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June 2014 Archives

Surgical mistake results in lawsuit

Arizona surgical patients might have heard of a woman who went to a Southern California hospital for a hysterectomy in 2007. After the surgery, the woman left the hospital only to return three days later with abdominal issues. The hospital took an X-ray and diagnosed her with severe constipation before sending her home. However, this did not solve the woman's problem.

Pregnancy complications lead to more maternal deaths

The maternal mortality rate has increased in the United States during the last 20 years, according to a new report that looked at the maternal complication and death rate around the world. The maternal mortality rate in the U.S. has increased to 18.5 maternal deaths for every 100,000 live births. This is an increase from the 12.4 maternal deaths reported back in 1990. 

Medical Malpractice by the Phoenix, Arizona VA

All patients deserve timely and competent care.  AZ Central reported recently about mismanagement at Veterans Affairs hospitals including allegations that veterans who were put on a "secret waiting list" in Phoenix, Arizona have died while waiting for care.  According to NY Daily News, veterans at the Phoenix VA waited on average 115 days for their first medical appointment.

Time Out Day aims to reduce wrong-site surgeries

Next week, hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers will be raising awareness to the dangers of wrong-site surgeries that happen all the time in the United States. June 11 is National Time Out Day, which is designed to raise awareness to the importance of preventing surgical mistakes caused by performing surgery on the wrong patient or on the wrong site of the body.

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