Board of Nursing Revokes Several Licenses

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Last week, the Board of Examiners for Nursing disciplined thirteen nurses across the country. The majority of the nurses had their licenses revoked or suspended because they were abusing drugs or alcohol, which affected their ability to practice. The list of disciplined nurses and their charges can be seen here. What do you think draws … Continued

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Medial Malpractice: Is there a Silver Lining?

/ / Electronic Medical Records, Legal Nurse Consulting, Medical Case Review, Medical Expert Witness, Medical Legal, Medical Malpractice, Misdiagnosis, Negligence, Nursing Home Abuse, Over Prescription

Medical malpractice is the third leading cause in American deaths. Researchers at Johns Hopkins estimated that more than 250,000 deaths occur every year as a result of medical error, which is attributed to systematic problems like poorly coordinated care. Malpractice insurers and medical specialty groups are digging through thousands of closed medical malpractice claims that … Continued

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Staggering Number of Medication Errors during Surgery

/ / Electronic Medical Records, Medical Malpractice, Negligence, Over Prescription

A recent Harvard study uncovered the alarming number of medication errors (124 in 277 surgeries) that occur during surgery. Surgical medication errors included drug labeling and documentation mistakes, incorrect dosing, and/or failing to properly treat changes in a patient’s vital signs. The study is a result of the Massachusetts General Hospital’s efforts to quantify and … Continued

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Prescribing Drugs to Addicted Patients Lands Doctor in Jail for Second-Degree Murder

/ / Blog, Medical Malpractice, Negligence, Over Prescription, Product Liability, Substance Abuse

Dr. Hsiu-Ying “Lisa” Tseng of Los Angeles was sentenced to 30 years to life in prison for a second-degree murder conviction. According to an article published by the Associated Press, the Drug Enforcement Administration says Tseng wrote more than 27,000 [painkiller] prescriptions over a three-year period starting in January 2007 – an average of 25 … Continued

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Codeine kills kids. FDA wants more restrictions.

/ / Blog, Over Prescription, Product Liability, Substance Abuse

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking steps to restrict access to cough and pain medications containing codeine for children, as it puts them at risk. Though it is rare, codeine can cause children to stop breathing and die, especially when the liver quickly converts codeine to morphine. The FDA has warned the public … Continued

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Fetal Assault: A New Tennessee Law with a Huge Loophole

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In Tennessee, when a child is born addicted to drugs (particularly narcotics), it is considered fetal assault. Mothers can escape fetal assault charges if they have a prescription for said drugs during their pregnancy. Pain clinics, referred to as “pill mills” by law enforcement, are common in Tennessee, and make it easy for the public, … Continued

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Staggering Number of Emergency Room Visits Result of Dietary Supplements

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Dietary supplements, according to the CDC, do not need to demonstrate benefits before going on the market. On the contrary, pharmaceuticals must prove that they work and that they are safe for consumption. Interestingly enough, between 2004 and 2013, more than 23,000 visits at 63 emergency rooms were a result of adverse reactions (irregular heartbeat, … Continued

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