Oregon patients may be interested in the rules regarding whether an injured third party can sue a hospital for medical malpractice. For example, someone who was injured in an auto accident that resulted from another driver's incapacitation due to pain medication prescribed without warning may have a case against the prescribing hospital. The New York Court of Appeals determined that the hospital was responsible for third party damages in the case of Davis v. South Nassau Communities Hospital.
According to a study published on Jan. 21, a genetic marker test could help doctors identify which stage 2 colon cancer patients have an aggressive form of the disease and could benefit from chemotherapy. The test could change the way colon cancer patients in Oregon and nationwide are treated for the disease.
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has revealed that there are far more cesarean deliveries performed in the United States than the 10 to 15 percent of all deliveries that the World Health Organization recommends. The study shows that almost 33 percent of deliveries involve a C-section, which is much higher than other countries. The reasons for this may surprise expecting couples in Oregon.
Oregon residents may be shocked to learn that doctors performing complex surgical procedures on infants at some American hospitals may be lacking crucial skills and experience. A 2012 study of pediatric heart surgery in 73 hospitals found fatality rates ranging from 6.5 percent to 38.4 percent, and further attention was drawn to the issue by a report published in JAMA in October 2015.
Each year, some people are injured because of medical errors made during surgery. Health care facilities continually look for ways to decrease the surgical error rate, and they have largely tried to do so by implementing one of two main approaches.
Expectant women in Oregon sometimes want to have their child delivered at home with a midwife, rather than in the hospital. Many are nervous to do so in case a problem arises, however. A Canadian study shows that at-home births carry similar risks as those in hospitals as long as the woman's pregnancy is a low-risk one.
End-of-life decisions can be stressful for loved ones of those who are passing. However, Oregon health care providers may help deal with challenges in this area, especially in cases of possible brain death. Guidelines have been established to ensure that the diagnosis of brain death is as accurate as possible, but recent studies indicate that these policies are not being implemented consistently in hospitals.
Some Oregon women may find that an ultrasound is a good supplement to a mammogram for detecting breast cancer. Researchers in a study that appeared in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute examined nearly 3,000 women and found that while they had pros and cons, ultrasounds were ultimately as good at mammograms in detecting breast cancer.
Oregonians who have been diagnosed with cancer may know that the disease isn't necessarily confined to one part of the body. Cancer that becomes mobile within the body is known as metastatic cancer, and it can spread via numerous mechanisms depending on issues like the condition of a patient's immune system, the starting location of the tumor and other health factors.