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February 2014 Archives

Parents left unattended in hospital deliver baby themselves

When a nurse left the room just as an expectant mother said she needed to give birth immediately a couple was forced to oversee the birth of their baby without medical assistance. A hospital spokesperson says that the patient and her husband were left alone for two minutes and that a nurse completed the delivery. However, the father of the newborn told reporters that the nurse left them despite their protests and that by the time hospital staff returned there was nothing left to do but cut the umbilical cord.

Sterilization mistake exposes patients to brain disease

A breakdown in the proper sterilization process for surgical instruments resulted in 18 patients being exposed to a fatal brain disease. The error occurred at a hospital treating a patient who was suspected of having a rare disease called Creuzfeld-Jakob disease, which is similar to Mad Cow disease. When patients are suspected of having this condition hospital staff are required to put surgical instruments through a more intense sterilization process that destroys proteins linked to the disease. Instead in this case the instruments went through the normal sterilization process and were subsequently used on 18 other patients.

Death of liver donor raises ethical and legal questions

Donating an organ to another person is one of the most selfless acts that one can do. In the case of some organs, such as a liver or kidney, this donation can be done by a live person who can spare a part of their organ to save another person’s life. While this choice is clearly the noble one, there are new questions being raised about the ethics of allowing this kind of donation in the wake of the death of a voluntary liver donor who suffered from fatal complications during the transplant surgery.

Study finds controlled patient handoffs can reduce errors

If you have ever been a patient in a hospital in New Jersey or elsewhere, you may know what it is like to be handed off from doctor to doctor. If not handled correctly, switching doctors can result in confusion, miscommunication and oversight that can be very problematic for the patient. Fortunately, some doctors are attempting to change that.

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