Recent Posts in Patient Death Category

  • Duodenoscope Manufacturers Issued Warnings by the FDA

    || 18-Aug-2015

    It was recently discovered that duodenoscope may cause disease and infections that can prove fatal. The device is used during endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ECRP) procedures. It was reported that two patients died because of infections supposedly caused by contaminated duodenoscopes. As such, manufacturers needed to update processing procedures for the device. During facilities ...
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  • Bacteria-Contaminated Scopes Put Patients At Risk

    || 26-Jan-2015

    Scopes used to treat various digestive system disorders can transmit harmful bacteria like CRE, but many doctors are in the dark as to how to mitigate the problem. In 2012, reports from hospitals in Seattle and other major cities like Pittsburgh and Chicago revealed that patients were getting sick and some were dying after contracting a harmful, antibiotic resistant bacteria called CRE. The source ...
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  • [Don't] Say Cheese!

    || 9-Jul-2013

    It’s summer, which means more foodborne illnesses! Unfortunately, cheese lovers recently took a hit, as the Crave Brothers line of cheeses were part of a voluntary recall issued by Whole Foods Markets. The cheeses, including les freres, have been associated with a listeria outbreak that has resulted in one death and sickened a small handful of people. The cheeses were made by Crave Brothers ...
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  • To CPR or not to CPR

    || 6-Mar-2013

    Last week an 87-year-old woman living at an independent living facility died. This is not out of the ordinary, but what makes this case unique is an employee of the facility called 9-1-1 for help when the 87-year-old passed out then refused to administer CPR as instructed by the dispatcher. The employee, initially identified as a nurse but later identified as a X, told the dispatcher it was ...
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  • A sticky peanut mess

    || 22-Feb-2013

    In 2009, as you may recall, there was a salmonella outbreak caused by tainted peanuts. The peanuts ended up in peanut butter and many other products and sickened some 700 people, including Jacob Hurley, a Portland boy who was just three years old at the time. He got sick from eating Austin Toasty Crackers with Peanut Butter. Nine people died from that outbreak. The manufacturer behind the tainted ...
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  • Compounding problems

    || 19-Oct-2012

    So that compounding pharmacy that has been linked to the tainted steroids that have sickened more than 250 people and killed some 20 with fungal meningitis? It seems they have a license to do business here in Oregon, but they have been under investigation by the Oregon Board of Pharmacy before the steroid issue even arose. The Board had been looking into allegations that the pharmacy, New England ...
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  • Back pain and meningitis don't mix

    || 8-Oct-2012

    When you get prescription medication, whether it is from your pharmacy or administered by your doctor, you trust that it is safe and will cure or help whatever ails you. Well, perhaps thousands of people are probably pretty bummed out right now if they got steroid injections for back pain this year between July and September. The New England Compounding Center in Massachusetts distributed steroid ...
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  • Lots of pain and lots of pills

    || 3-Oct-2012

    I don’t know what it is about some doctors being pill happy, but there’s a doctor in Des Moines, Iowa, who seems to be just that. Dr. Daniel Baldi has been sued for medical malpractice a number of times for overprescribing pain medication. A fifth lawsuit against him was recently filed by the family of a 39-year-old who died of an overdose of oxycodone. Three other patients of Baldi ...
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  • Medical errors on the rise ... slightly

    || 15-Aug-2012

    The Oregon Patient Safety Commission announced that reported hospital errors, also known as adverse events or never events, rose slightly in 2011 to 142 events. While this is somewhat of a disappointment, the commission is looking on the bright side, as the reporting of these errors by hospitals is voluntary, and the commission has been encouraging hospitals to report the information. The ...
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  • Fire tragedy

    || 9-Aug-2012

    In Kansas in March a fire resulted in the death of a 28-year-old quadriplegic woman and her three children, the oldest just 8 years old. The woman, who became a quadriplegic after a car accident, managed to call 9-1-1, but she still died as a result of the fire. Now her family is suing for wrongful death. The lawsuits were filed against Windsor Place At-Home Care, which the suits allege was ...
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  • Be still my not-beating heart

    || 18-Nov-2011

    You would think that having automated defibrillators everywhere would really help save lives, but the latest research seems to indicate this is not the case, at least in hospitals. Yes, that’s right–the old-school, low-tech defibrillators seem to have saved more lives than the fancy, supposedly easy-to-use, automated external defibrillators (AEDs). In 2000 a committee with the American ...
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  • Transplant trouble

    || 19-Sep-2011

    Over in Mississippi two lawsuits have been filed against Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA) and the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMC) over two kidney transplants from a single donor. It turns out the donor had been infected with encephalitis. Of the recipients of the donor’s two kidneys, one died less than three months after receiving a kidney, and the other suffers from ...
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  • How to avoid medical mistakes

    || 6-Jul-2011

    The “July effect” is not sunburn or dehydration but instead refers to the increase in fatalities and medical mishaps at teaching hospitals.Why? Well, a batch of new and inexperienced residents hits teaching hospitals every July. According to a study by the Journal of General Internal Medicine, teaching hospitals can see a 10 percent increase in fatalities in July, most of them a result ...
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  • Nursing errors costly

    || 17-May-2011

    Children’s Hospital in Seattle seems to be suffering from a few too many nurses making critical errors. Two nurses there have just been charged with unprofessional conduct and violation of the minimum standard of care by the Washington Department of Health. Apparently the errors made by these two nurses were but a few among quite a few other medication errors that have caught the critical ...
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  • Hospital safety: The latest figures

    || 26-Apr-2011

    There’s a new measurement tool in town for assessing hospital errors and safety, and it’s finding that there are more errors than we originally thought. In fact, according to this tool, a third of patients in the U.S. will be victims of a medical error during hospital stays. The new tool was developed at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Massachusetts. Old tools include ...
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  • Infection rates drop at Legacy

    || 7-Apr-2011

    Legacy Health of Portland implemented a new initiative two years ago with the aim of lowering infection rates and patient deaths, and it looks like they have succeeded. According to an article in the Oregonian, infection rates have dropped by about 45 percent, and patient deaths declined about 14 percent over the past two years. The iniative, labeled “Big Aims,” was undertaken at six ...
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  • Tainted IV fluid proves fatal

    || 1-Apr-2011

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating tainted IV nutrition fluid that may have contributed to the deaths of nine patients in Alabama. So far no evidence directly linking the bacteria to the deaths has been found, but the investigation is still young. Some nineteen patients in six hospitals in Alabama were found to have a bacterial infection, specifically Serratia ...
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  • Hospital Unhelpful but Legal

    || 30-Mar-2011

    Recently I blogged about Birgilio Marin-Fuentes, the man who drove himself to the Portland Adventist Medical Center as he suffered a heart attack. When he arrived at the hospital parking lot, he lost consciousness and crashed. Some police officers were there and tried to help him. One officer ran the short distance to the hospital emergency room seeking help but was told to call 911. Nobody from ...
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  • Runaway doctor

    || 15-Mar-2011

    It sounds like the plot to a bad made-for-television movie: a doctor flees the country after he is sued for malpractice. Sadly, it is truth, not fiction. Mark Weinberger was a surgeon in Indiana who was on the lam for more than five years. He was caught in Italy in late 2009. He was apparently living on a mountain in a tent. Weinberger faced a medical negligence civil lawsuit in 2004 for failing ...
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  • Hospital Help?

    || 16-Feb-2011

    Where do you think the best place to have a heart attack is? You’d think it would be near or in a hospital, but you might be wrong, particularly if you’re in a hospital parking lot, and the hospital happens to be Portland Adventist Medical Center. Last week Birgilio Marin-Fuentes was not feeling well and decided to drive himself to Portland Adventist Medical Center. What he nor his ...
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  • Medical malpractice and the real victims

    || 28-Jan-2011

    A medical malpractice lawsuit against child psychiatrist Dr. Kayoko Kifuji of Tufts Medical Center in Massachusetts was just settled for $2.5 million. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the estate of Rebecca Riley, a 4-year-old girl who died of an overdose of psychiatric drugs (drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also known as ADHD, and bipolar disease) prescribed by Dr. Kifuji. ...
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  • Pain for Payette?

    || 14-Jan-2011

    Some of you may remember when the Payette Clinic, a pain clinic in Vancouver, WA, was investigated and raided by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in March 2009. Payette was owned and run by two nurse practitioners who, as a result of the investigation, had to give up their licenses to prescribe painkillers (Class II opiates). Well, a new lawsuit has been filed against the Payette ...
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  • Nursing homes sent a message

    || 19-Nov-2010

    We’ve blogged before about cases of neglect and worse in nursing homes across the country. Recently a Kentucky family won $42.75 million in a lawsuit against a nursing home. The lawsuit argued that severe neglect by the nursing home caused the death of the family’s 92-year-old father. The patient stayed at the nursing home for just nine days in the spring of 2008. The family believes ...
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  • Seattle Children's Hospital under investigation

    || 12-Oct-2010

    If you have children who need to visit a hospital, it might be a good idea to steer clear of Seattle Children’s Hospital for now. The Washington State Department of Health has just initiated an investigation of the hospital after a 2-year-old suffered from permanent brain damage following a heart operation. The hospital says a balloon catheter was used during surgery, and an artery burst. ...
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  • Adult family homes - a solution or a problem?

    || 14-Sep-2010

    We’ve written before about negligence in nursing homes, but compared to adult family homes, private homes set up as residences for up to six people needing care, nursing homes come off as deluxe accommodations. Adult family homes cost less than nursing homes, which is part of their appeal. Unfortunately, an investigation by the Seattle Times discovered that you often get less care at them as ...
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