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  • Nashville Jury Rules In Favor Of Former Vanderbilt Hospital Patient

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Nov 8, 2016

    Following a three-day trial, a Nashville jury unanimously ruled on Thursday, October 13 that Vanderbilt University Medical Center owes Patricia Greene Gayden, a former patient, $2 million dollars for losing one of her organs. According to the lawsuit filed against the hospital, Greene Gayden underwent a thyroid biopsy in order to test for cancer in May of 2011. The results came back inconclusive, ...
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  • What Are Brachial Plexus Birth Injuries?

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Sep 20, 2016

    Klumpke paralysis, also known as Dejerine-Klumpke palsy or Klumpke's palsy, is a type of paralysis that generally affects newborn babies, but can also occur later in life. Erb’s palsy is a more common form of birth injury, but has similar effects to Klumpke paralyses. Klumpke’s paralysis affects the muscles in the person’s hand and forearm, and is caused when the first thoracic nerve and the ...
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  • The Risks of Gestational Diabetes

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Sep 13, 2016

    If managed properly, gestational diabetes is unlikely to result in complications for the mother or infant. In most cases, gestational diabetes will go away after giving birth. Unfortunately, not every case is handled with the care needed, putting the thousands of pregnant women affected by this disease every year at risk of health complications, health issues, and birth injuries to their children. ...
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  • What Happens After a Surgery Goes Wrong?

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Jun 29, 2016

    What Happens After a Surgery Goes Wrong? Even in the best case scenario, surgery can be an incredibly stressful prospect to face. It’s rarely anyone’s first choice to have a surgeon cut into their body, no matter how experienced or well-trained they may be. In one of those best case scenarios, everything goes smoothly, you don’t feel a thing, and you go home healthier and on the road to recovery. ...
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  • What is Neonatal Subgaleal Hemorrhage?

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Jun 20, 2016

    A neonatal subgaleal hemorrhage is a potentially lethal condition that can affect newborn infants. It is a type of extracranial hemorrhage, meaning that it takes place outside of the skull, and occurs when a vein is ruptured, causing it to bleed into the space between the scalp and the skull. Also known as the subgaleal space, this type of injury is one of the most serious brain bleeds because ...
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  • Medical Errors Could Be Third Leading Cause of Death

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Jun 16, 2016

    After analyzing medical death rate data over an eight-year stretch, patient safety experts from Johns Hopkins have calculated that over 250,000 deaths are caused by medical error each year in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently list respiratory disease – responsible for nearly 150,000 deaths each year – as the third leading cause of death in the U.S. The ...
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  • Types of Surgical Errors

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, May 20, 2016

    Surgical complications happen every year. In fact, research estimates that hospital errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S, with an estimated 440,000 deaths each year due to preventable hospital errors. “Never Events” Errors “Never events” are what researchers call surgical mistakes that should never happen, and are usually caused by clerical or communication errors. During a study ...
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  • 4 Things That can Happen When Doctors Fail to Monitor Fetal Heartbeat

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Mar 4, 2016

    An obstetrician or physician does not have one patient but two when examining a pregnant woman. It is important for them to monitor the vital signs, especially the heart rate, of both patients. However, doctors must frequently check a fetus’ heartbeat, given how fragile their health is. Spikes or drops in the heart rate can indicate fetal distress or other serious problems. If a physician fails to ...
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  • Anesthesia Events: Malpractice or Complication?

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Feb 12, 2016

    Doctors commonly employ the use of anesthesia when a patient goes through surgery or any major medical procedure. Anesthetic agents inhibit pain receptors and generally work in such a way as to numb the anesthetized. Anesthesiologists use three main forms of anesthesia. This includes: Local anesthesia – The drug blocks transmission of certain nerve impulses to a specific area of the body or spinal ...
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  • $1.75 Million Verdict in Delayed Diagnosis of Cancer Case

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Feb 2, 2016

    Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge’s Nashville medical malpractice lawyers were able to secure a $1.75 million verdict for our client whose breast cancer diagnosis had been delayed . On Thursday, January 28, 2016, a Rutherford County Jury awarded a $1.75 million verdict in a medical malpractice case. The case was Peggy L. Kellerman and William Kellerman v. Middle Tennessee Medical Center, Inc. (now St ...
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  • Dangers of Paramedic Intubation Errors

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Dec 14, 2015

    When someone suffers a traumatic injury, the first people on the scene are usually emergency medical technicians. They embody a light of hope in a dangerous and hopeful situation. However, in cases of high risk, it is important that these technicians proceed with care and precision. This can be hard to do in the hectic environment in which they work. These intense circumstances can cause the ...
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  • There are benefits to early breast cancer detection

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Oct 13, 2015

    Due to the claims made by popular media, many Tennessee women may not believe that early detection of breast cancer is important. However, a recently-published study indicates that women are more likely to survive longer if their breast cancer is diagnosed earlier than later. The study utilized data that was taken from 1999 to 2005 from around 174,000 Dutch women. The popular view regarding breast ...
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  • Book seeks to improve nontechnical surgery skills

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Oct 8, 2015

    Tennessee residents may be aware that surgical errors often happen for nontechnical reasons such as poor communication, failures of leadership or a lack of teamwork. These errors, known as "never events" because they are never supposed to happen, actually happen to about 6 percent of hospital patients in relation to surgery and may include surgery on the wrong site, errors with drugs and leaving ...
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  • Cancer patients do better when given diagnosis details

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Sep 28, 2015

    Tennessee residents who have a family member who has been diagnosed with cancer may be interested in a new study that shows that cancer patients who receive detailed information about their diagnosis and prognosis are twice as likely to have a positive outcome as those who are kept in the dark. The study was recently published in an international peer-reviewed journal. Researchers in the United ...
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  • Steps hospitals can take to reduce medical malpractice

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Aug 11, 2015

    Tennessee residents may not be surprised to hear that approximately 85,000 medical malpractice cases are filed across the nation each year. It has been estimated that there are 1 million medical injuries on an annual basis as well. Because each such injury can potentially become a malpractice case, there are ways that health care facilities can reduce their incidence. One way is to implement ...
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  • Legislation proposed to allow recording of surgeries

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Aug 7, 2015

    If the Tennessee legislature follows Wisconsin's example, then the medical malpractice field might have new investigation tools available in cases involving surgical errors. A Wisconsin representative recently introduced a bill that would require health care facilities to allow patients the option of having their surgeries audiovisually recorded. Patients also could execute an advance directive ...
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  • Organizations and governments targeting maternal mortality

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Jul 30, 2015

    In the early 20th century, nearly 1 percent of live childbirths resulted in complications which led to the death of the mother. Advances in medical technology and knowledge in hospitals in Tennessee and across the U.S. lowered the rate in 1987 to less than eight deaths per 100,000 births. By 2013, though, the maternal mortality rate had risen to 18.5 deaths per 100,000 births. In attempts to ...
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  • Tennessee nursing home barred from admitting new patients

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Jul 20, 2015

    A Tennessee nursing home was sanctioned by the state's Department of Health on June 4 after a follow-up survey conducted in May found that little had been done to improve the standard of medical care provided by the facility. Concerns about the safety of residents has led to the nursing home being fined $3,000 and barred from admitting new patients. A representative of the nursing home said that ...
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  • Understanding and preventing misdiagnoses

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Jul 17, 2015

    Tennessee residents may be surprised to learn that a misdiagnosis is the most common medical mistake made by American doctors. Despite increased hospital technology and diagnostic measures such as sonograms, lab tests and MRIs, studies show that 15 percent of health issues are initially misdiagnosed. According to one study from 2013, mistakes occurred the most when trying to identify congestive ...
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  • Misdiagnosis of COPD in Tennessee

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Jul 8, 2015

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a lung condition that affects many people in Tennessee and around the country. Usually caused by years of smoking, patients with the disease suffer with problems including shortness of breath and coughing. The symptoms progressively worsen, and the affliction is one of the leading causes of illness-related death in the United States. Accurate detection of ...
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  • Reducing alert fatigue in Tennessee medical professionals

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Jun 16, 2015

    As the health care industry adopts an increasing number of electronic systems, practitioners may suffer from something called alert fatigue. This could cause a medical professional to ignore an alert regarding a severe allergy a patient may have or a potentially dangerous drug interaction. However, a new product called AlertSpace could reduce the chance of a medical professional receiving an alert ...
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  • Study shows surgical errors are caused by a variety of reasons

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Jun 11, 2015

    Tennessee residents might like to know about the results of a recent study released by the Mayo Clinic that shows that major errors during surgery do not happen often but can occur when multiple mistakes make it possible. When researchers studied 69 of these so-called "never events" to determine why errors occurred, they found that four to nine human factors contributed to each incident. The study ...
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  • Antibiotics used inappropriately in many cases

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, Jun 2, 2015

    A study published in a May issue of Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology says that one of the leading causes of misuse of antibiotics in Tennessee and around the country is misdiagnosis. Researchers looked at data from 500 inpatient cases from the Minneapolis VA Medical Center, and it was discovered that 95 percent of cases involving the misuse of antibiotics involved either a misdiagnosis, ...
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  • Patients get better surgical results with pre-op education

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, May 29, 2015

    A new Gallup poll suggests that Tennessee surgical candidates can expect better post-operative recovery and overall outcomes when proper pre-surgical education is given. These results suggest that doctors nationwide could be doing a better job overall of letting patients know what to expect going in, and could also radically affect patients' recovery, health and satisfaction with their care ...
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  • Using communications technology to save lives in hospitals

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge, May 12, 2015

    Many people in Tennessee suffer serious personal injury or needlessly die due to preventable medical errors. Within hospital environments, there is a pervasive culture of silence, leading other medical staff to fail to confront those doctors, colleagues and superiors they notice making errors, sometimes leading to tragic results. The problem is that staff may be worried they will be labeled as a ...
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