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Hospital Negligence Archives

Hospital's failure to diagnose Ebola may have far-reaching effect

Medical malpractice and hospital negligence cases can be tragic even when one only victim and his or her loved ones are affected by the error. Rarely does a case of possible medical malpractice that happens in South Carolina or another state have the potential to affect the entire country or even beyond the U.S. borders. But this potential unfortunately now does exist due to an error made in a U.S. hospital.

VA reverses stance on delayed assistance in veteran deaths

After months of vehement denials, Veterans' Administration officials are now admitting that long waits at VA facilities did contribute to deaths of veterans. While the Acting Inspector General would not say that the delayed assistance caused the deaths, he did admit that it contributed to the fatal consequences.

Small VA hospitals raise concern over hospital staff negligence

For the last several months, the health care scandal surrounding Veterans’ Administration hospitals has captured news headlines. Everything from delayed care to misreported statistics, to deaths has been reported as shortcomings of an overburdened system. But another aspect of the crisis has apparently been underreported.

How can hospital negligence contribute to medical malpractice?

In South Carolina as well as elsewhere in the United States, if a hospital patient is injured as a result of a negligent action or failure to act on the part of a doctor then a claim for medical malpractice may ensue.

South Carolina VA doctors feared reprisals for speaking out

Recent news reports indicate that the Veterans Administration waged a campaign of retaliation against employees who sought to expose allegations of medical malpractice in VA hospitals. Some of the “whistleblowers” who fought back anonymously against the intimidation include VA doctors in South Carolina.

Eating disorder misdiagnosis puts many in danger

Although most people in South Carolina and across the country have heard of anorexia and bulimia, there’s a whole other category of eating disorders known as “Eating disorder not otherwise specified.” This catch-all phrase lumps together numerous patients with unhealthy eating behavior, but because it is so broad and the symptoms do not fit into typical categories like more mainstream disorders, patients are often left undiagnosed. Failure to diagnose is just one example of hospital negligence.

Woman freezes to death in morgue freezer

An incident involving a woman who died by hypothermia and asphyxiation after she was put in a body bag by hospital personnel may be of some interest to people who live in South Carolina. The 80-year-old woman from California was originally believed to have died from a heart attack back in July 2010. The hospital declared her to be dead, and she was put in the hospital's morgue, according to the report.

New practices could improve patient care, reduce medical errors

Some hospitals are adopting practices for handing off patients when doctors and nurses change shifts that could reduce misunderstandings. Sometimes when shift changes occur, important information is not communicated to the new staff or is misunderstood, thereby increasing the possibility of poor patient care in South Carolina and nationwide. By taking a moment to personally hand off patients to the people coming on shift, medical professionals might be able to decrease errors that lead to medical malpractice litigation.

Nurse education may affect quality of care

Readers from South Carolina may be concerned to learn of a recent study that may indicate marked inequalities in the quality of medical care around the nation. According to researchers, inpatient mortality rates can potentially differ by as much as 30 percent depending on factors as seemingly basic as the number of nurses assigned to each patient and the proportion of nurses with bachelor's degrees. Statistics like this could mean that the chances of falling victim to a form of medical malpractice could increase depending on factors that are wholly outside the patient's control.

Boxer's family files $100 million lawsuit

Boxing fans in South Carolina might know the story of boxer Magomed Abdusalamov. He had just completed a bout at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 2, 2013. When he was seen by doctors after the fight, he was diagnosed with a broken nose and had a cut over his eye treated. A trainer noticed that there was blood in his post-fight urine sample. The man who noticed the blood understood that it could mean internal bleeding and recommended that the man go to the hospital.

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