Is Bowel Perforation During Surgery Always Medical Negligence?

Bowel perforation, also known as intestinal perforation, is a hole in the wall of the intestine. It can occur anywhere in the small intestine or large intestine. Bowel perforation is a medical emergency and requires immediate treatment. A bowel perforation, or a nicked bowel, occurs when a hole is made in the bowel or anywhere…

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What You Should Know About Post-Surgical Nerve Damage

Your nerves play a vital part in the function of your body. They are in charge of sending messages and signals that allow you to move and feel certain body parts. Nerves are also responsible for helping the human body digest food, maintain a healthy heart rate, respond to stress, stay balanced, continue to breathe,…

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A Decades-Long Delay in the Healthcare Safety Movement

In healthcare, an adverse event is an undesirable outcome in a medical procedure or treatment that is not caused by the initial injury or illness itself. A patient who suffers an allergic reaction to a medication has suffered from an adverse event. So has the patient whose hip replacement has deteriorated, and is now suffering…

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The Hidden Costs of Healthcare

There is no doubt that there are hidden costs of healthcare. We don’t mean the premiums or seeking care outside of your network, or even Emergency Room bills. It may sound cynical, but most people are fully cognizant of the shortfalls in their coverage, and expect to receive “surprise” bills associated with their care. For…

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It’s Time to Tackle Never Events

According to a recently published analysis, approximately 25% of hospitals fall short of the Leapfrog Group’s standards when it comes to addressing and responding to patient harm events, often referred to as never events. The report revealed that 74.5% of 2,000+ hospitals that provided feedback on the 2018 Hospital Survey issued by Leapfrog adhered to…

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The Deadly Threat of Superbugs in Hospitals and Beyond

When you visit or are admitted to a hospital as a patient, you are entering the confines of a complex health care system in which many communicable diseases and opportunities to acquire those diseases are present. The term used for this occurrence is Hospital Acquired Infection. Of particular concern today are certain strains of bacteria…

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Washington, DC Area Hospitals Are Failing to Prevent Infections

It is no secret that the hospitals in D.C. need some work. According to Hospital Safety Grade, an initiative launched by the nonprofit Leapfrog Group, out of the six hospitals located in Washington, D.C. proper, half have earned a “D” rating. The hospitals were evaluated in the following categories: Infections Problems with surgery Practice to…

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