Category Archives: Legal Nurse Consulting

New American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association High Blood Pressure Guidelines Lower Definition of Hypertension

High blood pressure should be treated earlier with lifestyle changes and in some patients with medication – at 130/80 mm Hg rather than 140/90 – based on new American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association (AHA) guidelines for … Continue reading

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EMERGENCY ROOM MEDICAL MALPRACTICE │ What goes wrong and why

About four of every 100,000 Emergency Department (ED) visits result in an allegation of medical malpractice. The analysis below of 1,300 medical malpractice cases involving emergency care, provides insight into what is driving these claims. Because their care is episodic … Continue reading

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INFORMED CONSENT │ PHYSICIAN’S DUTY & MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

In non-emergency situations, medical professionals are required by law to obtain a mentally competent patient’s informed consent for a particular course of treatment. The idea of informed consent is to give patients a meaningful opportunity to be informed about their own … Continue reading

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MEDICOLEGAL PITFALLS OF LAPAROSCOPY – Informed Consent, Risks, Intraoperative Errors, Vascular & Organ Injuries, Postoperative Complications

There has been amazing growth in the actual performance and acceptance of laparoscopy in surgery. As with all surgical treatments, problems may appear, nevertheless, laparoscopy isn’t any exclusion. Surgeons that perform laparoscopy should not only be experienced within the technique … Continue reading

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Obstetrical Medical Malpractice │ Delay in Treatment of Fetal Distress Allegations

The most frequent allegation in obstetrical medical malpractice claims is delay in treatment of fetal distress. Standard of care analysis of these professional negligent cases revealed that the most common reason for the delay was physician failure to timely intervene … Continue reading

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CRITICAL CHEST RADIOGRAPHS: CLINICAL MISDIAGNOSES ASSOCIATED WITH MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

Many chest radiographs are first viewed by non-radiologists, who must be able to quickly recognize critical findings that identify patients who need emergent care. The following clinical diagnoses are often associated with medical malpractice cases: Pneumothorax occurs when air fills … Continue reading

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UNDERSTANDING CARDIOLOGY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CLAIMS

It costs about $80,000 to defend a cardiologist in a medical malpractice claim resulting in payment—nearly four times the cost in ophthalmology, the least expensive specialty to defend. That is a great deal of money, and it likely heightens cardiologists’ … Continue reading

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HEPARIN OVERDOSE & PHYSICIAN LIABILITY

When Will Hospitals Learn How To Use Heparin? Heparin is one of the most basic medicines commonly used worldwide. It is the primary anticoagulant used by hospitals and is part of the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines. Anticoagulants … Continue reading

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ABDOMINAL AORTIC ANEURYSM MISDIAGNOSIS│MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) is an outpouching at the area of the weakness in the abdominal aorta involving all three layers of the artery wall. An aneurysm is defined as an increase of greater than 50% from the vessel’s original … Continue reading

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MEDICAL MALPRACTICE │ FAILURE TO DIAGNOSE PULMONARY EMBOLI – Plaintiff vs. Defense

A 15 year old patient, who was one week post-arthroscopic knee surgery, went to the ED with complaints of left chest pain. The pain was worse when he laid flat. He had no fever or dyspnea and denied other complaints. … Continue reading

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