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November 2018 Archives

Many 'never events' surgical errors caused by poor communication

Surgeries that involve the wrong patient, procedure or site are referred commonly known as "never events" because they're ones that shouldn't ever occur if the right pre-operative protocol is followed. While data shows that this type of surgical error only happens once in every 112,000 procedures in a hospital setting, those that occur in outpatient settings may be remarkably higher.

What is the Firearms Restraining Order Act?

Illinois has seen its share of gun violence, and it regrettably has not changed much for people at risk. The lawmakers in Springfield worked this year to institute the Firearms Restraining Order Act, which will hopefully make it easier for people to prevent possible injury or death.

Nursing home resident lost life savings to financial abuse

Nursing homes and assisted-living facilities in Illinois are institutions that help elderly people live well in their golden years, as well as take pressure off busy relatives to keep them safe and happy. Clinicians and aides in these homes are generally caring professionals who render the proper care, but some instances of abuse can mar the entire profession.

You can hold your obstetrician accountable for your stillbirth

Any fetus who suffers an intrauterine death after 20 weeks of gestation is considered to be stillborn. National Stillbirth Society data shows that one in every 160 pregnancies ends in a stillbirth. While some of these happen while a mother is in labor or during delivery, a large majority of them occur during her pregnancy.

Software causes problems for physicians and their patients

Most doctors value technology and respect it as it improves their tools for saving lives. However, despite this attitude and physicians being among the most tech-literate professionals in Illinois and the United States, many of them dislike their experience with computers in the workplace.

Does the use of smartphones contribute to surgical errors?

We have become increasingly dependent on personal electronic devices, and surgeons are no exception. Smartphones typically top the list of "must-have" devices. They often take the user's attention away from what they are supposed to be doing. While surgeons are known for their professional commitment, they are just as vulnerable to distraction as anyone else is.

How do people get hospital-acquired infections?

Many people owe their lives to hospitals and their dedicated employees. Although it is rare that a person becomes sicker in a professional care setting, it can occasionally happen due to hospital-acquired infections. Clinics and clinicians may be legally responsible for an illness if it could have been prevented by their work.

How medical negligence causes infection to spread in hospitals

All types of personal injury can be tragic to victims and their families, but medical negligence can be especially devastating. Unlike being hurt accidentally, injuries caused by medical negligence are 100 percent preventable. The health and medical industry have standards of practice in place developed to help eliminate instances of preventable personal injury to any American patient.

John J. Hopkins: From Working Iron To
Representing Those Who Work

ALTON —Like any successful trial lawyer, John Hopkins knows the importance of preparation. But he usually doesn’t write out the questions he plans to ask witnesses in depositions or in court.

View Article “I like to react to what the witness is saying—not only what they’re saying, but how they’re saying it,” Hopkins says.

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