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Do doctors purposely misdiagnose patients as brain dead?

In 2015, a California father won a lawsuit against doctors who refused to treat his comatose daughter for a life-threatening infection. The doctors claimed it was unethical to treat the woman because she was brain dead, but the father insisted they purposely misclassified her to justify their lack of proper medical care. Further, the father's lawyer claimed that doctors all across the U.S., including in New York, frequently misdiagnosis comatose patients as brain dead in order to cease treatment on "lost causes."

The prevalence of medical errors

According to data from researchers at Johns Hopkins, medical errors may be the third-leading cause of death in the United States behind heart disease and cancer. However, it is difficult to determine the exact number of deaths attributable to medical errors because of a lack of official data. When a patient dies in New York or elsewhere in the country, the cause of death must usually correlate with an insurance billing code.

Former NFL team doctor accused of negligence

New York football fans were likely saddened by the suicide of retired San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau in 2012. Now the California state medical board has filed a gross negligence charge against the team's former doctor over the care Seau received prior to his death.

Finding out about the history of doctors

When New Yorkers are going to see doctors about a medical condition, they may want to find out about those practitioners and their ability to treat patients. However, there is a lot of information about doctors that is not available to most people. Consumer Reports researched the issue and discovered that even if a doctor has a history of misconduct or has been sued for malpractice, potential patients may have no way of finding out about it.

Prostate cancer treatment may increase Alzheimer's risk

According to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, androgen deprivation therapy, or ADT, increases the risk of developing Alzheimer's disease in prostate cancer patients. The therapy is one of the top methods used to treat prostate cancer in New York and across the United States.

Common doctor errors in New York

Despite advances in modern medicine, including sophisticated diagnostic machines and instruments, doctors in New York and around the country still make errors because they are human. Unfortunately, when a mistake is made, a patient may suffer significant harm or even die as a result.

Man ridiculed by anesthesiologist during procedure wins lawsuit

Patients in New York and across the nation place their trust in an anesthesiologist when they are undergoing a medical procedure. Part of that trust implies that they will be treated with dignity and respect. One patient who was receiving a colonoscopy was not accorded that professionalism as the anesthesiologist was recorded on the man's cellphone having ridiculed him during the procedure.

Using technology to combat culture of silence in hospitals

Each year, many New York patients are seriously injured due to medical negligence by doctors and other medical staff. In most cases, these injuries would have easily been prevented if other staff who noticed a doctor's consistent errors reported it or confronted the doctor directly. Unfortunately, there is a documented culture of silence that often exists in hospital settings, leading many to refrain from reporting and increasing the risk to patients as a result.

Measles and misdiagnosis

As residents of New York might know, cases of measles have reached numbers that have not been seen in the past two decades, and infection may occur in unvaccinated individuals. Measles is a contagious infection that causes fever, rash, cough and pink eye. In some cases, measles may lead to the death of the individual who contracts it. According to an infectious disease specialist in Philadelphia, members of the health community might benefit from becoming more familiar with the disease.

Medication mix-up caused patient's death, hospital confirms

New York residents might take interest in a case out of Oregon where a hospital reportedly admitted to causing the death of a 65-year-old woman through a medication mix-up. The medical error happened at a health care facility in Bend, where the patient died on Dec. 3, according to authorities.

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