Law Office of Robert A. Miller
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July 2012 Archives

Study links hospital errors to understaffing

When Oregon patients check in to a hospital, their thoughts may be preoccupied with the main surgical or medical procedure they will be receiving. However, the opportunity for medical error is not confined to that event.

Latex allergy turns routine surgery into wrongful death

A jury recently awarded $4 million to the estate of a woman in a medical malpractice lawsuit alleging hospital and staff negligence. The woman's estate claimed that hospital nurses failed to notify staff of the woman's latex allergy, resulting in her wrongful death.

FDA proposal may impact prescription errors

A prescription typically requires the involvement of several health care professionals. A doctor initiates the process by diagnosing a patient's condition. A nurse may transcribe a doctor's notes and send the authorization to a pharmacy. A pharmacist, in turn, must correctly label the medication and ensure its accuracy. Of course, mistakes can be made anywhere along that chain of communication.

Failure to diagnose prostate cancer can be fatal

The Oregon Urology Institute recently offered free prostate exams -- no appointment or insurance required -- at the Valley River Center in Eugene, Oregon. They had good reason to promote this exam: 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. In fact, one doctor at the Institute estimates prostate cancer to be the 2nd most common form of cancer, after skin cancer.

1 in 20 hospital patients may develop infections

According to projections based on a 2010 report from the Department of Health and Human Services, infections, surgical mistakes and other medical harm contribute to the deaths of 180,000 hospital patients a year. Of that number, a significant portion of injuries are caused by the failure to treat infection that develops in the hospital.

Emergency room patients face more overcrowding

Oregon patients requiring emergency care may be at greater risk of injuries caused by emergency room negligence, based on an interpretation of a recently published study.


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