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Are operating room cameras the answer to preventing errors?

While heart disease and cancer are the number one and two causes of death in the U.S., the third is likely less known by the public. It's preventable medical errors and they kill an estimated 400,000 people each year. For many families, simply not knowing what went wrong that cost their loved ones their lives is something that will haunt them.

There are many people who are in support of a movement that wants surgical suites and hospitals to record both audio and video of procedures. A surgeon out of Toronto believes this a good idea, too, and has developed a type of "black box" that will also record the physical data of the patient. He already has two U.S. hospitals that will test the system.

Anonymous essay in medical journal raises concerns

A recent essay in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine has raised concerns about the professionalism of some physicians. The physician who penned the piece is described by the editor-in-chief of the journal as having a medical school affiliation. His name was signed to the essay, but it was decided by the journal staff that it would be best if it was published anonymously.

What would cause this medical journal to keep the author's identity a secret? It's the accusations made within the essay. The physician, who is a professor, told of many instances where doctors have disrespected patients while they were under the effects of anesthesia. For example, one woman who started hemorrhaging after giving birth was given manual uterine massage and rescue drug. While the doctor's hand was still inside the woman, he started dancing and singing "La Cucaracha" until an anesthesiologist told him to stop.

Federal designation for Connecticut health center

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services granted United Community and Family Services a coveted federal designation as a "federally qualified heath center." Now, UCFS will see $1.1 million in funding that will be used to hire new staff, accommodate an increase of over one-third in patients and pay for a health center at Montville High School.

The non-profit health center in Norwich was approved in 2002 as a "look-alike" facility. This allowed them to seek reimbursement from Medicaid and Medicare services. This "look alike" status was something the center tried to get rid of in the past six years. Three times it attempted to become federally qualified. There were five other centers that received the same designation in Connecticut.

$2.4 million in missed diagnosis malpractice case

Kennedy, Johnson, Schwab & Roberge, L.L.C. have won an impressive $2.4 million dollar award for their client in a medical misdiagnosis trial. The jury awarded the estate of a 61-year-old man $2 million for his loss as well as $425,000 for loss of consortium for his wife.

According to John Kennedy, Jr., the plaintiff's attorney, "We feel this case was decided correctly by the jury and that there was a clear deviation from the the standard of care...the jury went with the better medical evidence."

Geraldo Rivera to donate any settlement in malpractice case

Fox News commentator and former talk show host Geraldo Rivera is in the news for a different reason right now.

Rivera, 72, appeared last week in Manhattan's Civil Court for settlement negotiations in medical-malpractice litigation he filed over a surgery done on his back in 2010. He alleges the surgery performed at New York's Hospital for Special Surgery located on East 70th Street left him with his right foot crippled.

Man passes away after gall bladder operation, family sues

A man from Meriden, Connecticut, died after having an operation on his gall bladder. The operation happened on Jan. 14, back in 2013, but he had some complications and checked himself into the emergency room just four days later. On Jan. 25, he came back to the medical center, and this time he had sepsis. By Feb. 22, he had passed away, after some of his organs had shut down.

The man's family has now filed a medical malpractice lawsuit. They claim that the medical professionals did not provide a high enough level of care after the surgery or while it was happening. Additionally, they say that the man was given way too many narcotics, which contributed to his condition.

Medical malpractice suit pays man $4.25 million

A man from Wallingford started a medical malpractice suit after a surgical procedure. He has suffered from nerve damage that is permanent, impacting his left shoulder. The surgery happened back in 2008, but the lawsuit just concluded and the man was given $4.25 million as a result.

The man is 58 years old, and his case was heard by the Superior Court jury that is located over in New Haven.

2 cardiologists liable for man's death, $2.4 awarded to widow

Chest pains are something that every medical professional should take seriously since that is a sign of a heart attack. When the chest pains are coupled with dizziness or other symptoms, extra care is needed to ensure that the patient is properly cared for because cardiac issues are a probable cause of the symptoms. Failing to take these symptoms seriously can lead to devastating issues for the patient.

One man went to St. Vincent's Medical Center with dizziness and chest pain as the presenting symptoms on May 12, 2009. The man had a normal EKG and discharged himself from the medical center. He then returned to the hospital after a few hours with a primary complaint of chest pains. Again, the EKG was normal and a stress test was unremarkable. He was given a prescription for acid reflux and told to go in for a follow up in four weeks. He was discharged from the hospital.

Connecticut man awarded $4.2 million for unnecessary surgery

When a patient has surgery, he or she has put his or her trust in the doctor, surgeon and other medical staff. A patient usually believes that the surgery is needed; however, as the case below demonstrates, that is not always the case.

A 58-year-old man from Wallingford, Connecticut, filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a doctor and a medical group after he underwent surgery in 2008. The surgery was deemed necessary by the doctor in order to remove a mass that was in his neck.

Man gets $500,000 after being mocked

A man went in for a colonoscopy back in 2013, not expecting that his doctors would make fun of him the whole time. However, that's exactly what happened, as the anesthesiologist began telling jokes and making mocking comments about him, even going so far as to make joke's about the man's masculinity.

Now, a jury has taken the man's side, and he has been awarded half a million dollars as a result.

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