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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

Posted in antibiotic resistant bacteria, blood infections, Doctors, health, Hospitals, Infection, Misdiagnosis, science news, Sepsis |

The Never Event.

In 2001, the concept of “never events” was introduced.  The idea was that a never event was one which was identifiable, caused serious injury or death and was almost always preventable.  The original list has grown and there are now … Read More

Posted in Birth Injuries, blood infections, disclosure of medical mistakes, Health Care Costs, Health Insurers, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Medical Devices, medical errors, medical ethics, Medical Malpractice, medical mistakes, Medicare, Medication Errors, never events, Nurses, Pharmacy Malpractice, Prescription Errors, retained surgical instruments, Secrecy, Surgical Errors |

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 |

Hospital Infections

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 |

Hip Replacements.

One consequence of our lengthening life spans is that we are wearing out our original equipment.  Our knees and hips were not intended to last 60 or 70 years.  They certainly weren’t intended to support the heavy bodies so many … Read More

Posted in Arizona Medical Board, Blood Clots, blood infections, Board Certification, Doctors, heart attack, Hip Replacement, Hospital Negligence, Hospitals, Infection, joint replacement, Medical Devices, Medicare, Nurses, Obesity, Orthopedics, Pulmonary Embolism, Sepsis, Surgical Errors |

Misdiagnosis News.

I have written often about misdiagnosis.  See here and here, for example.  It is a frequent subject because it is the most common form of medical malpractice.  Some new research suggests that the most damaging misdiagnoses occur in a relatively small … Read More

Posted in blood infections, Cancer, Doctors, health, Infection, Lung Cancer, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, medical malpractice claims, medical mistakes, Medical Negligence, Misdiagnosis, Sepsis, Stroke |

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 |

Misdiagnosis: The Most Common Form of Malpractice

A recent article in the peer-reviewed medical journal Diagnosis concluded, “[D]iagnostic errors remain the most common, most catastrophic, and most costly of serious medical errors . . . .” The researchers were from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and … Read More

Posted in blood infections, Cancer, Doctors, General Health, Infection, Lawsuits, Lung Cancer, medical charts, medical errors, Medical Malpractice, Misdiagnosis, Sepsis, Stroke |

Sepsis and Diet.

Sepsis is one of the leading killers in the United States.  1.7 million Americans get sepsis each year.  Fully one-third of all patients who die in hospital have sepsis. Sepsis is the body’s response to overwhelming infection.  For most of … Read More

Posted in blood infections, General Health, health, healthy living, Infection, medical research, Obesity, obesity epidemic, Sepsis |

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 |