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November 2013 Archives

Couple's organ transplant surgery goes wrong

Kentucky residents may be interested to learn the story of an organ donation that went wrong at a Long Island hospital. When a wife found out she was a perfect match to donate a kidney to her sick husband, she was happy to undergo surgery at North Shore University Hospital. During the transplant surgery, however, a mysterious fluid dripped onto the freshly harvested kidney. As doctors worked to cleanse the organ, the delay resulted in the kidney falling asleep.

Kentucky patients, beware of medication allergies

It all began with a toe infection. The family of a 33-year-old man who died after repeated trips to a healthcare facility for his rapidly worsening condition says that it ended with his death due to an antibiotic medication error. Recently, a federal court agreed and reached a settlement of $2.5 million with the man's family and fiancee. The settlement was awaiting approval from the U.S. Department of Justice because the lawsuit was filed in federal court due to federal funding of the healthcare facility involved.

Tuberculosis scare hits maternity ward; hospital cautions parents

Covington may not be as crowded as Manhattan, but the news that a New York City maternity ward employee may have spread tuberculosis in a busy hospital may have sent chills to new parents all around the country. No cases of wrongful death from TB had been reported, but authorities said that hundreds of newborns were possibly exposed to the deadly disease from the worker, who tested positive for the contagious illness.

VA hospitals in Kentucky may be subject to fatal errors

Hospital negligence has been blamed for three recent patient deaths at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center. These deaths are a part of a series of deaths at VA facilities that may have been preventable.

Kentucky hospitals may commit errors during surgery

There are reports of foreign objects being left in surgical patients, according to a four-year study conducted by the Mayo Clinic other institutions that covered 422,526 surgeries. The study found that, in one out of every 5,500 surgeries, some type of surgical item was left in the patient. The research also shows that some hospitals are as much as 10 times more likely to leave objects in patients than the average, and many never make this mistake.

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