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Idaho OB-GYN Malpractice Part of a National Problem

Doctors who work in obstetrics and gynecology – OB-GYN – are among the most highly trained in the medical profession. They are responsible for female patients during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum, as well as for their general reproductive health. Yet OB-GYNs (along with neurosurgeons) are among the most commonly sued for medical malpractice in Idaho...

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What You Should Know When Placing Trust in Your Doctor

Trust is the cornerstone of a doctor-patient relationship, with researchers concluding in the journal Health Affairs that two-thirds of those with high trust levels were more likely to follow treatment plans, compared to less than a sixth who had low trust levels. But when is trusting your doctor bad for your health? A recent Idaho...

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Medication Mix-ups and Medical Malpractice in Idaho

A careless medical mistake can have a devastating impact on a patient's health. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reports medication mistakes and harmful drug interactions result in more than 100,000 hospital admissions each year. Another 700,000 are treated in hospital emergency rooms. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration highlights a number of ways...

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How Nursing Shortages Endanger Idaho Patients

Nurses are consistently overworked and underpaid. They are subject to long hours and difficult working conditions. This not only makes nurses stressed and prone to patient care errors, but also causes turnover in the nursing industry. Far too many patients face dangerous working conditions that lead to preventable medical errors. It is important that doctor’s...

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Idaho Patients Can Be Endangered By Poor Designs in Electronic Record-keeping

Many healthcare providers now rely on electronic medical records to make their practices more efficient. While electronic record-keeping systems can reduce the time and expense associated with the administration of a healthcare practice, they can also expose patients to dangerous medical errors. Poorly designed programs make it especially difficult for providers to accurately access and...

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Protecting Idaho Patients From Medication Errors

Medication errors are alarmingly common in the United States. The Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives reports that adverse drug events impact more than seven million patients every year. About one-third of all patients in a hospital setting have at least one medication discrepancy at the time their medications are reviewed for discharge. Medication...

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Preventing Injury and Death to Idaho Patients Caused by Misdiagnosis

Misdiagnoses can result in injury to patients and even death in some cases. Science Daily reports that an estimated 12 million Americans are affected by misdiagnoses every year. This pervasive problem causes financial and emotional losses to the patient and family members who are affected by incorrect diagnoses or a failure to diagnose. Victims of...

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Hospital-Acquired Infections a Primary Threat in Idaho

Hospital infections have become a serious issue in Idaho as the risk to patients reaches a crisis level nationwide. A Meridian medical malpractice lawyer can represent patients who have suffered greater harm by an infection acquired in the hospital than by the injury or ailment that landed them there in the first place. Meanwhile, the...

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How Medical Malpractice is Exacerbating Idaho’s Opioid Crisis

In recent years, the opioid epidemic has become a major public health emergency in the United States. Drugged driving, overdoses and other dangerous behaviors kill thousands of Americans annually. While there are many different fronts on which to address this problem, the most direct is to stop drugs at the source. For many opioid users,...

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Idaho Medical Errors May Be Affected by Surgical Start Time

There are many complications that may arise during surgery. Patients cannot control the risks of all potential complications, but they can educate themselves about certain risk factors. According to a recent study, one possible risk factor is the time of day during which a surgery is performed. An Idaho medical malpractice attorney can help victims...

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