California has made it tougher in recent years to file successful medical malpractice cases against health care providers who do wrong against their patients, but we continue to represent injured patients who deserve a chance at justice.
CBS Los Angeles reports that a deadly superbug - carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae - has apparently caused the deaths of two patients and has at this point infected five others at UCLA Medical Center. As per the report: "CRE germs are resistant to almost all antibiotics and are more deadly than the more widely-known superbug MRSA." Read on to learn more about this recent exposure.
While medical mistakes are nothing new, a recent study reached some alarming conclusions about how doctors and hospital employees respond to them when they occur. Research from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that hospitals only notify affected patients in two percent of cases.
Last week, we posted the beginning of the Emergency Care Research Institute's (ECRI) list of the 10 most dangerous technology-related hazards in American hospitals. This post presents the rest of those risks, picking up with the fourth concern.
While technological advances have touched all aspects of human life, the impact has been particularly profound in the world of healthcare. Improved devices and procedures have dramatically extended life spans and made it much safer to seek treatment at hospitals in California and around the United States.
Los Angeles' Keck Hospital was recently cited by state regulators for a medical malpractice incident in which a foreign object was left in a patient's chest. A report from the California Department of Public Health indicates that a patient came to the hospital for a redo of a stemotomy and aortic valve replacement.