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Over 4,000 preventable surgical errors happen every year in U.S.

Mistakes that happen during surgeries in Kansas City, Missouri which can be prevented are known as “never events” because they should simply not happen. According to John Hopkins Medicine, these surgical errors often result in medical malpractice claims and include things like operating on the wrong body site, an incorrect procedure being performed and foreign objects being left inside patients.

According to a study performed by researchers at John Hopkins University, there is estimated to have been 80,000 never events that occurred in the U.S. between 1990 and 2010. Researchers analyzed 9,744 paid national malpractice judgments to arrive at this estimate and believe that it is actually on the low end. This is because not all foreign items that are left inside patients are discovered. In the judgments that were studied, 59.2 percent of patients suffered temporary injuries, 32.9 percent were permanently injured and 6.6 percent died as a result of surgical errors that could have been prevented.

Man sues nursing home following death of wife

The decision to place your loved one in a nursing home in Kansas City, Missouri can be one of the most difficult ones you have to make. It is never easy to relocate someone you care about from the home where he or she has lived, especially when he or she does not necessarily want to leave. However, when it is no longer possible for your loved one to live alone or with other family members, you have to put your trust in the staff at a care center.

A man claims that a nursing home violated his trust and was negligent in the treatment of his wife. The woman was admitted to the nursing home around June 2012 in order to undergo rehabilitation and to receive help with her everyday activities. Her husband says that the home was not sufficiently staffed and did not have the proper amount of supplies necessary to meet the needs of the residents. In addition, there was nothing done to prevent his wife from falling on multiple occasions and the home did not keep the woman’s family informed on her health status. As a result, the man claims that his wife’s physical and mental condition declined significantly, leading to her death in September 2012.

Patient sues dentist after improper crown placement

When you think of medical malpractice, you may typically only think that it pertains to physicians like surgeons, family practice doctors, anesthesiologists and specialists. However, medical malpractice can also occur in the field of dentistry when a dentist, endodontist or orthodontist makes a mistake that adversely affects the health of one of his or her patients. This may include simple mistakes like making an error when filling a cavity to mistakes that can affect the health and well-being of the patient like failing to properly perform a root-canal.

A woman recently filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against her dentist after he allegedly misplaced a crown. She says that when she told the dentist about her discomfort with the crown, that he failed to properly diagnose the cause of the pain, even when she complained on numerous occasions. It wasn’t until the woman visited another dentist that the problem was taken care of and her pain and suffering subsided.

Inmate sues jail for failure to diagnose cancer

Doctors and medical staff at any facility in Missouri and the rest of the country are trained to look for signs of illnesses that are more serious than the common cold or sore throat. When left untreated for some time, cancer can spread quickly through the body, leaving patients with little hope for survival. For this reason, the law punishes doctors for their failure to diagnose, which may incentivize doctors to pay particular attention to patients who think they might have center.

Although a Montana jail inmate complained of a sore throat for about a year, and mentioned several times that he may have cancer, staff at the prison dismissed his symptoms. Instead of taking action to test the man for cancer, staff members advised him to gargle salt water and take over-the-counter pain medications.

Surgery patient dies after sponge is left inside body

When surgery is performed in Kansas City, Missouri, certain protocols must be followed in order to ensure that the patient is as safe as possible. If sponges are used, they must be counted before and after the procedure to make sure that all of them are removed. If any are left inside the patient, serious problems can arise.

This was the case for a woman who underwent a surgery in February 2009. Because the surgery took 17 hours to complete, there were some shift changes. This may account for why a laparotomy sponge was left inside the woman’s body, however, the doctor was informed that the sponge count was off. The doctor took out one sponge and ordered an X-ray, but didn’t look at it. If he had he may have noticed that it showed a sponge inside the woman’s body.

Study: too many MDS mum on counseling birth mothers about toxins

Many doctors say that, because they are uncomfortable broaching the subject, they do not routinely discuss the dangers of toxic contaminants in the environment with pregnant mothers they examine and treat.

They need to overcome that reluctance.

Indeed, doctors' hesitancy to have what one lead author in a recent study on environmental risks calls a "big picture talk on environmental exposure" can bring dire consequences in given cases.

Rx for accurate diagnosis: learning to talk to your doctor

A decades-long government study revealed last year that the failure to properly diagnose a medical illness or disease is the medical error that outranks all other mistakes committed by doctors.

In fact, medical misdiagnosis is not simply the most common of all medical errors; it also results in the most dangerous outcomes and brings about tremendous financial costs to the medical industry and consumers.

Given the central role that missed and delayed diagnoses play in hospitals and clinics across the country, including in Missouri, it seems most logical to pose this straightforward question: How can high misdiagnoses rates be curbed?

Focus: hospital, doctor negligence in cerebral palsy case

A recently concluded medical negligence trial in another state has a fact pattern and jury conclusions that are widely relevant regarding birth delivery complications, and we note the material details in today’s post for our readers in Missouri and elsewhere.

It instantly bears noting, of course, that any delivery involving substandard medical care that results in injuries to either a baby or mother is flatly tragic. That fact is sadly magnified because negligence by its very definition indicates that an alternative outcome -- a safe and commonly expected outcome -- is customarily expected in the absence of preventable mistakes.

It is when those mistakes patently occur that juries respond by finding in favor of families that suffer from such errors.

Medicare probe to cost poorly ranked hospitals millions

Similar to other industries, money is a key consideration in the health care industry.

Obviously, persons in the Kansas City area and throughout the rest of the country who pay insurance premiums don’t need to be reminded of that fact. And as painfully high as premiums are, that doesn’t stop the outflow of funds for most consumers needing medical care, who typically cough up large amounts of money for deductibles, out-of-pocket expenses, medications and additional costs.

One consumer that has long tired of the spiraling costs -- especially paying hospitals for health outcomes in which preventable medical errors occurred -- is the federal government.

Purposefully constructed: a dangerous hospital environment

Are hospitals safe places?

That seemingly innocuous query is in fact a loaded question and a sure debate starter among commentators who routinely weigh in on the medical industry.

There is no question, of course, that medical facilities in Missouri and across the country are venues in which doctors routinely save patients' lives. On the other hand, though, evidence abounds -- with data being disclosed by diverse and broad-based sources -- that hospitals and clinics can be very dangerous places indeed for patients seeking medical care.

Myriad studies over the years have estimated that high numbers of patients -- potentially hundreds of thousands, in fact -- die annually form preventable medical error after being admitted to American hospitals. Mistakes run a wide gamut, ranging from surgical error and medication mistakes to facility-acquired infections and wrong/delayed diagnosis.

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About Monsees & Mayer Missouri Lawyers

The attorneys at Monsees & Mayer handle cases where people have been injured. If you need a lawyer for personal injury representation in Missouri or Kansas, call 866.774.3233.