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Pain Pumps Shown to Cause Severe Cartilage Damage

July 9th, 2018|Comments Off on Pain Pumps Shown to Cause Severe Cartilage Damage

Patients undergoing arthroscopic shoulder surgery have routinely received pain pumps to assist in their recovery in recent years. However, new studies suggest that these pumps may deliver too much medicine. The overdosing can destroy cartilage, and may lead to a condition known as Postarthroscopic Glenohumeral Chondrolysis. This condition is very painful, and may be severely debilitating. Pain pumps, which deliver controlled amounts of local anesthetics

MGH Suspends Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Program After Serious Complications due to Errors

May 29th, 2018|Comments Off on MGH Suspends Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Program After Serious Complications due to Errors

As of April 17th, 2009, Massachusetts General Hospital (“MGH”) reportedly suspended its pediatric cardiac surgery program after two babies suffered serious complications following errors made during open-heart surgery. State public health officials were investigating after receiving notification from the hospital that it was no longer taking young heart surgery patients. Although it had been reported that both babies survived, one child may have suffered a

The Current Healthcare Bill: Eroding The Rights of Individuals to Seek Justice in Courts

May 11th, 2017|Comments Off on The Current Healthcare Bill: Eroding The Rights of Individuals to Seek Justice in Courts

Last Thursday, May 4, the House of Representatives passed by one vote the Republican plan to replace Obamacare. Among other things, this bill will have a significant impact on lawsuits related to medical malpractice. According to a report by the New York Times, the bill would impose new limits on lawsuits involving care covered by Medicaid, Medicare, or private health insurance subsidized by the Affordable Care Act. These limits would

Hospitals Faulted for Failure to Report Injuries and Deaths

December 16th, 2016|Comments Off on Hospitals Faulted for Failure to Report Injuries and Deaths

A dozen hospitals worldwide, including three large hospitals in Massachusetts, have been faulted by Federal regulators for failing to properly report the injuries and deaths. Due to a lack of effort by medical facilities to detect problems with certain medical devices, these devices may have caused significant harm. Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and UMass Memorial Hospital were three of seventeen hospitals inspected

Increase in Robotic Surgeries Raise Concerns

November 26th, 2014|Comments Off on Increase in Robotic Surgeries Raise Concerns

Robotic surgical equipment, now solely made in the United States by Intuitive surgical Inc. of Sunnyvale, Calif., has been a topic of controversy since its U.S Food and Drug Administration approval in 2000. Recently at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, seven nurses and doctors along with a half-ton, 7- foot- tall metal and plastic robot performed robotic surgery on Paul Claus, 77, of Winthrop. Claus

Massachusetts sees an Overwhelming Jump in Hospital Mistakes

August 15th, 2014|Comments Off on Massachusetts sees an Overwhelming Jump in Hospital Mistakes

Within the last year, Massachusetts acute-care hospitals reported over 750 serious medical errors and patient injuries. This number is a 70 percent jump from previous years, causing concern for Hospital executives, as well as the patients and their families who were harmed by these errors. Health officials attribute this annual jump to the expanded definitions of what constitutes medical harm. Some of the hospital errors

Medical Devices – Injury Risks Can Be Significant

June 18th, 2014|Comments Off on Medical Devices – Injury Risks Can Be Significant

While technology advances, so do the prospects of healing the sick and repairing the disabled parts of our bodies. However, with progress comes costs ¾ the costs of the people injured and the lives lost by medical devices being designed and manufactured with defects and without sufficient safeguards or warnings. In many respects the defective medical device is subject to the same considerations of liability

Framingham Pharmacy’s Mold-Contaminated Painkillers: Death Toll on the Rise

March 27th, 2013|Comments Off on Framingham Pharmacy’s Mold-Contaminated Painkillers: Death Toll on the Rise

Deaths and illnesses linked to the fungal meningitis and abscess outbreak blamed on a Framingham compounding pharmacy could continue to rise for the next six months — a full year after the last environmentally poisoned drugs were administered — a top doctor for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told the Boston Herald. “We know fungi have long incubation periods. Therefore, we know there

Spacelabs Anesthesia Workstations and Service Kits: Class 1 Recall – Defect in CAS I/II Absorbers

March 27th, 2013|Comments Off on Spacelabs Anesthesia Workstations and Service Kits: Class 1 Recall – Defect in CAS I/II Absorbers

Spacelabs Anesthesia Workstations and Service Kits: Class 1 Recall – Defect in CAS I/II Absorbers There is a defect in CAS I/II Absorbers in the Spacelabs Anesthesia Workstations and Service Kits that may cause a condition leading to an increase in the carbon dioxide concentration within the inhaled gas being delivered to the patient. These products are used in the hospital environment and in locations

UPDATE! Hospitals get Advisory Letter: Massachusetts Issues Caution About Robotic Surgery

March 27th, 2013|Comments Off on UPDATE! Hospitals get Advisory Letter: Massachusetts Issues Caution About Robotic Surgery

In Massachusetts, the state advised that hospitals pay attention to whether direct-to-patient marketing changes how they select patients, given that such advertising has led patients to seek out certain procedures from their doctors. Hospitals were also cautioned to make sure their websites include the risks as well as the benefits of robotic surgery. Given the high cost of the robot equipment — $1.5 million to

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