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December 2015 Archives

A lady forced to leave a hospital later dies

In Oregon, hospital neglect could lead to death as it did for one woman in Florida in December 2015. She was forcibly removed from a hospital when she believed she was still unwell. Some think it would have been more reasonable to let her sit in the hospital until she calmed down and felt better.

Military family asks Supreme Court to change malpractice rule

A Texas man whose daughter suffered birth injuries during a botched cesarean section delivery at a military hospital is petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to change a rule that bars active military members from suing the government over injuries that are "incident to military service." The case could impact the rights of military service members in Oregon and nationwide.

Visual screening for skin cancer could be harmful

Although skin cancer is not usually fatal, Oregon residents might be surprised that 74,000 people will receive a melanoma diagnosis in 2015, according to estimates from the National Cancer Institute. Additionally, it estimates that melanoma will take the lives of over 9,900 people. However, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has found that visual skin cancer may not be enough to make a proper diagnosis and could be harmful.

The importance of a safety culture in hospitals

Oregon residents may be interested in a recent study that indicates that the safety culture of a hospital or medical facility can have a significant impact on patient outcomes. Researchers looking at 12 safety culture factors in seven hospitals in Minnesota discovered that complication rates and surgical site infections after colon surgeries were influenced by several of the safety culture factors.

Corporate negligence claims against hospitals

Hospitals and other medical facilities in Oregon and around the country may face legal action when they fail to take all reasonable steps to ensure the well-being and safety of their patients. Medical malpractice lawsuits filed against hospitals generally involve the doctrines of either corporate negligence or vicarious liability. Vicarious liability is a secondary liability that holds supervisors responsible for the actions of those under their control. Corporate negligence has been recognized as a cause of action against health care facilities due to the impact that they can have on the health of their patients.

Understanding pneumonia and risk factors

Pneumonia can occur in anyone, particularly if they have a respiratory infection such as the flu and laryngitis. However, there are over 30 causes of pneumonia, and some people are more at risk than others of coming down with it. This is why it could help some Oregon residents to better understand the illness and their risk of developing it.

Woman dies after receiving wrong medication

An Oregon woman died after a hospital administered the wrong drug to her following brain surgery. She had gone to the hospital with a question about her dosage, and a doctor prescribed an anti-seizure medication. However, instead she was given a paralyzing agent that caused her to have a cardiac arrest and fall into a coma.

British study reveals obstetrics weekend effect

Oregon residents may have heard that patients undergoing certain types of medical procedure on a Saturday or Sunday are more likely to develop complications or have a poor outcome than those who are treated during the regular workweek. This has been labelled the weekend effect, and a study in a British medical journal indicates that giving birth on the weekend may also be more dangerous.


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