A widow filed a malpractice action alleging a hospital’s failure to evaluate the patient, which would have revealed extreme respiratory distress. The patient’s death was caused by a lack of oxygen. Experts testified that if the patient had been placed on a ventilator, he would have had a significantly higher chance of surviving his condition, pneumonia. Following a seven-day trial, the jury rendered a defense verdict after a mere 14 minutes of deliberation. The plaintiff brought a post-trial motion seeking to overturn the decision, and the court ordered a new trial.
A randomized trial of a restrictive blood transfusion strategy vs. a more liberal strategy in patients with acute myocardial infarction and anemia showed the restrictive strategy is noninferior to the liberal strategy for preventing the primary outcome of death, reinfarction, stroke, or emergency revascularization.
Obesity has risen significantly worldwide and is associated with an increased risk of morbidity and mortality in women throughout their lives. Risks include infertility, gestational diabetes, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.
Deaths from ovarian cancer fell worldwide between 2002 and 2012 and are predicted to continue to decline through 2020 in the United States, European Union, and, to a lesser extent, in Japan, according to newly published research. The primary reason is the use of oral contraceptives and the long-term protection against ovarian cancer that they provide, say researchers.
In 2009, a 68-year-old man suffering from arthritis in his knee checked into a hospital for a total knee replacement. Following the surgery, the man complained of confusion and disorientation and became hypoxic and anemic.