Back pain sufferers in Connecticut sometimes turn to back surgery for relief. The procedures frequently result in incidental durotomy, which describes small tears on the membrane of the spinal cord. These tears sometimes prompt patients to file malpractice claims. A review of three legal databases revealed differences among cases that were decided in favor of the surgeon and those that benefited the patient.
Patient handoffs are frequent occurrences in hospitals in Connecticut and the rest of the nation. They are also occurrences during which medical errors can occur. However, having a standard process that places a focus on effective communication during the handoffs can lower the chances that medical errors will occur.
Connecticut patients who are HIV-positive may be interested to learn about a New Jersey case that involved a physician who disclosed a patient's HIV status to a third party without the patient's consent. The patient claimed that the physician's disclosure violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
Connecticut residents might like to know about the changes taking place in several states concerning medical malpractice laws. While only a few states like Washington, Florida and Illinois have decided against caps on noneconomic medical malpractice damages, other states could follow.
Connecticut residents may be concerned to learn that squamous cell carcinoma is becoming more common in younger people. While this type of skin cancer most frequently affects people over 50, doctors are seeing more and more people in their 20s and 30s present with the disease. This is especially true of women under the age of 40.
Some Connecticut patients may have been prescribed drugs at some time that were available in doses that differed by a factor of 10. The problem with these kinds of dosages is that it can be easy to make errors. For example, in a number of cases, patients who were supposed to get 2 mg of Abilify received 20 mg instead. One child took 68 doses that were 10 times higher than prescribed before the error was discovered and suffered side effects including frequent crying and depression. A patient who was prescribed 10 mg of doxepin was instead given 100 mg and suffered drowsiness and fatigue as a result.
Each year, many Connecticut patients suffer from medical mistakes. Medical errors are prevalent in hospitals and doctors' offices across the U.S. and lead to many deaths. A study has revealed that the problem is even more pervasive than was previously thought.
Connecticut men who have been diagnosed with early-stage prostate cancer may be interested to learn that a long-term study concluded that prostate cancer surgery does not offer any significant benefits for those who have localized tumors. In fact, those who had prostate cancer surgery were more likely to suffer complications without the benefit of living longer than those who did not have the surgery.
Connecticut women who have a family history of ovarian cancer may be concerned that they are likely to get it as well, but heredity is only a factor in 10 percent of cases. There are a number of other significant risk factors that include diabetes, obesity and smoking. Despite a flurry of lawsuits, however, there is not a proven link between ovarian cancer and talcum powder.
It is important for Connecticut health care professionals to be sure that they are treating the correct patient. Problems with patient care such as surgical errors and misdiagnosis can occur if hospital workers do not verify that they have the right patient beyond just one form of identification.