Readers in Oregon likely know that proper prenatal care can be essential to the future health of an unborn baby. A major component of that care is a doctor's ability to properly diagnose and/or treat problems that may arise during a pregnancy. Yet a new study indicates that a growing number of pregnant women are taking antihypertensive drugs, possibly because their prenatal doctors failed to advise them of the potential risks posed by the drugs.
We recently discussed potential medical risks -- such as infection, allergic reaction or additional complications -- that can result when patients are subjected to unnecessary testing. Today's posting explores the risks surrounding doctors' increasing use of computed tomography scans on patients in Oregon and nationwide.
Injuries caused by the negligence of hospital staff during the delivery process may sometimes be so severe that they foreclose any possibility of a child having a normal life. For that reason, many Oregon readers regard birth injuries as among the most tragic of medical malpractice cases.
Despite remarkable improvements in medical technology, patients in Oregon and nationwide continue to be injured by medical negligence, such as surgical errors. A new survey suggests that doctor burnout may be a prime culprit.
An estimated 10% of all visits to emergency departments in Oregon and nationwide may involve patients whose symptoms suggest acute myocardial infarction, commonly referred to as heart attack. However, that diagnosis often requires several hours of observation, and may be compounded by additional delays caused by overcrowding in EDs. A new test may offer a solution.
An internal investigation prompted by a letter from a former nurse at HCA -- the largest for-profit hospital chain in the United States with 163 facilities -- revealed that unnecessary testing may have been the norm in the hospital's cardiology department.