Monthly Archives: December 2010

Tell your surgical providers about your medical conditions

A Court ruling says patient should have revealed her medical conditions. The surgical team was held not liable for her death of a stroke after a hip replacement. A 71-year-old woman who died after suffering a post-operative stroke neglected to … Continue reading

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Cautions regarding alternative medical treatment

Parents need to use good judgment when considering the use of alternative medicine and health treatments for their children. Denying the child the benefits of proven conventional medicine may be harmful. Treating children with alternative medicines can be dangerous and … Continue reading

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Trouble in Texas: Tort Reform and Loss of Rights

The leg pain Connie Spears felt was excruciating and familiar. She’d had blood clots before, and doctors had installed a filter in one of her heart’s main veins. At a Christus Santa Rosa hospital in San Antonio, where Mrs. Spears … Continue reading

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Watching out for your own needs in the ER

While in Naples, Florida, my husband, Raj developed a raging cold, sore throat and dripping nose and was concerned he had strep throat when he started to run a fever. Not sure if we should go to walk in clinic, … Continue reading

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When a patient’s condition deteriorates

Failure to rescue is a term that describes the outcome when a patient’s condition deteriorates before the changes are recognized and acted upon. Failure to rescue is a nursing-sensitive performance measure on the list of 15 identified by the National … Continue reading

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