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February 2013

Medical Malpractice and Blood Transfusions

By | February 5th, 2013|Medical Malpractice|

Medical malpractice cases occasionally arise out of decisionmaking about blood transfusions.  Blood transfusions involve the administration of whole blood or blood products through an intravenous line (IV) to replace blood lost at surgery or due to hemorrhage following traumatic injury.  The procedure is surprisingly common; nearly 5 million patients require blood tranfusions each year in the [...]

November 2012

Delay in Diagnosis of Cervical Cancer

By | November 14th, 2012|Cancer, Medical Malpractice|

Over 12,000 new cases of cervical cancer occur in the U.S. each year.  About 4,000 women die annually from the disease.  In an effort to improve timely diagnosis of the disease, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) published updated guidelines on cervical cancer screening.  These guidelines parallel recommendations by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force and the American [...]

October 2012

World Stroke Day is Today

By | October 29th, 2012|Brain Injury|

The American Heart Association announced that Monday, October 29th is World Stroke Day, "a day dedicated to educating communities around the world about the risks, signs and symptoms of stroke." Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.  Stroke is also a leading cause of long-term disability and a major contributor to healthcare [...]

A Fast and Reliable Way to Rule Out Pulmonary Embolism

By | October 18th, 2012|Pulmonary Embolism|

Pulmonary embolism is a leading cause of death and hospitalization in the U.S.  There are a number of risk factors for the condition, which occurs when blood clots in the legs (called deep vein thrombosis or DVTs) break free, travel to the lungs and interfere with breathing.  If the clot burden is significant enough, patients can [...]

Strokes in Younger Patients Increase Risk of Delayed Diagnosis

By | October 16th, 2012|Brain Injury|

A recent study in Neurology shows that stroke rates are increasing among younger patients.  This is concerning, not just a trend in public health, but also in terms of a risk for substandard medical care and medical malpractice claims.  When diseases and medical conditions that are typically seen in older patients begin affecting younger patients, [...]

September 2012

Hospital Infections: Measuring The Effects of Delayed Treatment

By | September 26th, 2012|Hospital Infection, Hospital Negligence|

Delayed diagnosis of hospital infections can lead to a progression of disease and an adverse outcome.  Left untreated, infections can progress from a local problem to sepsis, a systemic response to the infection.  With further progression, sepsis can turn to shock, organ failure and, ultimately, death.  Likewise, a delay in treatment can make it necessary to [...]

August 2012

C. Diff Becoming An Increasingly Deadly Hospital Infection

By | August 28th, 2012|Hospital Infection, Hospital Negligence|

Hospital infections remain one of the dark secrets of American hospitals.  Rather than becoming rarer, hospital infections seem to be more common.  The bacteria Clostridium difficile, also called C. diff., has added to this developing danger in the last several years.  USA Today reported that about 350,000 C. diff infections resulted in about 30,000 deaths nationwide in 2010.  C [...]

July 2012

One Cause of Hospital Infections: Nursing Understaffing

By | July 31st, 2012|Hospital Infection, Hospital Negligence|

One of the primary functions of a hospital is to provide adequate nursing staffing to monitor and treat patients.  Both for-profit and not-for-profit hospitals have long attempted to cut costs by understaffing and, thereby overworking, their nursing staff.  This cost-cutting (and corner-cutting) practice often has dire consequences for patients.  A recent study points out one less-than-obvious consequence [...]

April 2012

Medical Malpractice and Aortic Abdominal Aneurysm (AAA) Repair

By | April 18th, 2012|Medical Malpractice|

Two common types of Ohio medical malpractice claims arise out of delays in treating aortic abdominal aneurysms (AAAs): failure to perform a AAA repair in the face of a growing aneurysm and failure to emergently diagnose and treat a symptomatic AAA.  AAAs are part of a broader category of thoracic aortic disease (TAD), which also includes [...]

March 2012

Prevention of Pulmonary Embolism

By | March 26th, 2012|Pulmonary Embolism|

At Mishkind Kulwicki Law, we frequently review, investigate and handle cases involving a failure to diagnose, prevent and/or treat pulmonary embolism. Blood clots can form in a variety of areas of the body and frequently occur after a surgical procedure or when a patient is on bed rest and not walking for an extended period [...]

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