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Improved communication with patients leads to fewer lawsuits

A study recently published by Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard University researchers in the British Medical Journal highlights how medical errors can be reduced as much as 38 percent. The research shows that doctors and their patients need only to improve their communication to effectuate this change.

The protocol that produced such promising results is referred to as Patient and Family Centered I-PASS. Doctors used this intervention in interacting with their patients while making their morning rounds. It included the use of health literacy, structured communication and increased engagement of family members in discussions.

What criteria should I use to select a plastic surgeon?

If you look up "plastic surgery" on the internet, you'll come across a number of horror stories where patients recount how they went in to see a doctor for a simple, routine procedure, yet things didn't go as planned. We can learn a lot about things we should avoid when selecting our own plastic surgeon by simply reading those stories.

Once you identify a plastic surgeon that you like, you should go to the American Board of Medical Specialties' website and check and see if they're American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) certified. If they're not, then you may want to continue your search.

Maternal mortality rates reach an all-time high in the U.S.

A new report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that American women are now more prone to dying during pregnancy or childbirth than women in developing countries.

Their data also captures how the United States' maternal mortality rate has increased from 17 to 26 per 100,000 between 1990 and 2015. This rate is the highest of all developed countries. Researchers at Harvard University recently tried to make sense of this increase.

Before you file a medical malpractice claim, read this

If you seek medical care and your doctor makes some type of error during the course of that care, do you have grounds for a medical malpractice claim? The answer depends on numerous factors, each of which may apply to your situation and all of which may affect whether or not the court would consider the defendant or defendants in your case legally liable for injury. In short, just because an Arizona doctor makes a mistake, this doesn't necessarily mean he or she has committed malpractice. 

There are several key issues you must prove when you present a medical malpractice claim in court. It helps to learn as much about this type of civil justice claim as possible before entering litigation. It's also good to remember that, in such cases, the plaintiff must prove his or her claim. Discussing your situation with someone well-versed in personal injury law is a logical way to begin discerning whether or not you have grounds to file a medical malpractice claim.  

What types of abuse are dementia patients commonly subject to?

Senior citizens with dementia are more vulnerable to being abused than others. They're also more apt to make false abuse accusations than those who do not have the debilitating cognitive disease. Although this diagnosis may cause a patient to become more paranoid than they otherwise would have been, there are certain signs that you should look for if you're trying to verify whether their claims of abuse are accurate.

Financial abuse

Information about shoulder dystocia: What parents need to know

Shoulder dystocia is a birth injury that happens when a baby becomes trapped against the mother's pelvic bone during the delivery process. Even though most cases of shoulder dystocia get better on their own after six to 12 months of healing, some children will suffer from permanent disabilities as a result of this birth injury.

In cases of shoulder dystocia, the infant suffers bodily injuries during the birth process after becoming trapped in the birth canal and being subjected to intense pressure as the mother tries to push the baby out. Here are some of the injuries that develop in such cases:

  • Babies who suffer from oxygen deprivation
  • Babies with broken collarbones and broken arms
  • Babies with broken shoulders, arms and damage to nerves in the arms and hands
  • Mothers suffering from torn vagina, rectum and cervix
  • Mothers with uterine ruptures and bruised bladders
  • Mothers with dangerous hemorrhaging

Reasons why women's cardiovascular disease often goes undiagnosed

Cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of women. It claims as many as 333,000 of their lives across the world each year. It kills more women than diabetes, respiratory disease or cancer. A woman is less likely to survive their first heart attack than a man is. Although most doctors know this information, they often diagnose them with something else other than heart disease before settling on it.

One theory about why women often receive a delayed diagnosis of heart disease is because they don't exhibit some telltale signs of the condition that doctors have long been taught to look for in patients.

A surgeon is responsible for keeping operating room staff in line

Each year across the United States, doctors perform millions of surgical procedures. Many of those take place in outpatient facilities while others require patients to spend the night at their facilities. While in some cases, just a doctor and their nurse will be in the operating room, in other cases there will be a team of medical professionals, each responsible for carrying out tasks.

Surgical technicians and nurses

A woman is denied medical care, dies at a Phoenix drug facility

A 22-year-old mother from Ohio checked herself into Phoenix's Serenity Care Center, a state-licensed drug detox center on Oct. 7 in hopes of getting help for her addiction to opioids. Staff members denied her continued requests to be transferred to a local hospital to be evaluated for her declining health. Within days, she was dead. Her story has left many wondering if her death could have been avoided.

Despite the woman requesting to be taken to a local hospital at least three times, a Maricopa County Sheriff's Office report shows that the staff at the facility she was living at did nothing until the very end.

Did your doctor fail to diagnose your sepsis?

People get infections every day in numerous ways. You could contract an infection from a surgical procedure, an accident or pneumonia. A case of the flu could become an infection under the right conditions.

In some people, an infection can turn ugly if not aggressively treated right away. Perhaps your doctor failed to diagnose your infection in time and before you realized what was happening to your body, you were in the emergency room feeling simply awful. The question is whether doctors will take the next step and determine whether your symptoms resulted from sepsis since they could easily be dismissed as something else.

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