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March 2012 Archives

Nurse's negligence causes baby to lose pinky finger

Sometimes we take our day-to-day tasks for granted and don't even think twice when we are doing them. But for a nurse at a Florida hospital, her routine task cost an infant her pinky finger when she accidentally cut it off while removing an intravenous tube that was attached to the baby's hand.

Doctors could misdiagnose brown recluse spider bites

For those of you who have a fear of spiders, news that North America's deadliest spider is expanding its reach from Florida to some Midwest states may not make you feel better, especially when doctors could fail to diagnose the spider bite.

Should your doctor be dispensing your medication?

At one time or another you have probably received a sample of medication from your doctor's office just to get you started on a treatment regime, but now there is a trend for doctors to dispense all medications directly to the patient rather than send them to their pharmacy. Those opposed to this type of dispensing fear that more medication errors will occur and possibly harm a patient.

Advocates pushing for nursing home neglect reform

Last year an investigation found that since 2002 Florida assisted living facilities caused the deaths of at least 70 people by abuse and neglect. This sparked outrage for advocates looking to punish the offenders so a governor-appointed task force was put together to identify specific protections for people who reside in nursing home facilities and develop legislation to help protect them.

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