The Patient Advocate

Lawsuits Filed In Cases of Death in Mold Outbreak at UPMC Hospitals

A deadly mold outbreak at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospital campuses Montefiore, Presbyterian and Shadyside in Western Pennsylvania has been linked to contaminated bed linens from Paris Healthcare Linen Services. The contaminated sheets and linens were distributed by Paris Linen’s DuBois facility in Clearfield County; the same location which provides linens to all UPMC hospital campuses. The attorneys of Meyers Evans Lupetin & Unatin are currently (as of October 31, 2017) representing four families in cases against the UPMC hospital system and Paris Companies in which multiple transplant patients have died as a result of a fungal infection.

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Misplaced NG Tubes Pose Serious Threat to Patient Wellbeing

Misplaced nasogastric (NG tube) and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tubes can result in Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawsuits because of the serious injuries and even death that result to patients. The lawyers of Meyers Evans Lupetin & Unatin are well versed in handling such cases and feel it is important to discuss this ongoing threat to patient safety.

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Docusate Recall – Children’s Laxative Contaminated WIth Burkholderia Cepacia

This law firm is warning parents about the recall of Docusate, a laxative used to treat constipation in children and infants. The FDA has confirmed the product has been contaminated with Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia), a bacteria linked to an ongoing outbreak. To date, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed 58 cases of B. Cepacia, from 8 states, including Pennsylvania, linked to Docusate products.

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Prevention of Pulmonary Embolism

Pulmonary embolism can be prevented by assessing a patient’s risk for developing DVT. Since major surgery is a risk factor, patients already at high risk for DVT undergo preventative measures before the surgery. Our attorneys have experience in cases in which pulmonary embolism was either poorly managed or even preventable.

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Failure to Prevent, Diagnose, or Treat Pulmonary Embolism

Pulmonary Embolism is an emergency that kills 100,000 Americans and endangers 900,000 more annually. It is critically important that doctors assess all hospitalized patients for their risk of developing pulmonary embolism and take preventative measures. Prevention, prompt diagnosis and proper treatment of this potentially deadly condition are the keys to saving lives. Failure to diagnose, prevent and/or treat pulmonary embolism may constitute medical malpractice.

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Electronic Medical Records Can Provide Early Warning of Sepsis for Those at Highest Risk

The use of electronic medical records raises innumerable issues concerning access, privacy, and misuse. However, with the advancement of technology in medicine comes the ability to improve electronic medical record systems to make them more advantageous and valuable to physicians and patients. Systems such as this have the potential to serve as an “effective early warning tool” that can save lives that would otherwise be lost to sepsis.

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Failure to Diagnose

Our attorneys are dedicated to finding answers in situations where failure to diagnose an illness or injury resulted in catastrophic injury. If you have questions about a matter of this nature we encourage you to contact our office for an evaluation.

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