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July 2012 Archives

Failure to diagnose heart disease affects many elderly people

Falling ill can be a trying experience. Besides feeling sick or being in pain, individuals can suffer from tremendous stress when they do not know what is causing their condition. For this reason, doctors and nurses are trained to accurately diagnose patients' illnesses and treat them accordingly. While this may seem like a simple, everyday medical task, a diagnosis can often go wrong. When there is a failure to diagnose a condition, a patient can face an even worse situation, which could potential lead to permanent injury or death. The seriousness of misdiagnosis should concern Miami residents, and they may want to consider a recently published medical study regarding failure to detect heart disease.

Continued use of birth control pills causes post-surgery death

Many times, Miami doctors tell patients to take several precautions prior to having an operation. These measures could include changing diet, abstaining from liquids and stopping medication. Since most patients do not know what steps need to be taken prior to surgery, they rely on doctors to inform them. When this information is not conveyed, serious injury or death can occur. These instances of medical malpractice are traumatizing, as is evidenced by one family's loss of a wife and mother.

Will new technology prevent surgical errors in Florida operating rooms?

Gauze sponges are common in operating rooms. These tools are used to soak up blood so that surgeons are able to see what they are doing. Though sponges may sound like a benefit to a patient, they can easily turn into threatening, even deadly, devices. When sponges are left inside a patient they can pierce organs and disrupt normal body functions. Since a forgotten sponge is a serious error that can occur at every hospital, Miami residents may be interested to know that a new technology has been developed that may help prevent this type of surgical error.

Multiple lawsuits filed against one nursing home

The decision to place an elderly relative into a nursing home is a difficult one to make. An individual must not only consider the costs associated with the care, but must also handle the emotional toll of giving complete control of a loved one's health over to what are, essentially, complete strangers.

Surgical error leaves Florida woman with flesh-eating bacteria

Outpatient surgery is a type of operation that does not require an overnight stay in the hospital. Typically, these procedures are less complicated and, thus, carry a lesser risk of complications. Yet, surgical error, even during outpatient operations, is still a common enough occurrence to cause concern.

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