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May 2013 Archives

Negligence at VA hospital allegedly causes 4 deaths

Veterans who return to New Mexico from war are often in need of medical care. VA hospitals fill this need, giving millions of American veterans the care they deserve. Unfortunately, VA hospitals, like all hospitals, sometimes fail to establish procedures for all circumstances, which can lead to hospital negligence.

Study finds malpractice lawsuits have minimal impact

Many people in New Mexico and across the nation bemoan the rising cost of healthcare, but few people can pinpoint the reason for its high costs. Some place blame on the cost of medical malpractice; when hospitals cover the legal costs of doctor errors, the thinking goes, the cost is passed on to patients. Despite its logic, medical malpractice lawsuits may not be solely responsible for driving up the nation’s medical costs.

Woman's speech, mobility deteriorate after brain operation error

Because surgical errors can be devastating for patients, as well as the hospitals responsible, surgeons and hospital staff members in New Mexico follow procedures designed to prevent errors. In rare cases, however, mistakes happen, and patients can become severely handicapped as a result. Fortunately, hospitals and medical professionals often learn from these doctor errors and make appropriate adjustments to their procedures.

Drug company sued over possible link to medical problems

Drug companies test and distribute their products to thousands of hospitals in New Mexico and across the county, but doctors must be particularly cautious when they prescribe or administer any type of drug to a pregnant woman. Medication errors can cause harm to the pregnant woman and serious birth injury to the newborn baby.

Study shows high rate of missed or delayed diagnoses

Although most doctors and hospitals in New Mexico provide patients with excellent medical care, some errors are unavoidable but many are preventable. For this reason, researchers conduct studies that may help to shed light on systemic problems that may cause increased doctor errors.