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December 2014 Archives

Cerebral hypoxia causes and diagnosis

If a New Mexico patient suffers an injury that interrupts blood flow to the brain, there is a possibility that they could be suffering from cerebral hypoxia. This condition occurs when the brain is not receiving enough oxygen or nutrients. If a person is suffering a disruption of oxygen and nutrients to the brain, they need treatment immediately as brain hypoxia can result in a serious brain injury or even death.

Court ruling may allow cruise malpractice lawsuits

New Mexico residents who are planning to vacation on a cruise ship might be interested to learn that the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that a previous law that barred cruise lines from being sued for medical malpractice should no longer apply. Up until recently, courts have interpreted the law to include an exception for cruise medical malpractice, generally holding the cruise lines do not hold liability in such cases.

Pharmacy blamed for 64 deaths after meningitis outbreak

New Mexico residents might be interested to learn that a deadly meningitis outbreak in 2012 was linked to the unsterile conditions in a Massachusetts pharmacy. On Dec. 17, federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against 14 former owners and workers from the New England Compounding Center of Framingham. The individuals were charged for their roles in the outbreak that killed 64 people and sickened a total of 750 people.

Study shows hospital errors are improving

New Mexico residents may not have heard the recent statistics that show a 17 percent decline in preventable hospital errors such as bed sores, infections and drug mistakes. The federal review took into account medical records and other data from 2010 to 2013. While the specific reasons for the improvement in the health care industry aren't completely known, the report does list contributing factors such as public reporting hospital errors, incentives like technical help and monetary penalties put into effect by the Affordable Care Act.

The most common misdiagnoses, types of error

Misdiagnosis is a big problem in the health care industry, and while doctors and their medical staff have made an effort to control the problem, errors are bound to occur. Due to this, it might be helpful for New Mexico patients to know which conditions are most often misdiagnosed and the type of medical errors that cause these misdiagnoses.

The dangers of post-operative sepsis

New Mexico residents may seldom expect loved ones to suffer life-threatening complications while under a doctor's care. However, government studies show that bacterial blood infections, or sepsis, could pose a serious threat to your loved one's post-operative health and well-being. A sepsis infection can cause organ failure, brain damage or even death when not diagnosed or treated promptly.

The high costs of traumatic brain injuries

Many people in New Mexico suffer from traumatic brain injuries in accidents each year. Brain injuries bring much higher hospitalization and rehabilitation costs than do other types of injuries. People who suffer serious brain injuries may require a life time of care due to the associated problems they have.

Woman dies after hospital purportedly gave her wrong medicine

Residents of New Mexico may have heard a news report about a recent incident that occurred at an Oregon hospital. According to reports, a female patient died after the hospital staff allegedly gave her the wrong medication.

What is a pulmonary embolus?

New Mexico residents who suffer from a pulmonary embolus will require medical treatment immediately. A pulmonary embolus occurs when an artery in the lungs becomes blocked. Normally, a pulmonary embolus is caused by a blood clot in a vein that moves to the lungs. The blot clot normally begins in a deep vein located in a person's thigh or hip area.

Mild Brain Injuries and Concussions

New Mexico residents may not be aware that any trauma to the head, even what appears to be a small bump, can lead to a mild traumatic brain injury, also known as a concussion. Anyone who suffers head trauma, such as a blow to the head or whiplash, and then displays disorientation, confusion, short-term loss of consciousness, memory problems, dizziness, headaches, vomiting or poor concentration may have a mild traumatic brain injury. It is important to note that a person may have suffered a brain injury even if they did not lose consciousness.

Problems during pregnancy may lead to stillbirth

New Mexico families concerned about problems during pregnancy may wish to know about the risk of stillbirth. Nearly 33 percent of stillbirths remain unexplained. There are risk factors associated with this intrauterine death of a fetus after 20 weeks gestation. They include mothers over 35, smoking, drug or alcohol abuse and malnutrition. Stillbirths occur in about one out of every 160 pregnancies.