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The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) Issue A Practice Alert On Preventing Urinary Catheter Infections.
01/28/12

The AACN issued a new Practice Alert to stress the importance of catheter assessments to help identify early signs of catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI). This alert is the latest in a collection of evidence based guideline ...

Is A Subarachnoid Brain Hemorrhage Or Bleeding Into The Brain Something You Should Worry About If You Are Pregnant?
01/28/12

According to a study in the February issue of Anesthesiology, 1 in every 15,000 pregnant women will develop a subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH) during the pregnancy. A subarachnoid hemorrhage is when there is bleeding in between the brain and the th ...

Coumadin Can Prevent Blood Clots but It Can Also Cause Bleeding, Hemorrhage, Death, Birth Defects or a Still Born. Is Your Doctor Aware of the Hidden Dangers?
01/26/12

Coumadin or Warfarin is a blood thinner that can help stop a blood clot from forming and prevent a heart attack, stroke or blood clot in an artery, vein or lung. Coumadin can be a life-saving medication as long as your doctor is aware of how dangerou ...

Beasley Law Firm Attorney, Dion Rassias, Awarded a Large Settlement After a Nurse Made a Medication Error in an Emergency Room.
01/26/12

Dion Rassias was awarded a large settlement on behalf of a young woman who was evaluated in an emergency room (ER) after having a seizure. While in the emergency department, a physician wrote a medication order for the powerful anti-seizure medi ...

After Trial Jury Selection was Completed, Marsha Santangelo, M.D., JD, Receives a Substantial Settlement Award.
01/25/12

Dr. Santangelo’s client developed a pneumothorax during a relatively minor surgical procedure that went untreated until it was too late. A pneumothorax or collapsed lung is when there is a hole in the lung and it allows air in the pleural cavity or ...

Emergency Room Visits for Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI’s) Are On the Rise. Why?
01/25/12

The one thing I always said to my kids while growing up and playing sports is, “just protect your head. We can fix everything else, but the brain can not be casted or fixed.” To date, my girls had broken bones, been casted, and underwent closed r ...

Infections That Cause Sepsis or Septic Shock Are On The Rise
01/23/12

Sepsis, septicemia or blood poisoning is a severe illness in which the blood becomes overwhelmed with bacteria or an infection. It can lead to inflammation in the entire body causing a systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS). Patients, who mos ...

Is Your Bowel Obstruction Due to Medical Malpractice?
01/22/12

Bowel obstructions occur when either your small or large intestine becomes partially or completely blocked. The blockage prevents food, fluids, gas and stool from moving through the intestines. If the blockage is not diagnosed or treated right away, ...

Surgery Should Help You, Not Cause Blindness, Disfigurement, Burns, Nerve Damage or Death.
01/21/12

The National Quality Forum lists surgical errors as “Never Events”. That means that errors during surgery should not happen. If surgical errors are a never event, why are they still happening at such a high rate? Many times, we hear about a patie ...

A Group B Strep Infection in a Newborn Baby is Preventable and Should Not Cause Injury to a Baby’s Brain.
01/21/12

Group B Streptococcus, also known as GBS, Group B strep, beta strep, or baby strep, is a bacterium that can be in a mother’s vagina or rectum and during delivery it can be passed along to the baby, causing an infection in the newborn. Each yea ...

A Failure to Diagnose, Watch or Treat an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Can Be a Deadly Mistake.
01/20/12

The aorta is the major blood vessel that supplies blood and oxygen to the rest of the body. The aorta, which is about as thick as a garden hose, runs from your heart down the center of your body through your chest and abdomen. Because the aorta is th ...

A High Bilirubin Level or Kernicterus in a Newborn Can Cause Permanent Brain Damage and Cerebral Palsy.
01/20/12

Kernicterus is a severe form of brain damage that is caused by a high bilirubin level or excessive jaundice in a newborn infant. Kernicterus involves a certain part of the brain’s basal ganglia called the globus pallidus. It can also cause lesions ...

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