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March 2013 Archives

Physician fatigue can lead to surgical errors

Readers in the Houston, Texas, area are probably aware of the long hours many doctors work. While it is not uncommon and has been done for years, some safety advocates believe that the fatigue doctors experience after working many hours contributes to unnecessary and preventable medical errors. Some concerning studies have even shown that when doctors suffer from sleep deprivation it can lead to serious surgical errors. In response, advocates are now calling for regulations over the number of hours doctors can work.

Patient death during X-ray procedure leads to wrongful death suit

Most Texas readers would probably agree that it is common to worry about family members who go to the hospital for a serious injury or for surgery. However, what about an X-ray? As one recent story points out, they too can be life threatening, at least in the hands of negligent physician.

Birth injuries among major causes of death for U.S. children

What may come as a surprise to readers in the Houston, Texas, area is that according to a recent study, life expectancy at birth in the U.S. is among the lowest of other high-income countries. The study further found that birth injuries were a major cause of death for children.

Study shows failure to diagnose is common among docs

Readers in Houston, Texas, who are planning on visiting the doctor's office in the near future should be a aware of a new study conducted by the Journal of the American medical Association Internal Medicine. According to the study, among primary care doctors, failure to recognize and identify serious conditions is a common occurrence.

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