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July 2016 Archives

5 conditions that are most commonly misdiagnosed

Certain conditions are commonly misdiagnosed. Doctors' failing to be attentive to symptoms, not taking preventative measures or not ordering follow-up tests can result in wrong diagnoses or late diagnoses. Here are the five most commonly misdiagnosed conditions:

Birth asphyxia and the causes you should know about

Birth asphyxia is caused when a baby, either before, during or after birth, does not receive enough oxygen. There are several causes of birth asphyxia including problems with the umbilical cord, like having it wrap around the child's neck, high or low blood pressure in the mother, a blocked airway, a very difficult or long delivery or too little oxygen in the mother' blood during or before birth. If a baby is anemic, his or her cells may not be able to carry enough oxygen and could cause asphyxia as well.

Infant cephalohematoma and malpractice

Delivering a child is a singular, defining human experience, often associated with great joy and possibility. Instances of the birthed infant being injured in the birthing process have decreased significantly over the last several decades, but birth injuries do still occur. One rare example of a possible birth injury is infant cephalohematoma, and this condition can sometimes lead to a medical malpractice claim.

Elements of a nursing malpractice suit

Each and every day, thousands of individuals throughout the country enter a hospital or care center trusting that the staff is qualified and attentive enough to treat them for their ailments. However, too often admission to a hospital results in further injury or death due to actionable malpractice on the part of the nursing staff. A potential nursing malpractice suit has four components a court will have to consider to determine if malpractice has, indeed, occurred.

8-year-old boy dies from drug overdose due to pharmacy error

When you go to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription, you want to trust that the pharmacist got it right. This is particularly true if you go to a compounding pharmacy, which has to mix your medications by hand. Even a small mistake can be dangerous to you or your family, and larger mistakes can be deadly, like in this case in Colorado.

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