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Suit filed over death of infant in hospital bed
Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Monica Thompson, who unintentionally smothered her newborn baby in a hospital bed in 2012, has filed a nearly $9 million lawsuit against Portland Adventist Medical Center. Thompson blames the hospital for placing her son in bed with her to breastfeed in the middle of the night while she was heavily medicated following a Caesarean section. […]

Jury awards $46.5 million in medical malpractice case
Friday, March 31st, 2017

An Arkansas jury has awarded a two-year-old plaintiff and her parents $46.5 million in a case against the hospital and doctor that delivered her. At the time the baby was born in June 2014, she had high levels of bilirubin, a yellow compound, and was at risk of extreme jaundice. The defendants misread her test […]

A short guide to avoiding hospital mistakes
Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

About 1.7 million hospital-acquired infections cause or contribute to 99,000 deaths each year. That makes preventable medical mistakes the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Some hospitals are finding innovative ways to reduce the risk of medical errors – see this OPB story about an Oregon hospital – and ultimately, it is […]

Can patients prevent wrong-site surgery?
Friday, June 1st, 2012

A young cancer patient in Portland claims that a doctor operated on the wrong side of her neck, removing healthy lymph nodes and leaving her with a 7-inch scar around her neck. She had to undergo an additional surgery to remove the cancerous lymph nodes, doubly exposing herself to the dangers of surgery and recovery. […]

What is Outsourced Radiology?
Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

If you had an X-ray, CT scan, or MRI in the last few years, there's a good chance it was analyzed outside of the hospital or maybe even outside of the United States. This is the increasingly common practice of "outsourcing radiology" – the practice of having x-rays , CT scans and MRI’s read by an […]

Oregon Senators Try to Strip Rights from Citizens and Protect Insurance Companies
Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

15 Oregon state senators have pledged to derail Senate Bill 1580 by demanding that the landmark legislation include a “cap” or limit on damages in medical malpractice claims – but only for those who can least afford it.   If a privately insured patient is hurt by a negligent or reckless doctor, that person is […]

Prenatal Exposure to Valproate Increases Risk of Autism
Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Valproate is a a chemical compound used as an anticonvulsant in the treatment of epilepsy. A presentation recently delivered at the annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society advised that children born to mothers with epilepsy treated with valproate during pregnancy are at an increased risk for autism. The study included 655,691 children born to […]

What Drugs Cause the Most Emergency Hospitalizations for Senior Adults?
Sunday, December 4th, 2011

An adverse drug event ("ADE") requiring hospitalization typically occurs when a properly administered drug causes an adverse reaction (such as an allergic reaction), or a patient accidentally overdoses on a drug, or takes the wrong drug. According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, there were approximately 100,000 emergency hospitalizations for […]

Patients in California Being Treated for Macular Degeneration Blinded by Eye Injections of Avastin
Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

The media is reporting that five patients being treated at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, for wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) have been blinded following eye injections of contaminated Avastin that had been repackaged into smaller doses.  The news comes following reports of serious eye infections suffered by patients in Florida and […]

Rate of Childbirth Complications Lower With High Volume Providers
Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

A recent study has found that women whose childbirth was attended by ob/gyn providers who handled fewer than seven deliveries a year had a 50% higher rate of complications than those attended by high-volume providers. The four categories of complications studied were: laceration, hemorrhage, infection, and thrombosis. In contrast, the volume of deliveries at a […]