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Medical Malpractice Archives

Making patient handoffs better

Patient handoffs are frequent occurrences in hospitals in Connecticut and the rest of the nation. They are also occurrences during which medical errors can occur. However, having a standard process that places a focus on effective communication during the handoffs can lower the chances that medical errors will occur.

Court determines disclosure of HIV status is medical malpractice

Connecticut patients who are HIV-positive may be interested to learn about a New Jersey case that involved a physician who disclosed a patient's HIV status to a third party without the patient's consent. The patient claimed that the physician's disclosure violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Damage caps for medical malpractice victims

Connecticut residents might like to know about the changes taking place in several states concerning medical malpractice laws. While only a few states like Washington, Florida and Illinois have decided against caps on noneconomic medical malpractice damages, other states could follow.

Squamous cell carcinoma diagnosed in more young people

Connecticut residents may be concerned to learn that squamous cell carcinoma is becoming more common in younger people. While this type of skin cancer most frequently affects people over 50, doctors are seeing more and more people in their 20s and 30s present with the disease. This is especially true of women under the age of 40.

Common dosage errors happen by factors of 10

Some Connecticut patients may have been prescribed drugs at some time that were available in doses that differed by a factor of 10. The problem with these kinds of dosages is that it can be easy to make errors. For example, in a number of cases, patients who were supposed to get 2 mg of Abilify received 20 mg instead. One child took 68 doses that were 10 times higher than prescribed before the error was discovered and suffered side effects including frequent crying and depression. A patient who was prescribed 10 mg of doxepin was instead given 100 mg and suffered drowsiness and fatigue as a result.

Medical errors causes more than 250,000 deaths annually

Each year, many Connecticut patients suffer from medical mistakes. Medical errors are prevalent in hospitals and doctors' offices across the U.S. and lead to many deaths. A study has revealed that the problem is even more pervasive than was previously thought.

Surgery for early prostate cancer not needed, study says

Connecticut men who have been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer may be interested to learn that a long-term study concluded that prostate cancer surgery does not offer any significant benefits for those who have localized tumors. In fact, those who had prostate cancer surgery were more likely to suffer complications without the benefit of living longer than those who did not have the surgery.

Facts about ovarian cancer

Connecticut women who have a family history of ovarian cancer may be concerned that they are likely to get it as well, but heredity is only a factor in 10 percent of cases. There are a number of other significant risk factors that include diabetes, obesity and smoking. Despite a flurry of lawsuits, however, there is not a proven link between ovarian cancer and talcum powder.

Measures to identify the correct patient

It is important for Connecticut health care professionals to be sure that they are treating the correct patient. Problems with patient care such as surgical errors and misdiagnosis can occur if hospital workers do not verify that they have the right patient beyond just one form of identification.

Hospital water systems pose Legionnaires' disease risk

Hospitals in Connecticut and around the country are concerned after a report has shown Legionnaires' disease present in the water supplies of a number of healthcare facilities. The disease is a type of pneumonia caused by Legionella bacteria. It is preventable but can be deadly.

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