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Anesthesia errors occurring away from the operating room

It’s alarming to discover that deaths due to medical negligence are almost as common, if not more common, in non-operating room settings than in operating room settings. It may be even more disconcerting that many of the errors in question in non-operating room settings involve the administration of anesthesia.

There appears to be more instances where such administration of anesthesia occurs outside of the operating room. One professor anesthesiology and pain medicine described this situation as follows: “This is particular area of interest because we are outside of our home environment. What’s more, many of those procedural areas are dark, and don’t necessarily have the best equipment and monitors available.”

Study on medical malpractice spawns more questions than answers

If a little of something is a good thing, than a lot of it must be better. That's a common perception perhaps, but it's also something any Texas child who has eaten too much candy will tell you is not always true.

When it comes to health care, it is generally proposed that high quality of care is better than the quantity of services that are provided. But it is also generally believed that doctors are often motivated to overuse medical resources or perform unnecessary procedures to limit the risk of their being sued for alleged medical errors.

Pity truckers for all the safety rules they face? Um, no

If you read some of the publications for the trucking industry, you will find there is a definite contingent of over-the-road haulers out there that feels they are among the great oppressed. Some of them are in Texas.

Many of these men and women feel that they are victims of onerous government regulation that prevents them from doing as well as they might economically. Some of the companies that employ them think the same way. If the government just left them alone, they could make their own decisions and succeed or fail on their own merits.

If infant car seats can be safer, shouldn't they be?

There's something of a mini brouhaha making news lately. The debate centers on the question of whether the safest of child safety seats we use in our cars are as safe as they could be. We figure that's something that San Antonio readers might be interested in exploring.

Sparking the debate is new research out of a forensic operation in Pennsylvania which found that infants riding in rear-facing car seats run a risk of suffering a head trauma injury in the event the child's vehicle is rear-ended by another vehicle going 30 mph or more. What researchers say they are most concerned about is that the injuries might go unnoticed by first responders for too long after the crash because they won't think to look for them.

Self-driving car proponent says vehicles need a conscience

The idea that cars will someday drive themselves used to be a notion limited to science fiction. But anyone who has been following the news in recent years knows that the day of the autonomous vehicle is now nearly at hand. Indeed, we even wrote about it in a post back in June.

In that item we took note of the fact that there is now a semi-autonomous semitrailer truck being tested on roads in Nevada. And we observed that some experts working on advancing self-driving vehicle technology suggest that there's a risk that turning over too much control to computers and removing the human factor completely might be less than ideal.

Accountability list may be long in Texas birth injury cases

In one of our previous posts we observed that if a child suffers a birth injury, the effects are felt for a lifetime. It can be a physical and emotional challenge for everyone involved, parents and children alike.

Very often, even if parents have or find the inner strength to meet the demands of caregiving, they may lack the financial resources that may be needed to see that adequate care is available for as long as is needed. If the injury results from some negligence in the delivery of care during pregnancy or delivery, those responsible deserve to be held accountable. But how is that determined?

Care providers urged to do more to prevent fall injuries

There are certain fields that require practitioners to pursue ongoing education to maintain their licenses. The law is one of them. So is medicine. Indeed, in the medical profession, the standards of care are constantly changing as knowledge about the causes of conditions and the possible cures advances. Doctors and nurses need to stay up with the developments.

Such changes don't tend to happen overnight. They usually come only after research, followed by the formation of a consensus. But once a standard is set, the expectation is that it will serve as the minimum level of care delivered. If the standard is not met and irreversible harm or death results, a claim of medical malpractice might be warranted. An attorney should always be consulted.

Whom do I file a claim against if I suffer a brain injury?

When you break a bone, you know you've broken a bone and are likely to need a cast. When you cut open your leg, you know that some stitches are bound to be required. When you suffer a brain injury, it's not so easy to make the call as to what should happen. This is something that experienced Texas injury attorneys know well.

For one thing, brain injury can be inflicted in a lot of different ways. Taking a hard hit to the head is perhaps the most common way brain injuries are suffered. But it could happen, too, if your cranium just gets wrenched around suddenly. Brain injury could also be caused by disease or if something goes wrong during a medical procedure.

Report reveals incredible violation rate for trucks, drivers

If you were to be asked "how many truck and truck drivers wouldn't pass a basic inspection, thus rendering them 'out-of-service,' during a massive month-long event?," what would be your answer? Would you say a very small percentage, like, say, two or three percent? Or would you go with a loftier number, like 10 percent? Or would you go higher still?

Ultimately, we pose this hypothetical because the way most people perceive truck safety is that it should be at the highest standard possible -- and, under that assumption, it stands to reason that a very small percentage of truck drivers and trucks would fail a basic inspection.

Can miraculous surgeries be considered negligence?

Episodes from the popular television drama "Grey's Anatomy" depict incredibly unusual, innovative and miraculous surgeries. In one episode, the doctors performed a miraculous surgery to save a man's arm by attaching it to his abdomen. A young doctor came up with the idea at the last minute, while the man was under anesthesia.

When the man woke up, he was understandably very upset. The hospital was able to talk him out of it, because it was a television show. The details of the storyline beg the question, "What if this happened in real life?"

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