A misreading of a nucleic acid test performed on a deceased donor's tissue has turned out to be a costly misdiagnosis resulting in at least four instances of donees becoming infected with the hepatitis C virus.
If there is one thing that this blog makes readily clear about the practice of medicine, it is this: Notwithstanding the great advances in medicine and the professionals who practice it, mistakes do occur, for a number of reasons.
The Joint Commission -- an independent and not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies nearly 20,000 health care institutions across the United States -- is not impressed by the remarks of critics who disagree with its assessment that medical professionals work overly long hours that lead directly to acts of hospital negligence and patient errors.
A phenomenon called "distracted doctoring" is alarming a growing number of doctors and hospitals for its propensity to result in medical errors and even outright instances of medical malpractice, as some physicians are becoming fixated more on the technological devices in front of them than they are on their patients.
New Castle, PA On Monday night after a six day trial in front of the Honorable Dominick Motto, it only took a jury two and a half hours to award a $2Million verdict to a 32 year old nurse and mother of three small children. In May of 2008, after experiencing what she thought was hemorrhoidal bleeding, Sarah Bargas went to see Ann Blakeley, D.O. at her office, Hemorrhoid Care, P.C. At that first visit Dr. Blakeley performed an anoscopy and diagnosed Sarah with hemorrhoids. She then recommended treatment with an "IRC" machine (infrared coagulation machine) in which a wand of light is applied to the base of a hemorrhoid, without ordering any further testing.
Medicare maintains a truly massive database in which the government keeps records of what it pays for medical care for close to 50 million beneficiaries. The computerized record is deemed to be an essential and fundamental source for relevant information pertaining to the country's health care system.
If you are an optimist who thinks that medical care and the country's overall state of health is progressively improving, you are, sadly, mistaken.
Federal regulators began an investigation into California's state-run psychiatric hospitals nearly a decade ago and grew so alarmed by their findings that they subsequently obtained a consent judgment from a federal court that put several institutions under continuing federal oversight.
A growing number of federal regulators, politicians and medical researchers are lining up to criticize what they view as a particularly egregious example of medication error, namely, overmedication of foster children in several states that have been evaluated.
A study that will soon appear in The Journal of General Internal Medicine has some interesting things to say about the medical care -- most specifically, the prescriptions -- that many American elderly patients receive from a home health agency as opposed to what is commonly provided when they visit a medical office.