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September 2015 Archives

Complications from breech presentation may harm infant

There is always the possibility of an unborn child presenting in a breech position during an otherwise normal pregnancy. When this is the case, doctors will usually inform the parents that a cesarean section is the safest method of delivery. Unfortunately, like many complications during pregnancy and the delivery process, there may be unforeseen problems that can lead to a medical mistake and a tragedy for Massachusetts parents.

Time spent in the ER may increase patients’ risks

For any Massachusetts resident, almost anything would be more preferable to waiting in the emergency room. Sometimes patients have had to wait for hours if the ER is especially busy or the staff is disorganized. Hospitals across the country have made great improvements recently to their wait times, but it is still common for those with medical emergencies to wait longer than they would like in the ER before being seen. There is also the chance that when an emergency room is busy or understaffed, people with life-threatening conditions may not be seen soon enough.

How serious is miscommunication among hospital staff?

Like other Massachusetts residents, you expect to be treated with the utmost in care and professionalism when you undergo a medical procedure or spend time in the hospital. However, preventable medical mistakes lead to thousands of serious injuries and deaths each year across the country. According to KQED News, between 210,000 and 440,000 patients in the United States suffer from adverse medical events, including death, due to doctor mistakes.

False diagnoses of Lyme disease are common in the U.S.

There is a wide variety of serious illnesses that have symptoms which mimic other medical conditions. Whether flu symptoms end up being a dangerous infection, or mild chronic pain turns out to signal a more serious disease, it can be devastating to Massachusetts patients if a medical condition is not accurately diagnosed and treated. In fact, a delay in diagnosis may be debilitating or life-threatening for many people.

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