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February 2012 Archives

Misdiagnosis of a pulmonary embolism results in death

A patient has arrived at the hospital with complaints of chest pains and shortness of breath. The doctor failed to diagnose his condition, suggested that the patient was suffering from a virus and instead of treating him told the patient he go home. No medication was prescribed and it appears the only treatment suggested was bed rest. The patient went home but felt that something much worse was wrong than a virus. He then wrote up his will and a short time later died.

Safety at teaching hospitals and non-teaching hospitals

The allegations contained in Medicare data concerning patient safety at a variety of so-called "teaching hospitals" is now the center of contention. One of the teaching hospitals singled out in the data is located in Ohio. The data concludes that overall "teaching hospitals" do poorly when it comes to hospital mistakes and patient safety.

Doctors, lies and medical malpractice

We've written before that the number one preventive measure to medical malpractice and hospital mistakes in our Ohio and Kentucky hospitals is communication. Such communication can be between doctors and nurses, anesthetists and surgeons, hospital staff and administrators and, particularly, medical providers and their patients before, during and after care have taken place.

Medication follow-up after release of patient is essential

A professor at the Ohio State University College of Pharmacy is concerned about the lack of post-discharge medication management for patients released from the hospital. Patients are not often cognitive of side effects or other drug related reactions that should alert them to problems concerning the medications they have been prescribed. Such medication errors can lead to changes such as weight gain for a patient with congestive heart failure that could have significant adverse effects upon the patient's health.

Ohio birth injury risk could increase with epidural-related fever

Epidurals are a commonly accepted practice in Ohio, Kentucky and across the entire nation. In fact, of the 4 million mothers who give birth each year more than 60 percent received an epidural during the labor process. Although it is an accepted practice, it is not without risk and can be administered improperly by a doctor.

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