Kidney Stone Malpractice

Kidney Stone Malpractice

Symptoms of kidney stones include severe lower back pain, stomachache, blood in the urine, nausea, vomiting, fever, and chills. Kidney stones are very common, with one in ten people estimated to have one in their lifetime. Having one puts you at a 50 percent chance of developing another one within five to seven years, making the treatment of kidney stones big business. In fact, more than half a million...
Signs of Medical Malpractice

Signs of Medical Malpractice

Back in 1999, the Institute of Medicine released a report estimating that preventable medical errors resulted in between 44,000 and 98,000 fatalities each year. Almost two decades later, it’s become clear that that staggering number is actually too low. Preventable adverse events likely total 1,000 deaths and 10,000 cases of serious complications per day. Numbers this high mean the healthcare system is failing too many people. Just ask Katherine...
Superbugs are Super Scary

Superbugs are Super Scary

In the late 1970s, “Super Bug” was a single-player Atari racing game. Nowadays, the generally understood meaning of superbugs has morphed from pixilated Volkswagen Beetles to terrifying antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. Although the discovery of antibiotics was one of the most important medical milestones of the twentieth century, it has come to light that they must be used only when absolutely necessary because bacteria have the ability to change...
When Gallbladder Removal Goes Wrong

When Gallbladder Removal Goes Wrong

Much like your tonsils, appendix and wisdom teeth, your gallbladder is not necessary for survival. This small, hollow organ assists the body in the digestive process by storing bile produced by the liver and pumping it to the small intestine when needed to break down fatty food. Bile flows out of the liver through the left and right hepatic ducts, which come together to form the common hepatic duct....
Do You Know Where Your Compound Pharmacy Has Been?

Do You Know Where Your Compound Pharmacy Has Been?

It’s no secret that healthcare is big business. The medication aspect alone reveals staggering figures — the global pharmaceutical industry is worth $300 billion a year with the largest drug companies controlling over one-third of the market and several reporting sales of more than $10 billion a year. Not counting mail order pharmacies, almost 3.9 billion retail prescription drugs were filled at U.S. pharmacies in 2013 with over 122...
Hospital Safety Improves

Hospital Safety Improves

In many ways, hospitals are some of the safest places around. In both planned and emergency situations, these modern medical facilities are poised to treat every type of illness or injury imaginable. Patients entrust their health to doctors, nurses, technicians, and other medical staff. Unfortunately, hospitals can also be chaotic places. They can be understaffed and lack effective systems of communication and service. When this is the case, the...