Bacterial Infection: A Relentless Killer.
They are all around us. The bacteria that cause infections are all around us. They live on our skin, in our guts, on the food we eat, on the surfaces we touch, and in our mouths. They float on the … Read More
When Immune Systems Go Haywire
I recently lost one of my sisters to sepsis. She got an infection that lingered until her immune system couldn’t deal with it any longer and it sent her body into septic shock, which killed her. Over a quarter of … Read More
Are We Headed Back to the Bad Old Days?
My granddaughter and I were looking at songs in a folk singing book the other day and one of them was “Sweet Molly Malone.” If you know the song, you know Molly was a fishmonger in old Dublin, who died … Read More
The Good Bacteria
Last week I wrote about some of the dangers of overuse and misuse of antibiotics: they create resistance among the disease causing bacteria and make antibiotics less effective in saving lives. There is an equally important second reason, however. The … Read More
The Danger of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria
We are surrounded by life forms that are constantly mutating and changing. This is particularly true of bacteria. Because they have such short life spans, they can evolve quickly to meet threats. That is exactly what they have done to … Read More
Infections and Medical Malpractice
I see a lot of prospective clients who became infected after a hospital stay or after a procedure in a doctor’s office. Sometimes the infection is relatively minor. Sometimes it is devastating. Sometimes it is fatal. I can’t do much … Read More
Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, blood infections, Hospitals, Infection, Lawsuits, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, Medical Negligence, Nurses, plaintiff, Sepsis
Hospitals are where the sick people are. While patients may go home after they get better, they often leave bacteria and viruses behind, where they infect the next round of patients. You may go to the hospital to get well, … Read More
Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, blood infections, Doctors, General Health, health, healthy living, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Infection, Medicare, Nurses, Sepsis
Nursing Homes Can Kill You – Even If You Never Set Foot In One
As the population of the United States ages, more and more of us will find ourselves or our loved ones in nursing homes or other long-term care facilities. There is more and more data to suggest that these facilities are … Read More
Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, blood infections, General Health, health, healthy living, Hospitals, Infection, medical research, Nurses, science news, Sepsis
Secrecy and More Secrecy
I swear it is not just me. While I have been concerned about the effects of secrecy in health care and malpractice litigation for some time, the news lately is just full of stories about patients being kept in the … Read More
Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, Arizona Medical Board, Defensive Medicine, disclosure of medical mistakes, Doctors, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Infection, Lawsuits, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice claims, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Medicare, Secrecy
Hospitals Can Be Dangerous To Your Health.
The Depression Era bank robber Willie Sutton was famously quoted as saying that he robbed banks because, “That’s where the money is.” Today, hospitals can be dangerous to your health because, “That’s where the sick people are.” When you go … Read More
Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, blood infections, Doctors, health, healthy living, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Infection, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Nurses, Sepsis