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Failure To Monitor Pain Medication Can Lead To Medical Malpractice

Several times a year there are news stories highlighting a celebrity's addiction to prescription pain medication. Whether it is a sports star, a musician, an actor or another type of high-profile celebrity, these issues serve to highlight a larger problem throughout society. Pain medication abuse and addiction can have a devastating impact on an individual's life - leading to death in severe cases.

Medical professionals from doctors to nurses to pharmacists are relied upon to carefully monitor the prescription and use of pain meds. Medications like Vicodin, Percocet and OxyContin can have a stronger, more addictive impact than many illegal narcotics.

Healthcare Insurance Trap

Walk into a hospital emergency room and you will likely be given a pile of documents which you will only have a brief time (if any time) to review and then sign. The problem is that by signing these documents you may subject yourself to a financial commitment to pay out of pocket for your care even if you carry insurance. This is because physicians may treat you even though they don't accept your insurance. The end result could be a huge bill.

5 Commonly Missed Diagnoses

Medical negligence can take many forms. From surgical errors to prescribing a dangerous combination of medication, patients can suffer serious conditions. Unfortunately, a wide array of medical malpractice cases can be directly traced back to diagnostic errors - either delayed diagnosis or misdiagnosis of a condition.

Medical professionals have a vast array of diagnostic tools available to them to determine an illness, infection, disease or life-altering condition. From blood tests to imaging to neurological examination, a doctor can follow numerous paths to arrive at a diagnosis and develop a course of treatment. However, it is not uncommon for crucial data to be missed or misinterpreted.

Can EMR Software Increase The Likelihood Of Medical Errors?

Since the advent of the personal computer, digital record-keeping has become the norm in nearly every service industry across the nation. The use of Electronic Medical Records (EMR) is now standard operating procedure in hospitals, clinics and urgent care facilities no matter the size of the organization or the complexity of the condition.

But, can the benefits of digital record keeping actually create their own set of dangers?

What Is Polypharmacy?

In a previous blog, we discussed polypharmacy and how it related to the potential for loss of balance and slip-and-fall accidents. In this blog, we'll discuss the dangers of combining medications and the hazards patients face with this growing trend.

Lung Cancer Can Be Cured

In the 1990's two Mt. Sinai physicians started a program for CT screening of long term smokers and discovered that early diagnosis of a malignant lung lesion could lead to definitive treatment and a cure for the patient.

When Is A Fall Considered Medical Negligence?

The injuries resulting from a slip-and-fall accident can be dangerous in any setting. From slipping on a wet spot in your corner grocery store to tripping over a section of broken sidewalk, an individual can tear ligaments and break bones. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for individuals to fall while under the care of a physician or emergency room nurse. If you have fallen in a hospital or healthcare facility, can this be considered medical negligence?

Could sub-standard care have led to the fall? Was a missed diagnosis to blame? Are there certain elements that might point to medical negligence rather than simple carelessness?

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