • Can Getting a Second Opinion Prevent a Misdiagnosis?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 4-Oct-2017

    Diagnostic errors are the most common mistake made by doctors. Considering that medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the US, it is important to protect yourself while receiving medical care. Some people have argued that getting a second opinion from another doctor can reduce your chance of receiving an incorrect diagnosis. Are these claims true? A new study published by Mayo ...
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  • What Can Happen When Surgeons Leave Objects Behind in Patients?

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

    Victims of medical mistakes may not realize they have been hurt by an error until after they begin to suffer serious health problems. For example, patients who have surgical equipment left behind after a procedure may not notice anything is wrong until long after they have left the operating room. Surgeons may leave behind surgical sponges, clamps, forceps or scissors inside of patients. In the ...
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  • Can Infant Jaundice Cause a Brain Injury if Left Untreated?

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

    Medical mistakes made before, during or after birth can lead to permanent health complications that may significantly reduce the quality of life for newborns and their families. In many cases, newborns who are harmed by medical mistakes will require specialized care for the rest of their lives. For example, if a newborn develops a severe case of jaundice and it remains untreated, they may be at ...
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  • Can Medical Negligence Cause a Hospital-Acquired Infection?

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

    Statistics published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that 1.7 million patients per year develop infections in US hospitals. An average of 99,000 of these patients will lose their lives. In fact, hospital-acquired infections are a leading cause of patient deaths in the US. There are some instances where hospitals could have done more to prevent and treat these ...
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  • When Are Pharmacies Liable for Medication Mistakes?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 4-Sep-2017

    Millions of Americans take prescription medications to treat various health conditions. Most people will need to visit a pharmacy to have these prescriptions filled. However, pharmacists or their staff members can make mistakes that cause serious harm to their customers. In such cases, it may be possible for victims of pharmacy negligence to file lawsuits. Pharmacies could be held liable for ...
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  • United Medical Center in Washington DC Obstetrics Ward Shut Down for Medical Mistakes

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 1-Sep-2017

    The Washington D.C. Department of Health has temporarily shut down the United Medical Center’s (UNC) obstetrics ward due to medical mistakes made by staff. Located in Southwest Washington DC, UNC’s obstetrics ward provides services to predominantly poorer residents east of the Anacostia River. According to an article published by The Washington Post, hospital staff made several medical ...
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  • Loved One Having Surgery? Smart Questions to Ask the Doctor

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

    Surgery always involves some risk, but unfortunately, medical errors sometimes amplify the risks even further. If you or a loved one is facing an upcoming surgical procedure, you should keep two things in mind: First—we are always the best people to look out for our loved ones’ best interests; and second—knowledge is power. The more you know about the surgery and what should ...
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