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Failure to diagnose conditions can be devastating

With how technology in the medical field has improved over the years, conditions that were once thought to be fatal and some that were thought to lead to misery can now be treated. The key to treating some of those conditions is early diagnosis so the treatment can start before the condition spreads or worsens. Our Kentucky neighbors can probably imagine how awful it would be to have a condition that isn't diagnosed quickly.

The sad reality is that conditions like cancer, appendicitis, heart attacks, and strokes can be fatal if they aren't treated right away. Even if treatment is only delayed slightly, the results can be devastating. As you can imagine, the results of not getting treatment at all can be even worse.

Can hand washing prevent patient harm in hospitals?

Many people think of hospitals as sanitary places. The truth is that many surfaces in hospitals are laden with nasty germs that can cause infections and other issues. As sick people sneeze, cough and breathe, those germs float around and land on surfaces. Even in the cleanest hospitals, there is a chance of getting sick from those germs. One of the best ways that people can stop the spread of these germs in hospitals is by washing their hands.

Who should wash their hands?

Does inadequate nurse staffing lead to patient harm?

It is no secret that people who go into the hospital for care rely heavily on nurses to ensure they receive proper care and are comfortable throughout their stay in the hospital. In order for the patients to remain safe and receive proper care, the nursing staff has to be properly scheduled and the ratio of nurses to patients has to be adequate. Our Kentucky readers might be interested to learn how improper staffing can lead to patients having problems in the hospital.

What factors determine what is considered an adequate nursing staff level?

Failure to diagnose cancer can mean trouble during morcellation

When people learn they will have to have surgery, their thoughts likely turn to how the surgery will be performed. When those people hear that they might have minimally invasive surgery instead of invasive surgery, they will likely be happy. Minimally invasive surgery usually means an easier and a shorter recovery time. Recently, the use of power morcellation as a way to complete hysterectomies or myomectomies has come under scrutiny. Our readers in Kentucky might find this interesting.

What is power morcellation?

Nursing homes in Kentucky aren't like those of past generations

When you think of nursing homes, there might be some very specific thoughts that come to mind. The truth is that some of those thoughts might be misconceptions. The world of nursing homes has changed considerably in the recent years, so if you haven't had any exposure to them recently, you might not realize some of these points.

Nursing homes aren't all the same, and many don't expect the residents to all be the same. Gone are the days when nursing homes were run like boot camps for senior citizens. Now, senior citizens can choose from various activities. They can enjoy comforts that are similar to being home.

Lack of cleanliness in nursing homes can be life threatening

Having to place your loved one in a nursing home is a difficult decision. While many people might look into how the residents are cared for, it is equally as important to scrutinize the food preparation methods used by nursing homes. Even if your loved one is going into an assisted living facility, it is important to ensure that proper methods are used for communal meals.

The fact of the matter is that senior citizens usually have weakened immune systems. That means that foodborne illnesses that wouldn't do much damage to other members of the population who have stronger immune systems can wreck havoc on a senior citizen. Death caused by infectious diarrheal disease is five times more likely in people over 74 years of age than in the age group ranked in second place. That shows just how serious simple foodborne illnesses can be for a senior citizen.

Medical negligence on cruise ships deserves firm representation

Last week, we discussed how the protections of medical professionals practicing on cruise ships might be changing. If you remember, those professionals were considered immune from lawsuits in the past, but a recent ruling says they can be held liable for medical malpractice lawsuits. Those who go on a cruise while vacationing away from Kentucky might wonder if this will apply to them.

The fact of the matter is that nobody seeks help from a medical professional with an expectation of being harmed. When you are on a cruise, you don't usually have a say in who will provide medical care for you. This means that you will get whatever care is available. If you were harmed by medical professionals while on a cruise, you might wonder if you have a medical malpractice case.

Changes coming for medical negligence in the cruise industry

Many people choose to take a cruise as a way to relax and unwind. Those people likely don't get on the cruise ship thinking that they want to get sick while they are underway. Still, cruise ships have medical facilities that can treat a host of ailments. From simple sea sickness to heart attacks, these medical facilities on board are the only option a passenger has while he or she is aboard a ship that is underway.

Historically, passengers had to just take it as it comes with health care aboard ships. When doctors were treating these passengers, either in port or while underway, the passenger generally couldn't hold the cruise ship's medical staff liable for damages. That is, if a passenger was a victim of medical malpractice on a cruise ship, he or she had little to no recourse.

Is uterine rupture a serious birth injury?

For women who go into labor, dreams of a perfect delivery with no complications are likely at the front of their minds. While most deliveries do go as planned, there are some very important dangers that pregnant women should be aware of. One of these risks is that of a uterine rupture. Our Kentucky readers might like to know more about this life-threatening risk.

What is a uterine rupture?

What happens when a birth injury leads to a mother's death?

When a woman gets pregnant, she likely spends a lot of time envisioning the birth of her child. She likely has an idea of how she wants the labor and delivery to go. She probably hasn't ever considered that some women die during labor or delivery. Sadly, that is what happens in some cases. The baby's father and other family members are then left to pick up the pieces and raise a baby without the mother around. For those families, compensation for the mother's death might bring them some comfort even though it won't fill the void of a child growing up motherless.

A family who opts to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against medical professionals when a mother dies while giving birth or shortly after will have to show that medical negligence, misconduct or recklessness led to the death. Scrutinizing medical records, including those from the labor and delivery, is usually necessary to prove this point.