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Victims of a failure to diagnose are legally protected

A misdiagnosis, failure to diagnose or delayed diagnosis can compound the harm the victim suffers and lead to additional harm and suffering. Medical malpractice falls into several different categories or types and a failure to diagnose is one way that a negligent medical provider can cause harm to a victim who has placed the trust in the medical provider for their treatment and care.

Understanding "Never Events" and the Disturbing Consequences

medical-hospital_996911-768x511.jpgA recent news story discussed a horrific event that occurred at the Nair Hospital in Mumbai, India. Rajesh Maru, age 32, was killed when he was sucked into a hospital MRI machine when visiting a relative. Maru entered the MRI room carrying a large metal oxygen cylinder, which was dragged toward the MRI by overwhelming magnetic force. When the cylinder struck the machine, it released a lethal amount of liquid oxygen that killed Maru. 

Do Good Samaritan Laws Only Affect Healthcare Providers?

first-aid-1732523_1920-1024x585.jpgA man eating at a restaurant suddenly gasps. He grabs his throat, unable to speak. Luckily, an off-duty nurse is standing in line, waiting for her meal. She steps in and performs the Heimlich maneuver, dislodging the food stuck in the man's throat and saving his life. However, she cracks three of his ribs in the process.

Understanding the Dangers of Hospital-Acquired Infections

koli-bacteria-123081_1920-1024x740.jpgRoughly 2 million people develop bacterial infections every year in the United States, and approximately 250,000 cases originate in hospitals-with 23,000 leading to fatalities. Herb Kuhn, President of the Missouri Hospital Association, says there have been a small number of infections acquired in hospitals, but emphasized that they should "never happen."

Patient Lives Are in Nurses' Hands

doctor-2722941_960_720-768x512.jpgWhen 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.

The Strangest Medical Cases of 2016 (Part 2)

pexels-photo-305567-1024x683.jpegIn 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. 

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