What's the difference between the cautious use of a medication or medical device "off-label" and carelessly exposing a patient to unnecessary medical risks?
Doctors prescribe medications in the hope of saving or improving lives. Tragically, medications can lead to serious medical issues or even death. In some cases, it is due to a doctor prescribing the wrong medication or a nurse administering the wrong dose. In others, it can be due to problems with labeling or with the way the drug was made or handled. Sometimes, insurance issue contribute to medication injuries. A pharmacist may substitute a different drug in a similar class or group in order to bill your insurance, causing a dangerous interaction. For some unfortunate people, their drug-related injury is the result of a mixture of medications that had a profoundly negative impact on their health.
In recent years, there's been a push toward mediation over litigation in just about every area of civil law -- and medical malpractice is no exception.
There's a lot of negative political press these days about medical malpractice claims suggesting that juries are just handing out ridiculously high settlements. Do these arguments have merit?
Nursing home abuses can stay hidden for years -- often coming to light only when something serious happens to a resident who has family members who won't let the case rest or a conscientious employee finally has enough and steps forward.
It shouldn't have been hard to figure out that there was something seriously wrong with the 50-year-old man who presented in Winfield's Central DuPage Hospital one night back in 2012. He was suffering from a headache, neck pain, vomiting and disorientation.
When administering medication at home to yourself or your children, you probably read the instructions carefully and follow them to the letter. We all do this because we understand how dangerous it can be to deviate from the medicine's dosage instructions. Medical personnel understand this, too, probably better than we do.
A recent study has determined that the quality of outpatient care in the United States has generally not improved over the past 10 years. A growing awareness of the frequency of medical mistakes has led to numerous programs designed to improve patient safety and outcomes. These efforts have not produced appreciable results, according to survey data analyzed by the study's authors. The quality of American medical treatment is not getting better.
In October 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a safety communication regarding a heater-cooler device originally manufactured by Sorin Group Deutschland GmbH. The Stӧckert 3T Heater-Cooler System has been linked to an increased risk of infection with the Mycobacterium chimaera. These infections, referred to as non-tuberculosis mycobacteria (NTM) infections, can lead to serious health complications and even death. The Sorin Group has since partnered with another company and now does business under the name LivaNova.
College sports teams travel all around the country for events. The issue with this is that there isn't any legal clarification that provides protections for team doctors who are traveling with the team. A recent bill passed the United States House of Representatives that would clarify that the medical malpractice insurance team doctors carry would follow them in other states.