There are two sides of the stethoscope debate: those doctors who say the listening device is dead or dying and those physicians who say the instruments are still useful and are likely to be important for years to come.
It seems likely that many of our Covington readers could answer the question that was at the heart of a recent Medscape survey of more than 4,000 primary care doctors and specialists: Why are physicians sued for medical malpractice? The bottom line is that they are sued when they are negligent and that negligence causes harm to a patient.
A two-hour drive northeast of Covington lands you in Dublin, Ohio. The Columbus suburb is home to a family that recently settled a lawsuit in which they alleged medical malpractice caused the wrongful death of a family member. A 38-year-old Dublin man was not properly diagnosed at the university's Dublin medical center, the family and man's estate alleged in the suit.
It's common knowledge that in order to get helpful medical treatments, you must first be properly diagnosed in a timely manner. Unfortunately, a new study indicates that most Americans will receive at least one incorrect or delayed diagnosis in their lives, an article in the Lexington Herald-Leader states.
When a Covington patient is injured by a doctor, we don't ask the physician to decide if he or she has done wrong. Doctors are simply human. They can't be objective about what they do any more than folks in other professions can.
Sometimes people make a point about how simple a problem is by saying, "this isn't brain surgery." That's because operations on the human brain -- the most important and least understood organ -- are typically carried out by some of the most skilled surgeons anywhere.
A few days ago, NBC's news program broadcast here in Covington told the heartbreaking story of an "oncologist who inflicted excessive and painful cancer treatments on hundreds of patients — many of whom didn't have the disease in the first place." The cancer doctor wept as he was sentenced to spend 45 years in prison for his crimes and malicious medical malpractice.
As any Covington resident with a history of heart problems can tell you, there are a number of medical tests that can reveal the nature and extent of the issues involved. One of those tests is an electrocardiogram (EKG or ECG) which "checks for problems with the electrical activity of your heart," WebMD says.
Anyone who has suffered harm at the hands of a medical professional has likely wondered at some point if he or she has a claim for medical malpractice. While it isn't the answer that most people would want, the truth is that not all bad outcomes of medical care would qualify as medical malpractice.
When many people hear the word cancer, they think of a death sentence. The truth of the matter is that many forms of cancer can be successfully treated. The survival rate for 5 years for all forms of cancers is at about 66 percent. For breast, thyroid and prostate cancer, that rate is greater than 90 percent. One of the keys to treating cancer is to start treatment for it as early as possible.