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February 2017 Archives

Medical malpractice in the emergency room

You will likely find yourself in an Iowa emergency room at some point during your life. While emergency rooms are supposed to be a place for healing, they can also be the scene of doctor errors and mistakes that can lead to serious consequences. While we at Galligan Reid, PC, understand the stress and pressure medical personnel face in the ER, we also understand that in some cases, it is pure negligence that leads to harm. When deciding if you have a case, you need to determine if negligence occurred.

Iowa rehabilitation center receives equipment for brain injuries

After someone suffers a brain injury, their life many change in many ways. On top of forgetfulness, headaches and other physical and mental problems, brain injuries can also have a negative impact on peoples' financial future. In Polk, and other cities throughout the state of Iowa, suffering a brain injury may force someone to take time off work, which can result in financial hardships.

Protecting your loved one in a nursing home

When parents or other loved ones in Iowa get older, it is sometimes necessary to place them in a long-term care facility. Unfortunately, mistreatment and neglect occur in nursing homes across the country, so it is important to choose a nursing home carefully. If you suspect abuse, it may be necessary to seek help. We at Galligan Reid understand the absolute importance of protecting the elderly who have suffered mistreatment.

Deaths from cervical cancer are far too common

Misdiagnosis is a troubling problem in the medical field. Certain conditions are more frequently misdiagnosed than others. In addition, some groups of patients are more likely to be victimized by misdiagnosis than others. A recent study suggests that one area where the medical field is falling short is in the diagnosis of cervical cancer.

More than 50 people file suit against clinic for misdiagnoses

Being diagnosed with an irreversible condition can be devastating, but it is generally better to have a diagnosis sooner, rather than later. Early diagnosis may increase the options for treatment to slow the disease's progression and it gives patients as much time as possible to make decisions about their care and future.

How common are medication errors during surgery?

While you may be like many people in Iowa who trust that their doctors are being thorough and accurate when they are administered medications during surgery, recent studies show that this may not always be the case. There can be several reasons for mistakes, but the fact remains that many medications are given in error. The Journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists studied 277 operations and reports on the problem of adverse drug events and medication errors.

Survey shows poor ownership of errors among physicians

Medical errors are a concern for many people in Iowa yet it can be very difficult to know if or when an error has actually occurred. Ideally, patients would be able to trust doctors and other health care providers to alert them if a mistake is discovered. However, some research conducted by Georgia State University indicates that this trust is not something well earned by many medical professionals.

Cleaning practices insufficient to prevent infection

A study published in the American Journal of Infection Control reveals that the current guidelines for disinfecting reusable medical scopes are not effective. The study tracked 20 endoscopes over the course of 7 months. By the end of the study, 12 of the 20 scopes suffered from microbial growth, despite having been cleaned according to current guidelines. In addition, all of the scopes had visible damage and 17 had to be returned to the manufacturer with serious defects. The study calls into question the safety procedures surrounding medical equipment in American hospitals.

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