When you go to a healthcare provider to receive treatment, you probably say you are “going to the doctor.” In reality, there is a good chance you are actually being seen by a nurse practitioner, or sometimes a physician’s assistant. A 2012 study found that around 60,400 nurse practitioners work in primary care settings in the United States. The field of nursing is expanding, giving certain classifications of nurses additional responsibilities. Read the rest »
In case you missed it in our last post, Sarah G. Miller of Live Science recently wrote an article titled, “The 16 Strangest Medical Cases of 2016.” In it, she featured rare medical cases that have bewildered patients and medical practitioners alike. Some of these cases provide us with good learning opportunities for how we cause and recognize symptoms in ourselves, and how doctors approach unique medical conditions. Read below for a discussion of a few more of the most interesting cases Miller featured. Read the rest »
Sarah G. Miller of Live Science recently wrote an article titled, “The 16 Strangest Medical Cases of 2016.” In it, she features rare medical cases that have bewildered patients and medical practitioners alike. Some of these cases provide us with good learning opportunities, both for how we recognize symptoms in ourselves, and how doctors approach unique medical conditions. Read on for a discussion of some cases that Miller featured. Read the rest »
In case you missed it, 3D printing is on the rise in the United States (and the world). And it’s not just for design models anymore. Read the rest »
When we think of drug addiction, we often picture illegal drugs like cocaine or heroin, but in recent years it has come to light just how many people become addicted to drugs that were once prescribed to them. Read the rest »
On average, there are over 14,000 medical malpractice cases across the country each year.
Missouri statute defines “medical malpractice” as a medical provider’s failure to exercise the degree of skill and knowledge that is expected by a similar provider under similar circumstances, which causes or contributes to an injury or the death of a patient. Read the rest »
When undergoing a drastic life event such as spinal surgery, you want to be assured that nothing will go wrong. However, any surgery is at risk of complications, and with spinal surgeries, those complications can be more serious than most. Let’s take a look at the risks you should be aware of. Read the rest »
The average person goes to the doctor about four times per year. You might see your doctor more or less frequently, depending on your personal healthcare situation. When you visit the doctor, you place yourself and your well-being in his or her hands, trusting in your healthcare professional’s training and judgment to keep you safe and healthy.
Something you might be less than thrilled to learn, then, is that, in the United States, cancer and heart disease are the only two things that cause more deaths than medical negligence. That’s right: medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. So while it may come as no surprise that, just a few years ago, over $3 billion in damages was paid out for medical malpractice lawsuits, that doesn’t make the fact any less alarming. Read the rest »
Spinal cord injuries often occur from traumatic events, such as a car crash, but they can also be caused by medical malpractice. Patients who undergo surgery in the spine can sometimes face spinal cord injury if the surgery is performed incorrectly.
If you have recently undergone surgery in the spinal cord area, pay attention to these signs that your spine could have been injured. Read the rest »
When individuals are called as witnesses in a courtroom, they are instructed to tell the truth. “The whole truth and nothing but the truth.” However, not everyone who takes this oath honors it fully. In addition, many individuals do stick to the truth but omit critical details or gloss over important information. After all, witnesses are human and generally wish to be perceived in a positive light.
This is perhaps especially true when the witness being called is either the subject of the case in question or is a colleague of that defendant. In medical malpractice cases, many physicians who have been accused of negligence are called as witnesses. In addition, many colleagues of these physicians are also called to testify. Read the rest »