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January 2014 Archives

Failure to diagnose leads to multiple amputations

A young girl and her family have reached a settlement agreement with a hospital after a delayed diagnosis lead to a quadruple amputation. The girl, then 8-years-old, had hurt her knee playing at school and eventually developed some unusual symptoms including severe pain in the same leg. When her family took her to the hospital it took doctors 24-hours to diagnose the girl with a blood infection known as sepsis.

New guidelines tackle problem of dirty lab coats

Many readers are already familiar with the issue of germ control in hospitals. Hospitals are naturally a place with a lot of bacteria, and highly trained disease control specialists are always working on ways to prevent harmful germs from spreading. One way that germs spread in a hospital is on the bodies of the hospital staff, since they travel frequently from room to room. As a result, safety measures like rigorous hand-washing are necessary to keep patients safe.

Mislabeled blood sample leads to search for HIV-positive patient

National military hospital Walter Reed Medical Center is seeking to identify a patient who was treated there and tested for HIV who they erroneously informed of a negative test result. The patient is in face HIV-positive but is unaware of this fact because of mislabeled and mishandled blood samples.

Hospital blamed for tuberculosis outbreak

A recent occurrence in the neonatal unit of a hospital should put New Jersey hospitals on alert. When a young mother gave birth to premature twins in May 2013, a Las Vegas hospital allegedly failed to diagnose a contagious lung disease that the woman had, allowing her to continue visiting her babies in the hospital after being discharged. According to state health officials, this led to an outbreak of tuberculosis that has affected dozens of people, some fatally.

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