The Patient Advocate

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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Failure to Monitor

People expect that if something unexpected occurs, the best place to be is in the hospital. Regrettably, hospitals fail to implement policies and procedures to assure patients at risk are carefully monitored and alerts heeded in a timely manner. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling cases in which failure to properly monitor a patient has resulted in catastrophic injury or death.

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Delayed Diagnosis of Compartment Syndrome

Thousands of people every day suffer injury to part of their leg or forearm.  Broken bones, burns, and penetrating trauma are daily occurrences and common complaints in America’s emergency departments. Few patients or their families consider a fractured bone or

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A World Free Of Polio – Not Yet

In the February 11, 2016 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine the first perspective article was titled “A World Free of Polio – The Final Steps”. Frankly I was shocked by what I read. Beginning in the 1980’s, a series of lawsuits were filed against the Lederle drug company, which was owned by American Cyanamid at the time. These lawsuits were filed first in state and then in federal court and all were based on the proposition that an innocent person, either a vaccine recipient infant or a family member of a recipient, had acquired paralytic polio as a consequence of having been inoculated with the Sabin oral attenuated vaccine or coming in contact with infants who were vaccinated.

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New Recommendations To Help Doctors Diagnose Sepsis and Septic Shock Earlier, Saving Lives

The CDC reports sepsis kills more than 258,000 Americans each year and is the ninth leading cause of disease-related death. With the understanding that early recognition and treatment of such serious illness improves outcomes, an international task force of critical and intensive care physicians has started the process of developing new definitions and more uniform criteria for the diagnosis of sepsis and septic shock.

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Retained Surgical Items Often the Result of Medical Malpractice

Shockingly, the incidence of surgical items mistakenly left inside patients has remained steady over the years. UpToDate estimates that retained surgical items occur in 1 in every 5500 to 18,760 inpatient operations, but may be as high as 1 of every 1000 to 1500 abdominal cavity operations, and even more common during emergency surgery. When a surgical instrument or sponge is mistakenly left inside a patient after surgery, medical malpractice is inevitably the cause.

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