Medical Malpractice Archives

Immunotherapy and niche biotech companies battle rare cancers

People in Kentucky with rare forms of cancer often face limited options for treatment. The rarity of their diseases limits the number of patients that scientists can study. The low numbers of patients mean that fewer researchers focus on their diseases, and little data is collected about their tumors. Advances in immunotherapy drugs and small biotechnology companies that choose to specialize in rare diseases have begun to create hope for patients afflicted with rare cancers.

Rheumatologists to look out for vasculitis mimics

Rheumatologists in Kentucky and across the U.S. often meet patients with what seems like vasculitis: that is, an inflammation of the blood vessels. However, there are many conditions that mimic vasculitis, so a high degree of suspicion is necessary. This was the statement of one of the presenters at the 2019 Rheumatology Nurses Society Conference.

Sepsis care bundle might lead to overtreatment, say researchers

An editorial published by Annals of Emergency Medicine advances an argument that a care bundle developed by the Surviving Sepsis Campaign may actually increase the risk of inappropriate treatment or misdiagnosis in Kentucky and across the country. The care bundle is supposed to help medical professionals quickly treat and identify sepsis in emergency departments. It is based on guidelines from 2016 and includes a recommendation that certain treatments begin within one hour of identifying sepsis in a patient.

Surgeons behaving badly raises risk of complications for patients

The way that a surgeon interacts with co-workers could influence outcomes for patients in Kentucky and around the country. A study published in JAMA Surgery looked at 202 surgeons who had reports of negative behavior filed against them by co-workers. The researchers then compared this data to patient outcomes and discovered a link between unprofessional behavior and an increased risk of post-surgical complications.

How time outs affect the chances of wrong-site surgery

Wrong-site surgeries are all too frequent in Kentucky and the rest of the U.S. In fact, some reports say there are 20 to 40 wrong-site surgeries every week in this country. Orthopedic, dental and spinal surgeries are often wrong-site surgeries. WSS most often occurs with the laterality surgery, where an organ or extremity on the left or right side is operated on.

Electronic health records systems may be harmful to children

Persons in Kentucky as well as in other parts of the country may not realize the potential harm that electronic health records (EHR) may be exposing to children and infants. A study conducted by Pew Charitable Trusts in two separate children's hospitals identified system lapses that could contribute to errors in prescribing drugs as well as the administration of patient care.

An overview of robotic surgical procedures

Patients in Kentucky and throughout the country may see better outcomes if they opt for a robotic surgery. However, this type of surgery is often more technically challenging than an open surgery. Therefore, it is important that it be performed by a surgeon who has experience doing so. Ideally, it will also be done by someone who performs an adequate volume of a given procedure. This is because experienced surgeons are less likely to make a mistake.

How non-technical skills reduce chance of surgical errors

Experts say that 45 percent of adverse medical events involve surgical patients. Of those events, 35 to 66 take place in the operating room. Kentucky residents should know that complications during surgery do necessarily develop because of any lack of technical skills on the part of the doctor. Rather, they can develop because surgeons fail to react to a situation in an appropriate way.

Work-related stress leads to more surgical errors

It's no secret that stress can make workers inattentive and careless. For doctors in particular, however, even something as small as a negative thought or a loud noise can be dangerous. Residents of Kentucky should know that researchers at the Data Science Institute at Columbia University recently discovered this and much more.

Kentucky Supreme Court ends medical review panels for malpractice

In a unanimous decision, the Kentucky Supreme Court has ruled against medical review panels for malpractice claims. The state government had imposed the requirement that malpractice claims undergo review by medical panels before advancing to court in 2017. The medical review panel legislation had been put forward by a state senator who was also a physician.

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