March 13, 2013

Heart Disease

Posted in HEART DISEASE tagged , , , , , , , at 10:49 pm by PCOSLady

HEART DISEASE
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PCOS Lady:
Many of us only hear from our doctors to watch our lipids and blood pressure!
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The Life Extension Foundation details why each of these 17 daggers are triggers!
www.lef.com
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HEART: Arterial Disease
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Any one of these “daggers” can initiate and propagate vascular disease… In the real world aging humans suffer small pricks from the point of the daggers over a lifetime… The cumulative effect of these dagger pricks (risk factors) is arterial occlusion and, far too often, stroke or acute heart attack….
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~ low blood EPA/DHA
~ elevated C-reactive Protein
~ excess LDL
~ excess Insulin
~ Low HDL
~ High Glucose
~ Nitric Oxide Deficit
~ Insufficient Vitamin D
~ Low Vitamin K
~ Excess Estrogen
~ Excess Triglycerides
~ Low Free Testosterone
~ Excess Fibrinogen
~ Excess Homocysteine
~ Hypertension
~ Excess Cholesterol
~ Oxidized LDL
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SITES
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Moderate Arsenic in Environment Tied to Higher Heart Attack, Stroke Risk
http://www.everydayhealth.com/heart-health/0924/moderate-arsenic-in-environment-tied-to-higher-heart-attack-stroke-risk.aspx?xid=aol_eh-cardio_6_20130923_&aolcat=ESR&icid=maing-
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~ Everyday Health …. Moderate Arsenic in Environment Tied to Higher Heart Attack, Stroke Risk … Researchers suspect groundwater and certain foods raised levels of chemical in study of Native Americans.
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‘Crown’ baldness associated with higher risk of heart disease, analysis finds
http://www.minnpost.com/second-opinion/2013/04/crown-baldness-associated-higher-risk-heart-disease-analysis-finds
~ Susan Perry … 04/04/13 … ‘Crown’ baldness associated with higher risk of heart disease, analysis finds… Male pattern baldness is associated with an increased risk of heart disease, but only if the baldness is on the crown of the head, a new meta-analysis of previous studies reports. Among men with receding hairlines, no significant increase in risk was found.
~ A possible marker… The reasons for the association between baldness and heart disease are unclear, the meta-analysis authors point out. It may be, however, that top-of-the-head baldness is a marker for insulin resistance or chronic inflammation or some other factor that promotes heart disease.
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TESTS:
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HEART
Cardiac CT ~ 3D scan is 98% accurate
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GOOGLE:

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Mercury ~ QP

Posted in QUICK PRINTS tagged , , at 8:13 pm by PCOSLady

Metals are in YOU! ~ Called free radicals ~  They cause medical conditions as well... ~ Body is a conductor...

Metals are in YOU! ~ Called free radicals ~ They cause medical conditions as well… ~ Body is a conductor…


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MERCURY POISONING
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PCOS Lady:
You may have a few, all or maybe more of than the symptoms listed…
~ If your tooth is bothering you do not let your dentist pull your good teeth!
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Mouth Remedy ~ Try one or another depending on sensations…
~ Salt water rinse ~ Good before sleeping or to take discomfort away fast for a while…
~ Vinegar rinse ~ Takes sensation away …
~ Peroxide rinse ~ Takes sensation away …
~ Lay a brewed tea bag against teeth and cheek for awhile to overnight …
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Mercury Poisoning Symptom List
http://www.claybaths.com.au/mercury_poisoning_test.html
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HEAD:
~ headaches ~ migraines ~ stuffy sinuses ~ vision problems ~ hearing difficulties ~ memory loss ~ lack of concentration ~ insomnia
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MOUTH & THROAT:
~ chronic hoarseness ~ sore throats ~ cols sores ~ bleeding gums ~ painful gums ~ swollen glands in throat ~ thyroid problems
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CHEST & CARDIOVASCULAR:
~ asthma ~ bronchitis ~ chest pains ~ irregular heartbeat ~ tachycardia ~ high blood pressure
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STOMACH & G.I. TRACT:
~ bloating ~ constipation ~ Crohn’s Disease ~ diarrhea ~ gastrointestinal problems ~ IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome ~ Stomach Ulcers (Helicobacter Pylorii)
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KIDNEYS & BLADDER:
~ frequent urination ~ bladder infections
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NEUROMUSCULAR:
~ muscle tremors ~ numbness anywhere
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SENSITIVITIES:
~ allergies ~ skin disorders ~ dry, peeling skin at fingers
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METABOLISM:
~ lack of energy
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APPARENT PERSONALITY TRAITS:
~ anxiety ~ bad temper ~ depression ~ dizziness ~ fatigue ~ irritability ~ nervousness
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MAJOR SIGNS OF MERCURY TOXICITY:
~ metallic taste in mouth ~ metallic smell in urine ~ metallic smell in feces
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HAVE YOU EVER HAD:
~ kidney disease ~ kidney failure ~ Multiple Sclerosis ~ ALS (Lou Gerhrig’s Disease) ~ SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythemotosus) ~ FM (Fibromyalgia) ~ CFIDS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
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PCOS Lady:
~ Do a Heavy Metals Cleanse ASAP…
~ Look for a holistic dentist to remove all metal and dental work…

Parasites

Posted in QUICK PRINTS tagged at 7:32 pm by PCOSLady

Wreaking Havoc in "YOU"

Wreaking Havoc in “YOU”


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PARASITES (BAD) … SYMPTOMS, SITES, INFORMATION
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PCOS LADY: REALITY IS ~
The hard fact is there is an increasing amount of infections popping up in the US… Most doctors are not keeping up with all the new research and medical things today! You have to do your own research and direct your doctor on what you need, etc… Realize you control the treatment and all that is done on you by law…
~ So many people are moving in to and visiting the US… We are traveling abroad as well… Foods carry many things we can not see with the naked eye! Bugs, etc… hitch rides on planes, boats, trucks, etc… Your water supply may have bacteria, fungus and parasites in it…
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MY PERSONAL SUGGESTIONS: Read more at https://pcoslady.wordpress.com/
~ Symptoms: 1st thing is to keep a journal of your symptoms… This can be comprised of the times, dates, what you were doing and the symptoms, the length the symptoms stayed and the characteristics of your symptoms… It all means something about the cause, path and how to treat it… Include ones you assume are from aging, chemistry changing, etc…
~ Get a parasite test kit from http://www.ParasiteTesting.com first… Know what types you do have, if you have any… Treat to rid them (A 3 month process!)… and then do a cleanse every 3 months after for a year then yearly…
~ I would be sure your doctor checks all your mineral and nutrient levels since parasites steal your good nutrients leaving bacteria and waste behind in you…
~ A month after, now list your symptoms and tackle them with your health care provider…
~ * If you know your doctor can’t figure out why you’re not feeling 100%, you may have bad parasites, morgellons or another condition !
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HAIR ANALYSIS:
http://drlwilsson.com/do%20hair%20analysis.htm
~ Dr L Wilson … Has a list by state of those experienced in hair analysis… This test shows your mineral and nutrient levels and what to eat to correct them…
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PARASITES “BAD”:
http://www.ParasiteTesting.com
~ Dr Omar Amin … Lab is in AZ and checks for every parasite known to man in the word! Dr Amin, owner of the Parasite Testing Lab told me this same thing about the US… His research on 100 US proved 32% had parasites… 100 European proved 20% had parasites… Get a parasite test kit from first… Know what types you do have, if you have any…
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https://humaworm.com/
~ Huma Health … Extensive parasite symptoms list … Plus read through their site, it’s highly informative…Check off and add your symptoms to show your doctor… Keep a copy for yourself!
~ Quoted from: Huma Health https://humaworm.com/deworming.html
~ WHY ARE WE NOT BEING DIAGNOSED?
We live in a modern, clean, sanitary country – talking about parasites is UNHEARD OF. We Americans consider it to be a Third World problem. American doctors are not trained to recognize or treat parasite infections. American doctors who take a Parasitology course (the study of human parasites) are given information and stats from foreign countries, so these doctors perceive parasites as a problem not associated with the United States. In other words, it’s not talked about, not taught to the members of our medical community and is frankly ignored by most everyone.
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NOTES:
http://www.healthline.com/health/heart-disease/women-causes
~ Health Line…Exert: Heart Infection: Certain bacteria, viruses, and parasites can infect the heart, causing heart disease.
~ Carditis is caused by a bacteria infection in your heart… Heart surgery is done to get rid of it!
~ Parasites and dental infections are a couple causes of it…
~ * Morgellons, the crawling sensations felt, sensations in your gum, a loosened tooth, etc… This is another set of symptoms that overlap parasites…
~ More parasite symptoms are redness on your hands arms to elbows and feet to knees days… You may see white spots in the red as well plus may see just red dots that are deep then go light… Heart burn is another feeling you will experience!
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SYMPTOMS of PARASITES
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Quoted from:
https://humaworm.com/symptoms.html
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HOW & WHY PARASITES MAKE US SICK
Before you read over the following list of symptoms, you need to understand how and why parasites make us sick. Parasites are the HIDDEN DISEASE, they can occur ANYWHERE in the body, in EVERY organ, in ALL tissues, and in the blood. Parasites can cause problems that mimic other disorders and are not diagnosed as being parasite related.
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Not only do they cause harm by taking nutrients away from their host, they also produce toxic waste (from their excrement and death cycles) that affects the human body including the central nervous system.
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THE SYMPTOMS of PARASITE INFECTIONS
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STOMACH & INTESTINAL COMPLICATIONS – The sheer number of parasites in the lower digestive system and the toxic waste produced by them can cause these problems:
~ Diarrhea ~ Chronic Constipation ~ Gas & Bloating ~ Digestive Problems ~ Excessive Early Bowel Movements (very explosive bowel movements very soon after eating) ~ Abdominal Pain ~ Mucus in the Stools ~ Leaky Gut ~ Nausea ~ Hemorrhoids ~ Burning in the Stomach ~ Bloody Stools
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FATIGUE – The toxic metabolic waste overloads and overworks the organs of elimination and taxes the central nervous system causing:
~ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ~ Low Energy ~ Lethargy ~ Excessive Weakness
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SKIN DISORDERS & ALLERGIES – Parasites that penetrate the skin cause itching. When tissue becomes inflamed from these parasites, the body’s white blood cells increase to defend the body. This reaction causes skin rashes and food allergies to appear. Parasites also create toxins and the skin, being the largest organ, tries to remove these toxins which causes many skin problems.
Symptoms include:
~ Dry Skin ~ Dry Hair ~ Brittle Hair ~ Hair Loss ~ Allergies ~ Itchy Nose ~ Itchy Anus ~ Itchy Skin ~ Hives ~ Allergic Reactions to Food ~ Crawling Sensation Under the Skin ~ Rashes ~ Weeping Eczema ~ Cutaneous Ulcers ~ Papular Lesions ~ Swelling ~ Sores
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MOOD & ANXIETY PROBLEMS – Once again, it’s the toxic metabolic waste produced by the parasites that attack the central nervous system causing:
~ Mood Swings ~ Nervousness ~ Depression ~ Forgetfulness ~ Unclear Thinking ~ Restlessness ~ Anxiety ~ Slow Reflexes
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SLEEP DISTURBANCES – The physical presence of the parasites themselves are a nuisance to the human body. The body reacts to them during periods of rest, this in turn produces:
~ Insomnia ~ Teeth Grinding During Sleep ~ Bed Wetting ~ Drooling While Asleep ~ Disturbed Sleep – Multiple Awakenings
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WEIGHT & APPETITE PROBLEMS – Parasites live undetected by their hosts. They rob the body of all essential nutrients (they get the choicest nutrition from the food you eat) and you are left with the fats, sugars, etc. Many overweight persons are infested with parasites, they stay hungry which leads to overeating because of the parasites. Depending on the type of parasite infestation, many people are malnourished, they can’t gain weight, again, because of the parasites. This is why parasites cause:
~ Weight Gain ~ Long-Standing Obesity ~ Loss of Appetite OR ~ Uncontrollable Hunger Eating More Than Normal BUT Still Feeling Hungry ~ Inability to Gain or Lose Weight
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MUSCLE & JOINT COMPLAINTS – Parasites can travel to almost all soft tissue including in the joints and muscles where they cause cysts and inflammation that is commonly mistaken as arthritis and muscle pain. The toxins from parasites can also pool in the joints and in muscle tissue causing:
~ Muscle Pain ~ Joint Pain ~ Muscle Cramping ~ Numbness of the Hands and/or Feet ~ Heart Pain ~ Pain in The Navel ~ Pain in the Back, Thighs or Shoulders ~ Arthritic Pains ~ Fast Heartbeat
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BLOOD DISORDERS – The parasites get the good vitamins, including iron, leading to:
~ Hypoglycemia ~ Anemia
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SEXUAL & REPRODUCTIVE PROBLEMS – With a weakened immune system caused by parasites and their waste you also can experience:
~ Male Impotence ~ Erectile Dysfunction ~ PMS ~ Candida – Yeast Infections ~ Urinary Tract Infections ~ Cysts & Fibroids ~ Menstrual Problems ~ Prostate Problems ~ Water Retention
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OTHER SYMPTOMS – More health problems caused by parasites:
~ Excessive Saliva ~ Unclear Vision ~ Bad Breath ~ Poor Immune Response ~ Fever ~ Respiratory Problems ~ Peritonitis ~ Chronic Viral or Bacterial Symptoms ~ Body Odor
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FYI:
Tremors, MS, Fibromyalgia, asthma, metabolic conditions, inflammation (have many forms in us) are all masking the true cause! Parasites in us! … Something to think about… Parasites are to blame for many things… ( 9 out of 10 (most symptoms) and 8 out of 10 (IBS cases) result causes are parasites!)
~ A retired doctor (July of 2012 in Walmart) told me about a woman with tremors… He sent her to ParasiteTesting.com years ago… She went and thanked the doctor cause she was cured of all her symptoms!
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BAD PARASITES:
When (bad) parasites are suspected “you” must realize Quest Diagnostics lab and Lab Corp lab are basic labs and can only check a few types… Per the 800# lab manager: “Quest only tests for what is normally abnormal in that body area.”
* The Parasitology Center, http://www.parasitetesting.com lab in AZ tests for every type parasite known to man in the world!

Medical Malpractice

Posted in QUICK PRINTS tagged at 7:12 pm by PCOSLady

http://www.abpla.org/what-is-malpractice
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs when a hospital, doctor or other health care professional, through a negligent act or omission, causes an injury to a patient. The negligence might be the result of errors in diagnosis, treatment, aftercare or health management.
To be considered medical malpractice under the law, the claim must have the following characteristics:

~ A violation of the standard of care – The law acknowledges that there are certain medical standards that are recognized by the profession as being acceptable medical treatment by reasonably prudent health care professionals under like or similar circumstances. This is known as the standard of care. A patient has the right to expect that health care professionals will deliver care that is consistent with these standards. If it is determined that the standard of care has not been met, then negligence may be established.
~ An injury was caused by the negligence – For a medical malpractice claim to be valid, it is not sufficient that a health care professional simply violated the standard of care. The patient must also prove he or she sustained an injury that would not have occurred in the absence of negligence. An unfavorable outcome by itself is not malpractice. The patient must prove that the negligence caused the injury. If there is an injury without negligence or negligence that did not cause an injury, there is no case.
~ The injury resulted in significant damages – Medical malpractice lawsuits are extremely expensive to litigate, frequently requiring testimony of numerous medical experts and countless hours of deposition testimony. For a case to be viable, the patient must show that significant damages resulted from an injury received due to the medical negligence. If the damages are small, the cost of pursuing the case might be greater than the eventual recovery. To pursue a medical malpractice claim, the patient must show that the injury resulted in disability, loss of income, unusual pain, suffering and hardship, or significant past and future medical bills.

Examples of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice can take many forms. Here are some examples of medical negligence that might lead to a lawsuit:

~ Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis
~ Misreading or ignoring laboratory results
~ Unnecessary surgery
~ Surgical errors or wrong site surgery
~ Improper medication or dosage
~ Poor follow-up or aftercare
~ Premature discharge
~ Disregarding or not taking appropriate patient history
~ Failure to order proper testing
~ Failure to recognize symptoms

Choose a Board Certified Medical Malpractice Attorney
~ If you believe that you or a family member may have been a victim of medical malpractice resulting in serious injury, you should consult a Board Certified medical malpractice attorney.
~ ABPLA Board Certified medical malpractice attorneys are among the best medical malpractice attorneys in the country. Each Board Certified attorney must meet and exceed rigorous standards through Experience, Ethics, Education, Examination and Excellence in professional liability law.

Medical Harm

Posted in QUICK PRINTS tagged , , at 6:58 pm by PCOSLady

MEDICAL HARM:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_harm
~ Medical harm refers to any systemic failure in the health care system that results in a negative psychological or physical consequence. Medical harm is not limited to iatrogenic illness.
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The term “medical harm” was first used after a Harvard Medical study in 1991 concluded that patients incurred a substantial amount of injury from medical management, and the injuries were a result of substandard care. A 1999 report by the Institute of Medicine, “To Err is Human,” further defined the scope of the problem and outlined comprehensive recommendations for reducing harm.
Prevalence ~ In the United States
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~ 10% of acute hospital admissions resulted in the incidence of an adverse event.
~ In 1999, it was estimated that 44,000 – 98,000 people die in hospitals each year as a result of medical errors, making it the tenth leading cause of death.
~ In 2000, it was estimated 225,000 deaths from iatrogenic causes, making it the third leading cause of death.
~ Twenty to 30 percent of patients in the United States receive care that is contraindicated.
~ Adults 65 years and older are three times more like than younger adults and 60% more likely than middle-aged adults to experience post-operative respiratory failure following elective surgery even after adjusting for co-morbidities.
~ Few studies have been done to determine medical harm in the clinical or outpatient setting.
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Types of medical harm ~ In a clinical setting or hospital
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* misdiagnosis – a provider incorrectly identifies a patients condition or disease (ex. a patient is diagnosed with heart burn, a gastro-intestinal condition when he actually has a heart condition)
* under-diagnosis – a provider does not fully identify the cause (ex. a patient with Lyme disease, which is caused by a tick and starts out with vague symptoms like fatigue and joint pain is told he has fibromyalgia)
* overdiagnosis – something benign is identified as happening often with cancer where non-specific cancer marker is identified with the potential that the cancer carries no risk to the patient’s health.
* unnecessary surgery – a provider performs a surgery without utilizing or ruling out less invasive options (ex. a hysterectomy for uterine bleeding before considering a uterine fibroid artery embolization)
* under treatment – lack of appropriate follow-up or treatment, often related to lack of health insurance, or inability of provider to diagnose
* over treatment – a provider provides more interventions than are required (ex. provider prescribes a multiple medications to ensure his patient with epilepsy is seizure free without considering the side effects)
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PATIENT ABUSE
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patient_abuse
~ Patient abuse or neglect is any action or failure to act which causes unreasonable suffering, misery or harm to the patient. It includes physically striking or sexually assaulting a patient. It also includes withholding of necessary food, physical care, and medical attention. It applies to various contexts such as hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and home visits.
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NEVER EVENTS
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Never_events
~ Never events are inexcusable actions in a health care setting, the “kind of mistake that should never happen”. The initial list of 28 events was compiled by the National Quality Forum of the United States. They are defined as “adverse events that are serious, largely preventable, and of concern to both the public and health care providers for the purpose of public accountability.”
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Recommended actions following a never event
~ The Leapfrog Group offers four actions as industry standards following a never event:
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1. apologize to the patient
2. report the event
3. perform a root cause analysis
4. waive costs directly related to the event

Medical Malpractice

Posted in LEGAL ISSUES tagged , , at 5:31 pm by PCOSLady

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE
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PCOS LADY:
FYI: Malpractice, abuse, oopsies, mistakes, should haves, etc… galore are happening every where today! The numbers are increasing daily!
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Many of you have experienced it with your doctor, his staff or in the medical world…
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What you experience may not be deemed malpractice but is serious or the start of a potentially serious matter… I will list the steps on handling these scenarios later…
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Keep notes, keep a journal on “YOU”… Carry your medical records and notes with you when seeing your doctor or leave it in your auto…. You never know if you need info out of it!
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ALL the information is crucial surrounding your malpractice case… !!!
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http://www.abpla.org/what-is-malpractice
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What is Medical Malpractice?
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ABPLA Board Certified Medical Malpractice Attorneys
The Top Medical Malpractice Attorneys in America
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Medical malpractice occurs when a hospital, doctor or other health care professional, through a negligent act or omission, causes an injury to a patient. The negligence might be the result of errors in diagnosis, treatment, aftercare or health management.
To be considered medical malpractice under the law, the claim must have the following characteristics:
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~ A violation of the standard of care – The law acknowledges that there are certain medical standards that are recognized by the profession as being acceptable medical treatment by reasonably prudent health care professionals under like or similar circumstances. This is known as the standard of care. A patient has the right to expect that health care professionals will deliver care that is consistent with these standards. If it is determined that the standard of care has not been met, then negligence may be established.
~ An injury was caused by the negligence – For a medical malpractice claim to be valid, it is not sufficient that a health care professional simply violated the standard of care. The patient must also prove he or she sustained an injury that would not have occurred in the absence of negligence. An unfavorable outcome by itself is not malpractice. The patient must prove that the negligence caused the injury. If there is an injury without negligence or negligence that did not cause an injury, there is no case.
~ The injury resulted in significant damages – Medical malpractice lawsuits are extremely expensive to litigate, frequently requiring testimony of numerous medical experts and countless hours of deposition testimony. For a case to be viable, the patient must show that significant damages resulted from an injury received due to the medical negligence. If the damages are small, the cost of pursuing the case might be greater than the eventual recovery. To pursue a medical malpractice claim, the patient must show that the injury resulted in disability, loss of income, unusual pain, suffering and hardship, or significant past and future medical bills.
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Examples of Medical Malpractice
Medical malpractice can take many forms. Here are some examples of medical negligence that might lead to a lawsuit:
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~ Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis
~ Misreading or ignoring laboratory results
~ Unnecessary surgery
~ Surgical errors or wrong site surgery
~ Improper medication or dosage
~ Poor follow-up or aftercare
~ Premature discharge
~ Disregarding or not taking appropriate patient history
~ Failure to order proper testing
~ Failure to recognize symptoms
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Choose a Board Certified Medical Malpractice Attorney
~ If you believe that you or a family member may have been a victim of medical malpractice resulting in serious injury, you should consult a Board Certified medical malpractice attorney.
~ ABPLA Board Certified medical malpractice attorneys are among the best medical malpractice attorneys in the country. Each Board Certified attorney must meet and exceed rigorous standards through Experience, Ethics, Education, Examination and Excellence in professional liability law.
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DEFINITIONS ~ Related
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_malpractice
~ Medical malpractice is professional negligence by act or omission by a health care provider in which the treatment provided falls below the accepted standard of practice in the medical community and causes injury or death to the patient, with most cases involving medical error. Standards and regulations for medical malpractice vary by country and jurisdiction within countries. Medical professionals may obtain professional liability insurances to offset the risk and costs of lawsuits based on medical malpractice.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patient_abuse
~ Patient abuse or neglect is any action or failure to act which causes unreasonable suffering, misery or harm to the patient. It includes physically striking or sexually assaulting a patient. It also includes withholding of necessary food, physical care, and medical attention. It applies to various contexts such as hospitals, nursing homes, clinics and home visits.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medical_harm
~ Medical harm refers to any systemic failure in the health care system that results in a negative psychological or physical consequence. Medical harm is not limited to iatrogenic illness.
~ See partial list below…
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In a clinical setting or hospital
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~ misdiagnosis – a provider incorrectly identifies a patients condition or disease (ex. a patient is diagnosed with heart burn, a gastro-intestinal condition when he actually has a heart condition)
~ under-diagnosis – a provider does not fully identify the cause (ex. a patient with Lyme disease, which is caused by a tick and starts out with vague symptoms like fatigue and joint pain is told he has fibromyalgia)
~ overdiagnosis – something benign is identified as happening often with cancer where non-specific cancer marker is identified with the potential that the cancer carries no risk to the patient’s health.
~ unnecessary surgery – a provider performs a surgery without utilizing or ruling out less invasive options (ex. a hysterectomy for uterine bleeding before considering a uterine fibroid artery embolization)
~ under treatment – lack of appropriate follow-up or treatment, often related to lack of health insurance, or inability of provider to diagnose
~ over treatment – a provider provides more interventions than are required (ex. provider prescribes a multiple medications to ensure his patient with epilepsy is seizure free without considering the side effects)
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Never_events
~ Never Events… Never events are inexcusable actions in a health care setting, the “kind of mistake that should never happen”. The initial list of 28 events was compiled by the National Quality Forum of the United States. They are defined as “adverse events that are serious, largely preventable, and of concern to both the public and health care providers for the purpose of public accountability.”
~ See list below…
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According to a 2012 study published in The New England Journal of Medicine, there are as many as 1,500 instances of ‘surgical souvenirs’—instances in which a surgical tool or other foreign object is left inside of a patient’s body after surgery—every year in the United States. The same study suggests an estimated total number of surgical mistakes at just over 4,000 per year in the United States; however, these statistics are extrapolations from incomplete data rather than actual event counts.
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List of Never Events:
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As defined by the National Quality Forum and commonly agreed upon by health care providers, the current list of 28 never events includes:
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~ Artificial insemination with the wrong donor sperm or donor egg
~ Unintended retention of a foreign body in a patient after surgery or other procedure
~ Patient death or serious disability associated with patient elopement (disappearance)
~ Patient death or serious disability associated with a medication error (e.g., errors involving the wrong drug, wrong dose, wrong patient, wrong time, wrong rate, wrong preparation or wrong route of administration)
~ Patient death or serious disability associated with a hemolytic reaction due to the administration of ABO/HLA-incompatible blood or blood products
~ Patient death or serious disability associated with an electric shock or elective cardioversion while being cared for in a healthcare facility
~ Patient death or serious disability associated with a fall while being cared for in a healthcare facility
~ Surgery performed on the wrong body part
~ Surgery performed on the wrong patient
~ Wrong surgical procedure performed on a patient
~ Intraoperative or immediately post-operative death in an ASA Class I patient
~ Patient death or serious disability associated with the use of contaminated drugs, devices, or biologics provided by the healthcare facility
~ Patient death or serious disability associated with the use or function of a device in patient care, in which the device is used or functions other than as intended
~ Patient death or serious disability associated with intravascular air embolism that occurs while being cared for in a healthcare facility
~ Infant discharged to the wrong person
~ Patient suicide, or attempted suicide resulting in serious disability, while being cared for in a healthcare facility
~ Maternal death or serious disability associated with labor or delivery in a low-risk pregnancy while being cared for in a health care facility
~ Patient death or serious disability associated with hypoglycemia, the onset of which occurs while the patient is being cared for in a healthcare facility
~ Death or serious disability (kernicterus) associated with failure to identify and treat hyperbilirubinemia in neonates
~ Stage 3 or 4 pressure ulcers acquired after admission to a healthcare facility
~ Patient death or serious disability due to spinal manipulative therapy
~ Any incident in which a line designated for oxygen or other gas to be delivered to a patient contains the wrong gas or is contaminated by toxic substances
~ Patient death or serious disability associated with a burn incurred from any source while being cared for in a healthcare facility
~ Patient death or serious disability associated with the use of restraints or bedrails while being cared for in a healthcare facility
~ Any instance of care ordered by or provided by someone impersonating a physician, nurse, pharmacist, or other licensed healthcare provider
~ Abduction of a patient of any age
~ Sexual assault on a patient within or on the grounds of the healthcare facility
~ Death or significant injury of a patient or staff member resulting from a physical assault (i.e., battery) that occurs within or on the grounds of the healthcare facility
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Recommended actions following a never event
~ The Leapfrog Group offers four actions as industry standards following a never event:
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~ apologize to the patient
~ report the event
~ perform a root cause analysis
~ waive costs directly related to the event
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SITES
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…. Drug Watch ~  Drugs & Devices, Current Law Suits, FDA Recalls…
http://www.drugwatch.com/lawsuits/

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GOOGLE:
medical malpractice
never events
standard of care
patient abuse
~ See also:
medical abuse
aggression in healthcare
blacklisting of patients by doctors
bullying in medicine
bullying in nursing
doctor-patient relationship
Iatrogenesis
Medical harm
Professional abuse

Antibiotics FYI

Posted in WAKE UP FYI tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 4:58 pm by PCOSLady

Get Smart About Antibiotics
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http://www.cdc.gov/getsmart/healthcare/learn-from-others/factsheets/antibiotic-use.html
~ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 1600 Clifton Rd. Atlanta, GA 30333, USA
800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348
Antibiotic stewardship — the ultimate return on investment
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Get Smart About Antibiotics: Wednesday, November 16, 2011
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Did you know?
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~ Antibiotic resistance is one of the world’s most pressing public health threats.
~ Antibiotics are the most important tool we have to combat life-threatening bacterial diseases, but antibiotics can have side effects.
~ Antibiotic overuse increases the development of drug–resistant germs.
~ Patients, healthcare providers, hospital administrators, and policy makers must work together to employ effective strategies for improving antibiotic use — ultimately improving medical care and saving lives.
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http://www.qualityforum.org/Projects/i-m/Infectious_Disease_Endorsement_Maintenance_2012/Infectious_Disease_Consensus_Standards_Endorsement_Maintenance_2012.aspx
~ Quality Forum
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Infectious Disease Endorsement Maintenance 2012
View Endorsed Measures
Project Status: Current
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Infectious Disease Consensus Standards Endorsement Maintenance 2012
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The Opportunity
While many infectious diseases have been controlled or eradicated through the use of vaccines and advanced medicine, infectious disease continues to cause widespread morbidity and mortality, and rising health care costs. Specifically:
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In 2008, hospital charges for infectious disease averaged $96 billion per year with an average 4.5 million hospital days per year.
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An estimated 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV/AIDS, and nearly 642,000 Americans have died from AIDS since 1981. Last year total federal spending on HIV/AIDS-related medical care, research, prevention, and other activities was $21.3 billion. For fiscal year 2013, President Obama has requested $22.4 billion to combat HIV in the U.S.
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), every year the healthcare system spends $17 billion on sexually transmitted infections. It is estimated that in the U.S. there are roughly 19 million new infections every year.
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Providing resources, such as patient education and intervention programs along with continued scientific research for existing and emerging diseases, will reduce mortality and healthcare costs. Appropriate use of antibiotics and antibiotic stewardship are critical factors in management of infectious disease. Antibiotic stewardship provides an opportunity to not only shorten anindividual’s length-of-stay in the hospital and improve patient outcomes, but also has the potential to reduce healthcarecosts. A University of Maryland study indicated that over 8 years, an antibiotic stewardship program saved $17 million.
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NQF has endorsed a number of consensus standards to evaluate the quality of care for topic areas related to infectious disease over the past decade. As quality measurement has matured, better data systems have become available, electronic health records are closer to widespread adoption, and the demand for meaningful performance measures has prompted development of more sophisticated measures of healthcare processes and outcomes for infectious disease conditions. An evaluation of the NQF-endorsed® infectious disease measures and consideration of new measures will ensure the currency of NQF’s portfolio of voluntary consensus standards.
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About the Project ~
This project began in April 2012.
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Objectives
To ensure the currency of NQF’s portfolio of voluntary consensus standards for infectious disease, both newly submitted measures and consensus standards for maintenance review will undergo the consensus development process together, including review against the most recent NQF evaluation criteria. In addition to ensuring currency of specifications and evidence for the focus of the measure, endorsement maintenance provides the opportunity to harmonize specifications and to ensure that an endorsed measure represents the “best in class.”
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NQF is seeking performance measures that can be used for accountability and public reporting in the following topic areas related to infectious disease (viral, bacterial, fungal, or parasitic infections) for adults and children in all settings of care. Measures addressing screening, vaccinations, treatments, diagnostic studies, interventions, or procedures associated with infectious diseases including but not limited to:
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~ HIV/AIDS;
~ Hepatitis;
~ Respiratory infections including URI, acute bronchitis, influenza, tuberculosis and other respiratory infections (except pneumonia*);
~ Infections of the various organ systems including neurologic, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, genitourinary or skin and soft tissues;
~ Sexually transmitted infections;
~ Opportunistic and atypical infections;
~ Sepsis and septic shock;
~ Adult immunizations (except influenza and pneumococcal**); and
~ Infectious disease threats: bioterrorism, pandemics and emerging infections.

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*Measures for pneumonia are being considered in the Pulmonary and Critical Care project.
**Measures for influenza and pneumococcal immunization have recently been considered in the Population Health project:
Phase 1…

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NQF is also soliciting performance measures related to antimicrobial use including appropriate care, antimicrobial stewardship and management of antimicrobial resistance such as MRSA.
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NQF Process
The candidate measures will be considered for NQF endorsement as voluntary consensus standards. Agreement around the recommendations will be developed through NQF’s formal Consensus Development Process (CDP, Version 1.9). This project will involve the active participation of representatives from across the spectrum of healthcare stakeholders and will be guided by a multiple-stakeholder Steering Committee.
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