Safety and Health Reporter

Emergency Room Malpractice
The primary rule in any emergency room is the "worst first" rule.  What this means is that life and limb-threatening problems must be ruled out first.  Once the health care provider has done that, then the priority of treatment can be better gauged.  Failing to follow this rule frequently results ...
Retinal Detachment
Retinal detachment is an increasingly common problem among people over 40.  It is quite common that people have what are called "floaters" in their eyes.  Floaters occur when tiny pieces of the vitreous fluid that is in the eyeball break loose from the back of the eye.  When a person ...
Watchful Waiting Prostate Treatment
A prostate treatment that now enhances the possibility of avoiding surgery is being marketed by a company known as Genomic Health. This genetic test  can identify aggressive and also non-aggressive forms of prostate cancer.  This distinction can help men avoid prostate surgery. Typical Prostate Cancer Diagnosis According to a Wall Street Journal article ...
Differential Diagnosis & Medical Malpractice
The term "differential diagnosis" is well-known to physicians but typically is not appreciated by the patient.  A differential diagnosis means that the physician probably has come up with a likely diagnosis as to what the problem is but also has listed other potential causes of the problem based upon symptoms, ...
Heart Disease
Heart disease is an ailment that afflicts millions of Americans. Doctors are well equipped to deal with patients who are at high risk for heart disease.  Unfortunately there are a lot of people who are in that broad middle category of either being neither high risk nor low risk.  Those people ...
Ophthalmology Treatments
Common eye problems that arise in people over 40 are such things as cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma and floaters. Cataracts Cataracts are small clumps of protein that form on the lens making it cloudy.  This can result in a loss of vision.  This vision loss cannot be corrected through glasses or contact ...
Antioxidant Product Liability
Antioxidant product liability is not exactly the rage these days. There is however a good bit of information floating around about the use of antioxidants and how beneficial they are. More antioxidants, however, are not necessarily better. The research in fact has shown that how you consume the antioxidants can make a big ...
Hand Injuries
Hand injuries, whether they come in the form of bruises, breaks or cuts, can frequently be tricky. There are a number of surgeons who hold themselves out as hand surgeons. Many of them are cosmetic surgeons who also do hand surgery.  As a general rule you are probably better served by having an ...
How Communication Failure Leads to Medical Malpractice
A communication failure among health care providers can be devastating to the patient. This is most critical during a hospital stay. In a recent Washington Post article of April 30, 2013 an incident is recounted where a gastroenterologist came in to a patient and reported that the patient had an ...
Misdiagnosis in Medical Malpractice
A research team from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine recently reported on their analysis of data from the National Practitioner Data Bank maintained by the federal government as to the primary cause of medical malpractice claims. What they found was that misdiagnosis was the most common cause. In this ...
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