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August 2019 Archives

Five common examples of malpractice

Malpractice is all too common in Pennsylvania and across the U.S. Many doctors and nurses fail to live up to generally accepted standards through miscommunication, carelessness, fatigue and other factors. Below are just five of the most widespread forms of medical malpractice.

Birth Injuries

During labor and delivery, and even in the immediate period after delivery, a baby can receive life threatening or life changing injuries. There can be infections or metabolic, chemical or blood related disorders that go undiagnosed. There can be paralysis from a baby's shoulder being stuck in the birth canal and improper excessive force used to free the shoulder.

Minimizing radiology errors in six steps

Many residents of Pennsylvania are the victims of medical errors. In fact, these are behind 10% of all deaths in the US, according to Johns Hopkins University. Radiology plays a big role in such errors. False-positive readings can account for as much as 30% of all diagnoses resulting from CT scans and MRIs.

Incomplete data may make roads less safe

According to the National Safety Council, authorities in Pennsylvania and throughout the country may not be collecting enough crash data. The council found that not a single state has any system to record driver fatigue after a crash occurs. It also discovered that not all states keep track of whether a driver was texting or using a hands-free device when a wreck happens.

New sepsis protocols could lead to medical complications

New guidelines that set a one-hour treatment window for sepsis patients in Pittsburgh and around the world could cause adverse outcomes, according to a recent editorial published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. The authors of the editorial recommend reverting to previous sepsis guidelines, which called for less restrictive treatment times.

Two reports show how misdiagnosis factors in malpractice claims

Two reports, one which appeared in the journal Diagnosis and the other released from the malpractice insurer Coverys, show how prominent diagnostic errors are among malpractice claims. The first study looked at nearly 11,600 diagnosis-related malpractice claims filed between 2006 and 2015. These led to nearly 21% of the malpractice claims that were filed in Pennsylvania and elsewhere around the country during that period.

Truck accidents and their top eight causes

With more than 3.5 million truckers in Pennsylvania and across the U.S., it's not surprising that some accidents involve large trucks. There are a number of ways in which truckers can cause accidents that other drivers should be aware of. Below are eight of the most frequently reported causes.

Common causes of vehicle accidents

Pennsylvania motorists should know that one of the most common reasons for traffic crashes in the United States is distracted driving. Common distractions include eating food, using a cellphone or drinking from a bottle while behind the wheel. It is important to keep in mind that only a few seconds of distracted driving are needed to cause an accident on the road.

Safety tips to avoid accidents as commercial truck driver

As you are moving down the road on your 11th to 14th consecutive hour of driving, your eyes may get a little heavy and your reaction time may be a little slower. These six safety tips below are a smart guide for both new and experienced commercial drivers to consult before your next turn around.

Birth injury: The causes and how you can improve your odds

It’s a stressful feeling knowing you can’t do much to help your child. This is the feeling associated with a birth-related injury. The costs associated with birth injuries are scary enough. The total costs associated with hearing loss near $400,000 and vision damage can creep to $500,000 in total costs over a lifetime. For a less-severe physical birth injury like a broken bone, the cost can be several thousand dollars.

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