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Can This Campaign Prevent the Improper Administration of Cancer Treatments?

A national campaign has recently formed to reduce the number of cases of improper administration of cancer treatments. A mistake where doctors improperly administer chemotherapy has been killing patients rather than helping them. A campaign known as Just Bag It is hoping to put a stop to that. How Can We Make Cancer Treatments Safer? Occasionally, due to medical malpractice, the chemo drug Vincristine is injected into the spinal column instead of the vein. This can be a fatal mistake for cancer patients. The campaign is aiming to use an IV to administer the drug instead. This would eliminate the risk while still providing the medication just as effectively. Currently, about half of all hospitals already administer chemotherapy this way, but a recent campaign out of Philadelphia is hoping to spread that to every hospital in the country. The program is being run by the National Comprehensive Cancer network. According…
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Ben Carson Was Sued Six Times for Medical Malpractice

After attending Yale and the University of Michigan School of Medicine, Ben Carson quickly rose through the ranks and was named director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins at age 33, making him the youngest director ever appointed at that hospital. He came under the spotlight in 1987 when he became the first surgeon to separate twins who were conjoined at the head. He resigned in 2013, saying “I’d much rather quit when I’m at the top of my game.” Carson has been relying heavily on his reputation as a brain surgeon during his Presidential campaign, but records show that the Republican candidate’s history is not without its flaws. Multiple publications have released information on a number of medical malpractice suits against Carson going back to the 1980’s. Carson has been sued at least six times. According to one lawsuit, Carson allegedly botched an operation to replace a shunt in…
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New Jersey ER Wait Times Among the Worst

Have you visited a New Jersey emergency room recently? How was your wait? According to New Jersey 101.5, the average person in the Garden State has a 30-minute waiting room experience when visiting a hospital emergency room, placing the New Jersey in the bottom 10, as far as state wait times. The statistics come from ProPublica, which used data tracked by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to compile wait times. In addition to long waiting room periods, once a patient is taken in to see a doctor in New Jersey, he or she spends on average 148 minutes at a facility. This is 15 minutes longer than the national average. Additionally, once patents are actually admitted to a hospital, on average, it takes them 143 minutes to get to their room, which is far greater than the national average of 97 minutes. The extended wait times have…
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