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The consequences of inadequate anesthesia

When you are rendered unconscious in preparation for a surgical operation, you should feel confident that the next time you wake up, your Louisiana surgery is already concluded. However, this is not always the case. In the event the anesthesia administered to you was inadequate, you might awaken during the surgery itself, which can have perpetual consequences. 

How are drugs misused in nursing homes?

When you must put a loved one into a nursing home in Louisiana, you may take comfort in knowing he or she is being cared for by trained personnel. However, the reality is that nursing homes have a history of not always being the safe havens they seem to be. One problem that seems to occur way too often is an overprescription or overuse of medications, specifically, psychotropic drugs.

What to know before having an appendectomy

One of the most common surgeries in Louisiana is an appendectomy. This is the removal of the appendix. This small organ is not needed for normal body function, so removing it is perfectly okay. If it gets infected, removal can save a person's life. However, a with any surgery, an appendectomy comes with risks. 

How to be an advocate for your health

With the number of reported medical errors reaching an all-time high, it is becoming more important than ever for you and your loved ones in the North Louisiana area to stand up for yourselves. Doctors are human and prone to making mistakes, but the consequences of those mistakes are often catastrophic for the victims. 

The risks of botched plastic surgeries

Reality television is making plastic surgery seem like something minor that everyone should have done. Teens in Louisiana are being encouraged to get butt implants and lip fillers. It is highly acceptable in our society. While it is great that people are not being shamed for getting this type of surgery, it also means more people are doing it. Many of whom do not completely understand its risks.

Recent birth control pill recall

Recalls of medications in Louisiana can have long-lasting effects. Sometimes patients may not be aware of the recall and keep using the medication. In some cases, damage is already done once a recall is made. According to Time, in May 2017, there was a recall on birth control pills made by the manufacturer Lupin Pharmaceuticals. The issue with the pills was the first four pills in each pack were not active and were only placebos. This, obviously, rendered the pills ineffective against preventing pregnancy.

What is the Medical Review Panel?

If you are a Louisiana resident who has suffered injury or other loss due to the negligence of a doctor, nurse or health care facility, you deserve to be compensated. When considering whether or not to bring a medical malpractice suit, be aware that your case must be submitted to the Medical Review Panel prior to going to court.

Preventing medication errors

Medication errors can cause major health problems and even lead to death in Louisiana. Most errors of this kind are a result of human error. The good news, though, is this means they are preventable. Patients and caregivers can do their part to help stop medication errors.

Items may be left behind following a procedure

Millions of people across the country enter the operating room each year, both for simple procedures and more complicated operations. While most expect to leave the OR in better shape than they entered, many do not anticipate leaving with a surgical souvenir that was mistakenly left inside their bodies. Although this may seem unheard of, at least 4,000 cases involving retained surgical items occur in the U.S. every year. Surgeons and other operating room staff may inadvertently leave a surgical sponge, or other piece of equipment behind in an operating site and suture before removing those items.

Medical misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose

When patients go into the emergency room or outpatient clinic, they are often stressed, in pain and/or suffering from an unknown condition. People go in searching for medical assistance from trusted health care professionals and may not receive the proper diagnosis as to what is wrong. In some cases, people may not receive a diagnosis at all, even though they have a critical condition that could affect their wellbeing.

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