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March 2012 Archives

Doctor's error in judgment causes woman to be quadriplegic

When you go to your doctor, you expect that their medical knowledge will help you with whatever is ailing you, but for one woman who went in to see her doctor for migraines, she ended up undergoing an unnecessary medical procedure, causing her to be paralyzed.

Infectious bacteria showing up at most healthcare facilities

When we go to a doctor's appointment, we expect that the doctor will wash their hands and that the facility is sanitized, but that's not always the case. Hospitals are notorious for carrying bacteria that can be harmful to patients, but a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that 94 percent of Clostridium difficile infections were associated with receiving healthcare in a doctor's office, clinic, or nursing home.

Medication error causes man to become seriously ill

When you've been hospitalized for an illness, it's hard to keep track of everything that is going on in regards to your care. And, when you do understand how everything is working and the medications you are taking, you are being discharged. For an 81-year-old man, after his hospitalization, he became seriously ill after his doctor instructed him to continue all of his pre-op medications following his surgery. What they later found out is that the doctor hadn't meant for him to take all of the medications, and the man ended up back in the emergency room because of a medication error.

Medication error occurs at CVS pharmacy

If a doctor or nurse makes an error we are shocked because we hold the utmost trust in them. But when a pharmacist makes a medication error that could potentially harm our children, most parents would be very concerned because they are the last line of defense in the prevention of errors. While we all understand that mistakes happen, many of us feel that there should be safeguards in place to prevent this type of error.

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