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Jamie Sheller

Hospitalized Children At Risk for Drug Errors

It is difficult for anyone whose loved one is hurt by a medical-related error while in the hospital. However, it is especially difficult for a parent to have their child suffer from such an error. A…

Jamie Sheller

Patients Experience Difficulty Trying to Obtain Medical Records

Under federal law, every patient or a designated representative has the right to see and copy the patient’s medical records. However, according to USA Today’s Patient Safety website, missing or…

Jamie Sheller

Man Received Cancerous Lungs in Transplant, Lawsuit Filed

A lawsuit has been filed that claims that a man received cancerous lungs during a transplant and then died six months later.
A spokeswoman for the Penn Health System, Susan Phillips, stated that…

Jenny Albano

Woman Awarded $12 Million in Breast Cancer Case

A women was awarded $12 million by a Philadelphia jury in a terminal breast cancer suit against her two doctors who allegedly did not diagnose the cancer before it had progressed to a terminal stage.According to the plaintiffs attorney, Donna Lee Jones, one of the doctors settled before the trial, but the jury found that the doctor who settled was still 35% responsible for his failure to…

Jamie Sheller

How safe are you in the hospital?

Is it safer to be in the hospital during the day when having a heart attack than in the evening? According to recent research, a higher percentage of heart attack patients get better care during the day at a hospital, than between the hours of 11 pm and 6 am. Apparently, hospitals are better staffed and more attentive to patient needs during the day. Sadly, those who rely upon the staff the…

Jamie Sheller

Postarthroscopic Glenohumeral Chondrolysis caused by pain pumps

Postarthroscopic Glenohumeral Chondrolysis, or PAGCL, is a painful condition in the shoulder caused when the cartilage between the humeral head and the ball and socket of your shoulder has broken down to the point where bone meets bone. Recently, studies have shown that pain pumps used after shoulder surgery is a leading cause for this pain. While these products are still available on the…

Jamie Sheller

Thoratec Implantable Ventricular Assist Devices Recalled

Thoratec Corporation has recalled its Implantable Ventricular Assist Devices (IVAD) catalog number 10012-2555-001, serial numbers 488 or higher. The recalled devices were manufactured and distributed from October 1,2 004 through October 22, 2007. These IVAD’s are used to help pump blood through the body of a person whose body is too weak to perform that function. The IVAD can be implanted or…

Jamie Sheller

Micro-bubble contrast agents may cause death or serious cardiapulmonary reactions

Reports of death and serious cardiopulmonary reactions to the micro-bubble contrast agents used with ultrasounds has caused the FDA to require revisions to the labels of these products. Micro-bubble ultrasound contrast agents are used in the administration of ultrasounds to view the heart. Definity and Optison are the only micro-bubble products approved for use in the USA. The adverse…

Jamie Sheller

Medtronic Recalls Sprint Fidelis Cardiac Leads

Medtronic has removed its Sprint Fidelis defibrillation leads from the market after several adverse events in patients. Defibrillators are used to monitor the heart rate in patients. If the defibrillator detects an irregular heart rhythm, it sends an electrical shock to the heart to restore normal rhythm. Medtronic has found that the leads are prone to fracture. These fractures may cause the…

Jamie Sheller

More Recalls of Guidant Heart Devices

Due to a defect causing shortened battery life, Guidant has recalled several models of its implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICD’s) and cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillators (CRT-D’s). The recall involves about 73,000 devices, which have faulty capacitors possibly leading to rapid battery depletion. The Guidant ICD’s and CRT-D’s included in this recall are the Contak Renewal 3 HE…