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Allergic reaction to medication could cause multiple symptoms

Doctors should only prescribe medications for their patients after performing a thorough screening. Part of that screening is asking a patient if he or she is allergic to any specific medicines. This is a critical question because a patient could suffer serious or even fatal symptoms after taking a drug to which he or she is allergic. But allergy-related medication errors do occur and one common type of allergic reaction is called "anaphylaxis."

Study shows medical errors cause over 250,000 deaths annually

Recently, patient safety experts at Johns Hopkins University conducted a study that generated some very concerning results. The safety experts analyzed data regarding medical death rates during an eight-year time frame. The study concluded that every year there are over 250,000 deaths in the United States that can be attributed to medical errors. This number accounts for 9.5 percent of deaths annually in the U.S.

How the Nursing Home Reform Act helps protect the elderly

When it comes time for a loved one to move into a nursing home, you want assurances that he or she will be safe and receive good care. And fortunately, there are laws in place to help ensure that nursing home residents are given the treatment that they need and deserve. Specifically, the Nursing Home Reform Act, passed in 1987, dictates that elder care patients in nursing homes should receive care that allows them to maintain their highest practical level of psychological, physical and mental well-being.

How can chiropractic care increase the risk of stroke?

If you are a sufferer of back or neck pain, you may be willing to try anything to get relief. This is understandable as spinal pain can be physically debilitating and even cause emotional issues. So it is no wonder that, according to the American Chiropractic Association, every year around 20 million Americans visit a chiropractor seeking treatment for back, neck and other assorted problems. Often the treatment these patients receive proves effective, but this is not always the case.

Like doctors, surgical robots can make serious errors

We can see technological advances are everywhere, from the cell phones in our pockets to the cars we drive, and even in the ways we can watch movies and listen to music. But perhaps the most important technological strides can be found in the medical field. After all, what could be more important than our health? And we are better off when we can receive the best treatment possible.

Medication safety starts in the doctor's office

From a very young age, most people have at some point been treated with prescriptions to battle an illness or condition. And typically, if the instructions are followed, most drugs will do as intended to help us feel better. But this high rate of success can easily lead us to forget that medications can have serious or even lethal side effects. For this reason, when using medications, caution must be exercised every step of the way and starts when your doctor prescribes a new medication.

Your baby's first cry is followed by an important test

It is a familiar scene in movies and on TV shows; immediately after a baby is delivered, the doctor holds it by the legs and gives it a firm rap on the butt and crying ensues. However, in reality, crying is actually induced by simply stroking and massaging the baby's skin. But why make the baby cry at all? Isn't just being born harrowing enough? Well, as it turns out, doctors have a very good reason to make a baby cry.

Get the help you need after an OR burn injury

Each year, hundreds of thousands of individuals undergo surgical procedures. While the majority of these cases are successful and go without incident, some of them result in injury. One cause of significant injury in the OR is burns. If you or someone you know received a burn injury during a surgical procedure, it may be in your best interest to speak to an experienced medical malpractice attorney.

When triage fails

Chances are, at some point throughout your life, you have heard the term triage. Whether you suffered a serious injury or a minor fall, with one visit to the emergency room, you have been triaged. The term triage means to assign a degree of urgency to patients based on the severity of their injury or illness. Many times in a hospital setting, a triage nurse will evaluate you and make recommendations to the treating physician as to the severity of your condition. While this process is meant to safely and effectively speed the care given to the seriously injured or ill, it does not always work. When triage fails, it may be time to speak to an attorney.

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