When it comes to surgical errors, most people probably think that they are less likely to occur in a teaching hospital - meaning one where doctors are trained in surgical techniques - versus a non-teaching hospital. The reason? At teaching hospitals, there is more oversight thanks to the presence of trained "teaching" surgeons and perhaps an increased emphasis on patient care.
Last week, a jury in Pennsylvania ordered a regional hospital to pay a rather substantial sum - $21.6 million - to a mother whose child suffered a serious and debilitating birth injury.
For a parent whose child is undergoing some type of surgical procedure, it can be agonizing waiting for an update or sign from the medical staff that the procedure went as planned. However, when a health care professional emerges from the operating room to tell a parent that there was a surgical error, this agony suddenly becomes all the more pronounced.
When we enter the hospital, we trust that we will receive quality care designed to help us recover as quickly and painlessly as possible. However, a recently released study shows that this trust may be misplaced, as the number of patients in the United States affected by hospital negligence may be significantly higher than previously thought.
Last month, our blog reported on a recent series of articles in The New York Times chronicling how patients may be unknowingly exposed to high levels of radiation during seemingly routine radiological procedures. Specifically, it discussed how improperly administered x-rays, CT scans or other such radiological exams can be particularly dangerous to infants, constituting a type of potential birth injury.
In a very interesting story out of the state of New York, state legislators have officially passed a measure in the 2011-2012 budget creating a state fund to cover the medical expenses of children who suffered serious birth injuries, meaning hospitals will no longer be responsible for paying these costs.
Few things in life are more devastating than when the negligence of health care professionals - physicians, nurses, medical assistants, pharmacists - results in a serious or even fatal birth injury.
Last week, a jury in New Jersey reached a split decision in a medical malpractice/surgical error case that has recently gained a significant degree of media attention due to the nature of the injury at issue.
In recent medical malpractice news, a Las Vegas-based urologist is currently locked in a heated legal battle with the state medical board after his medical license was suspended over his practice of reusing single-use plastic needle guides.