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October 2017 Archives

High malpractice settlements reflect severity of injuries

When medical professionals in Illinois make mistakes, consequences for patients can last a lifetime. An examination of the high monetary settlements achieved in some malpractice cases reveals how badly things can go wrong in medical settings.

Study looks at common medication errors

People in Illinois who are prescribed opioids might be more vulnerable to medication-related errors. According to a study by the insurer Coverys, almost one-quarter of medication liability claims involved opioids. Among overall liability claims, medication errors were in fourth place after claims related to diagnosis, surgery and medical management. Coverys also named anticoagulants as potentially dangerous and accounting for 16 percent of claims.

Pushing the FMCSA for sleep apnea screening rules

Obstructive sleep apnea leads to poor sleep during the night and drowsiness during the day, which makes it a particularly dangerous condition for truck drivers. Accidents in Illinois and throughout the U.S. can be attributed to undiagnosed OSA.

Men can be diagnosed with breast cancer

Many Illinois residents likely believe that breast cancer only affects women. However, this is not the case. Although it is extremely rare, men can develop breast cancer. Those who are most at risk for male breast cancer are between the ages of 60 and 70 and who have a family history of breast cancer. An estimated 2,000 men are diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. every year.

Maximizing time with a physician

People in Illinois who have medical concerns should make sure that their appointments with their physicians are long enough to have their medical concerns addressed. According to health care professionals at Saint Vincent's Healthcare and Billings Clinic, there are certain things patients can do to get the time they need with their physicians and to make the most of that time.