Covington may not be as crowded as Manhattan, but the news that a New York City maternity ward employee may have spread tuberculosis in a busy hospital may have sent chills to new parents all around the country. No cases of wrongful death from TB had been reported, but authorities said that hundreds of newborns were possibly exposed to the deadly disease from the worker, who tested positive for the contagious illness.
Hospital negligence has been blamed for three recent patient deaths at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center. These deaths are a part of a series of deaths at VA facilities that may have been preventable.
Are there better times than others are as far as being scheduled for a hospital procedure in Kentucky is concerned? According to some studies, there may be better times to have surgery or deliver a child. Additionally, some months may be better than others to be hospitalized. Time of day may play an important role in avoiding hospital malpractice.
Some Kentucky residents may be interested to learn about a 52-year-old man who was taken to the hospital following a car accident. Medical personnel installed a nasogastric (NG) tube. Blood was discovered in the tube, which required the man's stomach to be pumped. Later, doctors realized that the tube had been inserted into the man's brain by mistake. Luckily, the man received surgery and the problem was corrected. Another patient was not as lucky. She died of sepsis after a tube was incorrectly placed into her brain.
Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center agreed to a $1.25 million dollar settlement last week to compensate the family of a Cleveland, Ohio, man left with a brain injury after an apparent hospital error. The suit was filed in 2010 by the victim's mother, who asserted in her suit that her son received improper medical care during surgery for testicular cancer. She claimed that various hospital errors led to cardiac failure and hemorrhage for her son, and the result of these complications left the victim in a vegetative state.The total settlement amount will not be paid immediately. Instead, the hospital agreed to pay the family in stages, with a lump sum given to the victim's family immediately and payments made on the balance through an established trust. Hospital representatives and members of the victim's family didn't comment on the settlement, but the Ohio Attorney General's office issued a statement that praised the resolution as "fair and just." According to a medical center spokesman, this is not the largest single settlement in the center's history.