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November 2017 Archives

Helpful tips to prevent surgical errors

Every year, thousands of mistakes are made in hospitals across the country. If you are preparing to have surgery in one of Washington’s hospitals soon, you might understandably worry that you could contract an infection, suffer a post-surgical complication or become a victim of a medical error. At Miracle Pruzan & Pruzan, we would like to help you avoid surgical errors whenever possible.

Brain scan developed to detect “football concussion” disease

After the movie “Concussion,” chronic traumatic encephalopathy became known across the nation as a brain disease that has affected numerous former football players ranging from high school to professional level. The disease, also called CTE, is caused by repeated blows to the head. Residents of Washington and elsewhere need to know that CTE does not only affect football players. Anyone who has been struck in the head numerous times may develop the brain condition later in life.

Heart attacks in women often go undiagnosed

When you think of a person having a heart attack, most people tend to picture a man clutching his chest and falling to the floor. Even in the movies, this is how a heart attack is typically portrayed. For women, the symptoms can often be much less dramatic. This is one of the reasons why doctors can often misdiagnose a woman who is having a heart attack.

Study shows gap in pediatric care error reporting

If your child is in or has ever been in a hospital in Washington State and you have noticed a potential problem or error made by a doctor, nurse or other staff member, you might think that if you report it, your report will automatically be documented in the hospital's records. While this theoretically makes sense, the results of a study published earlier this year indicate that this is not necessarily the case all of the time.