The Patient Advocate

The Negligent Interpretation Of Pap Smears

Published by the American Society of Cytopathology in their Journal, Pathology Patterns Reviews. Cervical cancer continues to kill approximately 4900 women annually. This is a particularly alarming statistic to the 15,700 women who are annually diagnosed with new cases of

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Hospital Acquired Infections

According to the CDC 99,000 people die annually from hospital-acquired infections. As Betsy McCaughey Ross, the former Lieutenant Governor of New York put it, “You don’t often come across such a big problem that you can prevent.” McCaughey started the

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The Pap Smear Case

A noted cytopathologist, Leopold Koss, has said that the use of the Pap smear should virtually eliminate the chances of a woman developing invasive cancer. Nevertheless, this year approximately 7,000 women will die of the disease-a disease that is largely

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Eight Steps To Avoid Cervical Cancer

Checklist: Protecting Yourself From Cervical Cancer The best protection a woman has against cervical cancer is to develop a trusting relationship with a gynecologist and follow the guidelines listed below: Regular Exams. Visit a gynecologist at least once a year

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Deadly Hospital Mistakes Are Doomed To Be Repeated

Originally Published October 24, 1993; Section: NATIONAL; Edition: TWO STAR; Page: A-1; Memo: MEDICATION ERRORS; Day 1: THE OVERVIEW; TOMORROW: Many hands, many mistakes. Contributing to this series were Tim Dunham, Post-Gazette technology systems editor, and Clark Hallas, who served

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Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy and Increased Risk of Bile Duct Injury

An injury to the bile duct occurring during the course of a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, which injury results in recurring problems with the potential for permanent liver damage should be considered a case of possible medical negligence until proven otherwise. In general, when appropriate surgical safeguards are employed in the performance of a laparoscopic cholecystectomy there is no unintended injury to the bile ducts. Unintended injury to the bile ducts when it occurs is often a result of doctors having failed to employ those safeguards deemed appropriate for the performance of such a procedure.

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Medical Malpractice Insurance Premiums Soar

Originally Published Sunday, January 21, 2001 Excerpt from an article By Christopher Snowbeck, Post-Gazette Staff Writer The insurance companies blame the higher premiums on what they call overly sympathetic juries hearing medical malpractice cases in Philadelphia. Misplaced Blame? But Jerry

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Vaccine Against Cervical Cancer Approved

Merck & Co., Inc. and GlaxoSmithKline are developing the vaccine now approved by the Food and Drug Administration so that the vaccine can be widely distributed as a prophylaxis for protection against Human Papilloma Virus. At least two types of

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