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January 2012 Archives

Dentist jailed after using paper clips in root canal procedure

Most people may dislike the prospect of visiting the dentist to have a root canal performed, but it is a common procedure in dental offices. Dentists attempt to assure Arizona dental patients that the routine surgery is completely safe, but mistakes are made and in some rare cases, dentists are negligent and commit surgical errors. When this happens, the entire reputation of the practice can suffer.

Managing the effects of childhood brain injuries

When a child suffers a traumatic brain injury, it may already be devastating enough for an Arizona parent. Many major brain injuries are the result of a car or truck accident, which can be very upsetting. They may also happen when a child is playing sports or as a result of a person's negligence. Whatever the reason, new research suggests that major damage to a child's brain may have longer-lasting effects than previously thought.

Birth injuries can result from medical malpractice

The birth of a baby can be a wonderful moment for most parents. However, when a birth injury occurs due to medical malpractice, it can quickly turn into an unpleasant and scary experience for both the parents and the child. These birth injuries can occur anywhere, including parts of Arizona and throughout the United States.

Update on Patient Safety

Well the White House ended the year on a high note by focusing on the much more significant factor adding enormous cost to healthcare - patient safety.Here's what the White House had to say recently on its official blog:In April 2011 the Partnership for Patients launched. This is a national partnership that will help save 60,000 lives in the next three years by preventing medical errors. The Partnership for Patients also has the potential to save up to $50 billion in Medicare over the next 10 years. More than 6,500 partners, including over 2,900 hospitals as well as physicians and nurses groups, consumer groups, and employers, have pledged their commitment to the Partnership for Patients.This will help patients across the country, including patient advocate Sorrel King. In 2001, Sorrel's 18-month old daughter Josie accidentally suffered burns requiring a hospital stay. At first, Josie was getting better. However, after a series of unintentional but totally preventable mistakes and complications, Josie died. She became one of 44,000 to 98,000 Americans who die every year from preventable medical errors.
This is great news for all of us concerned about patient safety. I've been fighting for this issue for over twenty years, both in the courtroom and now in Congress, and it's good to see the Obama Administration finally responding to our efforts. For example, I sent the President a letter on this very issue during the health care reform debate. This is progress, and let's keep working together to fight for American patients.

Medication bottling error leads to recall headache

Going to a drug store to pick up a common other-the-counter medicine? You may want to take a closer look at the pills in the package. They may not be what you think. According to a recent drug recall, several medication errors were made in bottles of a number of common pills.

Surgical error during abortion leads to injuries, criminal charges

Whenever a patient seeks medical attention, they have every right to expect that their doctor will provide that attention in a way that meets the general standard of care. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. When a doctor is negligent, for example by committing a surgical error, then the patient is placed in danger of suffering a serious injury or even death.

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