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Proving that a doctor was negligent is not always easy to do

Each year, many Americans either are misdiagnosed or receive a delayed diagnosis, have a doctor poorly perform a procedure on them or otherwise experience complications associated with a medical treatment or procedure.

Situations like these are so common, in fact, that the authors of one study published in 2013 referenced both cancer and heart disease as the top two leading causes of death in the United States. Medical malpractice ranked third on that list.

Placental anomalies are high for assisted reproduction patients

Researchers working on a study published last month in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology shed light on a factor that may increase a pregnant woman's risk of suffering a placental anomaly.

They found that those women who become pregnant via the use of assisted reproductive technology (ART) have a marked increase of suffering problems with the placenta during their pregnancies than those who conceive spontaneously.

Why are doctors slow to admit their mistakes?

When aspiring physicians first enter medical school, they're required to take what's known at the Hippocratic Oath. By taking it, they're understood to agree to uphold certain ethical standards when it comes to taking care of patients that they may come into contact with. If doctors are bound by this, then you may wonder why so many doctors seem either unable or unwilling to admit when they've made a mistake.

Perhaps one of the most likely reasons doctors are slow to admit fault when errors first occur is because they fear that they'll be sued for doing so. They've probably been admonished time and time again by their employers to never readily admit fault for their actions, even if it's clear that they did something wrong.

What are signs of emotional abuse among nursing home residents?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data shows that at least 1.4 million individuals across the United States reside at nursing homes. Of those who do, at least 80 percent are 65-years-old or older. The fact that so many residents are of an advanced age means that a significant number of them require additional daily medical attention to get by.

While many of these nursing homes are equipped to provide a high quality of care for these individuals, in the media, we often hear of the few bad apples that spoil the rest of the bunch. When a facility like this does make the headlines, they often do so because staff members engaged in either abusing or neglecting its residents.

How key is following checklists to preventing surgical errors?

Doctors and other surgical support staff are trained to conduct "time outs" before making their first incision.

It's during this time that they're supposed to check to make sure that they're operating on the correct patient and the right body part. This is also supposed to be a time when all members of the medical team get on the same page in terms of their roles during the procedure. It's also during this time that all medical supplies and tools are supposed to be counted.

Are Arizona doctors making deadly mistakes?

Did you or someone in your family recently undergo surgery? Whether the procedure was elective or prompted in an emergency situation, you had the right to reasonably assume that every medical team member involved in your care (or your loved one's) would act according to the utmost level of accepted safety standards. Things can go wrong during or after surgery; hopefully, a doctor spoke with you beforehand regarding the risks.  

Of course, if you were unconscious or in a life-or-death situation, there may have been no opportunity for discussion. At any rate, even though things don't always go as planned if you have surgery, you should never have to suffer injury or illness due to medical negligence. Shockingly, surgical errors rank high on most lists for causes of medical malpractice in Arizona and throughout the nation. Beware of the possible errors that may place you in harm's way, and know where to seek support if a problem arises. 

What are some of the more common misdiagnosed medical conditions?

As patients, one of perhaps our greatest fears is going to see the doctor and him or her not being able to make a definitive diagnosis of what ails us. The other is likely hearing that we're suffering from some type of debilitating or terminal illness and having to confront the unknown.When it comes to medical conditions that are often misdiagnosed, there quite a few.

Hepatitis C is one of many medical conditions that doctors are slow to diagnose. Oftentimes, physicians don't narrow it down to a potential illness a patient has until after its caused him or her significant liver damage. Fortunately, there are now several different courses of treatment that can help reverse tell-tale signs of chronic liver disease.

Pregnant women induced after 39 weeks may have more complications

A study published on May 9 by researchers at the University of South Florida suggests that when pregnant women have their births induced, it may adversely impact their risk factors for birth injuries.

Researchers combed through the medical records for a significant sample of pregnant woman before reaching this conclusion. In doing so, they found that healthy women who have their labor induced at 39 weeks appeared to be far less likely to suffer complications including having to have a cesarean section C-section) than those who had this happen at the 41 week period or further along in their pregnancy.

How are physical injuries a sign of nursing home neglect?

Nursing home neglect, a type of abuse, is on the rise across the country despite increased demands made by federal officials that these assisted living facilities do a better job of reporting suspected cases.

Neglect in residential care facilities can take on many forms, but generally has to do with a person living there not receiving a level of care in alignment with what they need. In nursing homes, this often equates to residents not being provided with necessary assistance to move about or to consume their food. In other cases, it has to do with their basic hygiene not being taken care of.

Hospitals can be sued for their employee's negligence

When a patient checks into a hospital, they do so in hopes of being made to feel better, not worse. In an era in which hospitals have become money making operations instead of remaining focused on patient care, it's not unheard of for patients to receive substandard care.

Patients often suffer declines in the health or die as a result of a hospital or a doctor failing to provide a patient with a decent standard of care. In situations like this, hospitals or doctors are often sued for negligence.

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