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October 2018 Archives

Maternal death and injury report triggers Congressional action

Many advances that have improved safety for mothers and babies during labor and delivery have taken place over the course of the past several generations. Because of this some people in Washington State might find it easy to forget that childbirth is a major medical event, one that may include complications and emergencies and the need for prompt response. A report published this summer by USA Today highlights that, despite medical advances, too many mothers die or experience serious injuries while giving birth to their children.

Families have options when failure to diagnose leads to death

People struggling with serious medical conditions rely on their doctors to make sense of their symptoms and find a treatment that will help. For most patients in the process of developing a serious condition, like cancer, timely medical intervention can make a major difference to the patients' prognosis and survival rates.

Jail staff failed to provide appropriate care

When most people in Washington State think about situations in which a person may not receive an appropriate level of medical care, they envision typical health care settings. Places like hospitals, doctor's offices, nursing homes and more are often the locations at which a medical professional may fail to provide the right care to a patient. In addition to locations like these, a jail is another place where people may need medical care and where it may not be properly delivered.

The organ transplant process

People in Washington State who may be in need of an organ transplant will want to educate themselves about the process involved in receiving a new organ. As explained by WebMD, there are multiple types of transplants conducted today and a wide variety of organs that are transplanted. In most cases, the donor has died but some transplants may include a live donor.