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    Healthcare-Associated Infections Continue to Kill

    By Michael Barasch

    A new study discussed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveals the sobering reality of healthcare-association infections (HAIs) in the United States. HAIs are infections developed by persons receiving medical help in a healthcare setting. HAIs are typically caused through unsanitary surgical procedures, poor nursing practices, overuse of antibiotics and microbes that […]

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    Health Alert: The Danger of Fibroid Surgery

    By Michael Barasch

    In the United States, hysterectomy is the second most common surgery undergone by women. For some women, a now-common method of hysterectomy could be a death sentence.  Amy Reed is a 40-year old Boston surgeon with a young family and thriving medical practice. She also has Stage four cancer and an 85 percent chance of […]

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    Preventable Adverse Events: Can We Escape Medical Mistakes?

    By Michael Barasch

    Mistakes happen. When they happen in medical settings, people can die or suffer serious injury. A recent study suggests the number of medical errors in the United States is skyrocketing.  In 1999, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) broke new ground by publishing a startling report that estimated 98,000 people die per year as a result […]

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    Help or Hurt? Blood Pressure Medication Increases Fall Risk

    By Michael Barasch

    Medication for hypertension helps decrease the risk of heart attack and stroke. A recent study indicates the medication can also increase your risk of a serious fall. What can you do?  The measure of the intensity of blood pushing against blood vessels as it courses through your body is called blood pressure. Anyone who has […]

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    Medical Malpractice Case Helps Injured Patients Understand Hospital Liability

    By Michael Barasch

    Stacey Galette, 34 years old, went into a Long Island hospital for what she believed to be a routine surgery. Little did the Brooklyn mom known that this routine procedure would turn into a nightmare resulting in the loss of both her legs.  Galette visited Winthrop University Hospital in 2009 for a laparoscopic removal of […]

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  • Medical MalpracticeProducts Liability

    Kickbacks, Misbranding and Criminal Accusations: Johnson & Johnson Agrees to Pay $2.2 Billion to End Investigations

    By Michael Barasch

    The once-trusted healthcare products giant Johnson & Johnson entered into an agreement in November with the U.S. Department of Justice to pay one of the largest healthcare fraud settlements in U.S. history. Facing civil complaints and criminal allegations, Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries agreed to pay $2.2 billion to end investigations into off-label marketing […]

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  • Medical Malpractice

    Measures to Reduce Prescription Drug Abuse

    By Michael Barasch

    In August, a new law intended to stop New York physicians from overprescribing prescription drugs went into effect. In September, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced new requirements for certain narcotic drugs. Both measures aim to reduce the epidemic of prescription drug abuse affecting people in New York and across the United States.  Created […]

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    When Medical Alarms Are Ignored

    By Michael Barasch

    The next time you go to the doctor, you may have your temperature or blood pressure recorded. When the reading is registered, a low beep sounds to indicate completion. Multiply that beep by 100 or 1,000, and you can imagine the environment for healthcare workers in hospital settings. The beeps are important, but what happens […]

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    Shared Syringes Put Patients at Risk

    By Michael Barasch

    While transmission of infection through use of shared needles is often considered a problem of illicit drug users, the danger may be closer than you think.  In January of this year, more than 1,900 patients received letters from New York Hospital concerning blood testing needed to rule out disease transmission from shared insulin pens. An […]

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    The Dangers of Compounded Drugs

    By Michael Barasch

    Last year, injectable steroid products produced by the New England Compounding Center (NECC) were found to be contaminated with fungal material because of production in non-sterile conditions. As of early September this year, there were 750 infections and 64 deaths associated with the multistate outbreak of fungal meningitis that resulted. Although NECC ceased doing business, […]

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