The second most common cause of cancer death in the U.S., colorectal cancer kills almost 50,000 people each year, but delays in diagnosis often happen. When there is a delayed diagnosis for colorectal cancer, people who have greater risks of death due to being in more advanced stages of cancer when the diagnoses are finally made. Delays in diagnosis may happen because of actions by the patients, failures by the doctors, or a combination of both.
Since 2015, health care regulators and lawmakers have devoted much time, energy and resources into investigating a series of outbreaks of "superbugs" related to the use of duodenoscopes. These devices, used to inspect and treat problems in the intestinal tract, have been linked to at least 35 deaths over the last four years.
The hospital admitted your child for a simple tonsillectomy. The procedure went well and you expected to be able to bring your child home in the next day or two. But things started to go wrong. Your child's heart rate dipped and she went into cardiac arrest and suffered a severe lack of oxygen to the brain.
Transvaginal mesh used to treat Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) or Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI) can cause serious complications and adverse events for patients. First approved for use by the FDA in 1996, the serious complications and injuries caused by transvaginal mesh erosion prompted the FDA to issue strong warnings advising against its usage in 2008.
An outbreak of a rare infectious pathogen at a New Mexico nursing home has focused attention on a serious - and potentially deadly problem. In January 2014, a resident at Casa Maria Nursing Home in Roswell became infected with Clostridium difficile, a highly contagious pathogen that causes fever, abdominal cramps and violent diarrhea. The outbreak spread, infecting more residents of the facility. Despite the state's requirement that such outbreaks be reported within 24 hours, Casa Maria management waited until March to inform New Mexico health authorities. By the time the outbreak was over in June, 15 residents had been infected, and eight were dead.
The air is crisp and Jack Frost has certainly been nipping at the noses of Midwesterners in the past few weeks. You, like many in Chicago, are preparing to host family and friends with feasts, libations and festive décor abound. If your family celebrates Christmas, you may be anticipating a visit from a jolly 'ol fat man in a red suit.
How many people know that medical device salespeople often participate in surgical procedures?
Surgeons, surgical nurses, and medical device manufacturers certainly do, but the general public does not. Allowing healthcare industry representatives (HCIR) to provide advice in operating rooms and guide surgeons' actions has been an accepted practice in hospitals across the country for many years. It is especially common in spinal surgeries and those involving complete joint replacements.
According to medical studies, long work shifts and sleep deprivation are putting both medical students and their patients at risk for injuries. Studies show that sleep deprivation impairs medical residents' performance and exposes patients to increased medical errors. In Illinois, patients who suffer from medical errors often file medical malpractice lawsuits with a Chicago medical malpractice attorney.
The end of Halloween marks the beginning of the holiday season and many of you have already started putting your holiday travel plans together. This time of year can be stressful and take a lot of preparation. As you start to gear up for that holiday road-trip, keep these helpful tips in mind for a smooth ride and safe arrival at your destination.