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Kentucky hospital botches episiotomy, leaves woman flatulent

Many women who have children assume that they will be able to return to work without any health problems after they have healed from childbirth. In most cases, that expectation is valid, and the woman returns to work when she is released to do so. There are some instances, however, in which the new mother is unable to return to work. For one opera singer, a botched episiotomy is causing problems that necessitated her not working.

Ingredients in pain medication could cause liver failure

According to a report released on Jan. 16, the Federal Drug Administration stated that many patients, including Kentucky patients, who are prescribed acetaminophen are at risk for liver damage. The FDA reportedly requested that doctors stop prescribing medications that have doses of more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen.

Lawsuit claims hospital mistakes led to woman dying of blood clot

Kentucky residents may have heard of a case where a Pennsylvania hospital was named in a lawsuit after the death of a newly graduated medical doctor from a blood clot in her brain. The legal action charges the medical facility with hospital malpractice after it allegedly committed a series of errors that were compounded due to negligence and a staffing shortfall. The young Pennsylvania woman died a little more than two weeks after receiving her medical degree from The Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton.

2009 birth injuries determined to be a hospital's fault

Kentucky parents may be interested to learn of a Dec. 23 settlement that was awarded to the family of a 4-year-old who suffered permanent disabilities as a result of his birth injuries. The Pennsylvania jury determined that the plaintiffs should receive a sum of $55 million after their child suffered serious birth injuries because a doctor failed to take appropriate actions during delivery.

Robot surgery safe for patients?

Kentucky patients who are facing surgery may want to consider a recent media report about an Iowa surgeon who defended robot surgeries despite recalls and several complaints about the da Vinci Surgical System, a set of robotic arms that a surgeon controls via joy-stick. He claims that during his seven years of using the device, he has never run into any problems that couldn't be remedied with simple troubleshooting techniques. In the robot's defense, the surgeon says he believes it provides much more benefit to a patient because of the shorter recovery time they experience as a result. System experts also perform safety checks on the equipment quarterly.

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