A bloodstream infection (BSI) is an infection where bacteria have entered your bloodstream and cause signs of infection throughout your body, including fevers, chills, and low blood pressure. Also called “blood poisoning,” BSIs can occur naturally, but most BSIs are secondary infections – meaning an infection in one part of your body spread into your bloodstream. Bloodstream infections can be very dangerous, and if not correctly treated, can lead to severe injury or death.
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According to a recent study, slightly more than one out of three medical malpractices cases resulting in permanent disability or death are linked to inaccurate or delayed diagnosis
, as reported by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Approximately 75% of these cases can be traced to diagnostic errors in only three medical conditions – cancer, vascular events, and infections.
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is one of the most complex, demanding, and exhaustive forms of litigation that both victims and attorneys can be involved in. Medical professionals, though they must go through years of training, make terrible errors that can cost patients their health and well-being. These cases are rarely straightforward, and there are many factors involved in holding the negligent parties responsible. Read the rest »
In an effort to contain an outbreak of Aspergillus
mold, officials at the Seattle Children’s Hospital have closed all 14 main operating rooms at the facility. While Aspergillus
is considered to be a common form of mold and is ingested almost daily by most people, patients with weakened immune systems are much more at risk for developing infections
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Vicky Cornell, the widow of Chris Cornell, has filed a medical malpractice suit
against the late singer’s doctor, in which she claims that the doctor “negligently and repeatedly” prescribed dangerous “mind-altering substances,” which led to Mr. Cornell’s untimely death. Read the rest »
Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional or medical facility injures a patient through negligence—outside of the “accepted” standard of care. When you’re a patient, checked into a hospital, every person working at or for the hospital owes you a professional duty. Medical malpractice does not have to be the result of a harmful act, such as operating on the wrong body part; it can also be the result of failure to diagnose or treat a condition, or a failure to do so in a timely manner. Read the rest »
If you’ve ever gone to a hospital, you’ve had faith in those medical professionals’ skill and commitment to “do no harm.” But there are occasions when doctors, nurses, and healthcare facilities fall short of what is expected of them. Some mistakes are understandable, but others aren’t, and the worst of these are never events
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Hospitals exist to treat sick people, but sometimes they make
people sick. Your chances of picking up an infection in a hospital, when you’re surrounded by infected people, are high.
Sepsis is one of those infections. Read the rest »
In 2004, Mary L. McClinton, a social worker and mother of four sons as well as foster parent to eight children, died almost three weeks after undergoing what should have been a routine medical procedure at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle. The error that led to her death? Read the rest »
It’s a running joke that doctors have the most atrocious penmanship around. But it’s no laughing matter when illegible handwriting ends up injuring or even killing a patient. Read the rest »