Hundreds of patients who were concerned about possibly being exposed to the virus that causes AIDS visited a health clinic to learn whether or not they were affected. Letters began being sent out the day before to some 7,000 of the accused dentist’s patients. As reported by the Associated Press and published in USA Today, the letters warned those who had been patients of the accused dentist over the past six years of the public health hazard caused by alleged poor hygiene at the oral surgeon’s clinics.
The screening for hepatitis C, hepatitis B, and for the virus that causes AIDS began, and according to the Tulsa Health Department, 420 former patients were tested. Testing was to resume on Monday.
One former patient said that you believe in doctors and trust them to follow the rules. Her trust has been betrayed. Five months ago she had a tooth extraction at one of the surgeon’s two clinics. Read the rest »
Medical malpractice is the cause of approximately 225,000 deaths in the U.S. annually, making the negligence of healthcare providers the third highest leading cause of death in the nation. There are a number of different types of medical malpractice that can cause a patient harm, but surgical malpractice is a factor in an alarming amount of death and permanent injury cases. Surgical malpractice is the failure of a surgeon to provide adequate treatment to patients and exercise the same degree of skill and care that another surgeon of the same medical specialty would use under similar circumstances.
The failure to provide appropriate care can result in serious injury, or even death, to a patient.
Negligent surgical errors can occur at anytime, whether it is during a noninvasive outpatient surgery or an emergency surgery where time is of the essence. Depending on the type of surgery, the injury to a patient can be severe. The following are some examples of surgical negligence: Read the rest »
With millions of people each year in the U.S. requiring medical assistance, it is imperative that members of the medical community provide the highest level of care to patients. However, serious mistakes made by healthcare professionals that can endanger the life of a patient occur frequently, whether it is in the emergency room or the exam room; when this occurs, injured patients have the right to file a medical malpractice claim. Medical malpractice results in an alarming 225,000 deaths each year in the U.S., making it the third leading cause of death in the nation. One very serious type of medical malpractice in Omaha and throughout the nation is surgical malpractice. Read the rest »