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Care Facility Under Investigation After Assault

Victor Lewin
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Nova Scotia Department of Community Services reports that a 56-year-old man was seriously injured in an apparent assault at a special care home. The incident occurred at the Quest Regional Rehabilitation Centre in Lower Sackville, and police say that the victim is in life-threatening condition.
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Estate of woman who died in hospital files suit

Victor Lewin
Monday, May 19, 2014

Nova Scotia residents may be interested to hear about the progress of a lawsuit following the death of a woman at a hospital. The woman's estate said that the hospital's negligence resulted in her death after she consumed hand sanitizer that was made available throughout the facility. The suit states that the hospital was aware of the problem of people entering the hospital to consume hand sanitizer but did not take sufficient measures to prevent it, nor did they treat the woman after she had consumed the product.
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Possible Complications from Oxytocin Use

Victor Lewin
Thursday, March 27, 2014

In a study with implications for pregnant women in Nova Scotia, researchers found that administering a drug to induce labour could cause complications for both the mother and the child. A group reviewed 74 cases over an 11-year time span and observed that the use of oxytocin could lead to difficulties in detecting abnormal fetal heart beats, unnecessary inductions and a lack of staff to watch over the mother. The related risks could lead to serious injuries or even death, and later to potential medical malpractice lawsuits.
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Woman's Medical Ordeal Ends in $270,000 Verdict

Victor Lewin
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

In a problem that patients in Nova Scotia might be able to relate with, a woman in Saskatchewan told her story of medical woes in what she called a four-year nightmare after a botched surgery left her in severe pain. She blames both the surgeon and the health care systems in two provinces for the medical malpractice mistakes and was eventually awarded $270,000 by a judge ruling in her favor.
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Litigation After Cancer Victim Dies

Victor Lewin
Sunday, December 08, 2013

In a case that has captured the attention of readers in Nova Scotia, the family of a 28-year-old woman from Ontario who recently died from cancer reportedly filed civil litigation against Trillium Health Partners who they claim contributed to her death. The radiologist who allegedly misdiagnosed the woman earlier this year was also named in the lawsuit. The woman initially filed the claim, which suggests hospital negligence occurred, in mid-November, but she lost her life to the disease a few weeks later.
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Woman Survives Fall, Receives Substandard Hospital Care

Victor Lewin
Thursday, November 21, 2013

Nova Scotia patients may have heard that, when an elderly woman fell down a long flight of stairs and slipped into a coma in November 2010, doctors' prognosis was not good. She suffered numerous brain hemorrhages, for which doctors declined to operate. She woke from her coma within a few days, but she then suffered a cardiac arrest that caused further brain damage. She was given an emergency tracheostomy and a stomach feeding tube to keep her alive, and doctors warned that she would not survive the ordeal.
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Hospital Facing Malpractice Suit

Victor Lewin
Friday, November 15, 2013

In a case that might concern Nova Scotia patients, a deceased woman's family is suing a hospital after she died from an infection the day after she was discharged from the facility. The medical malpractice suit names the Montreal hospital and four doctors as having been negligent, though none of the doctors had a negative disciplinary record. The four doctors who are named in the complaint each examined the woman the day after a painful exam and decided to discharge her.
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Doctor Commits Medical Malpractice: Medical Care Required to be Informed by Hospital Policies

Victor Lewin
Friday, October 11, 2013

A new medical malpractice decision from the Court of Appeal was released earlier this summer. It affirms a finding of medical negligence on the part of a doctor. This case is important in that it highlights that issues concerning the responsibilities of the various doctors involved in a patient's care must be considered in light of a Hospital's policies.
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Recording Surgeries to Protect Patients

Victor Lewin
Friday, October 11, 2013

A doctor has come up with a creative way to reduce errors during surgery that could impact medical professionals and patients in Nova Scotia and across the nation. By recording and logging everything that happens during the operation via an 'O.R. black box," he thinks thousands of surgical errors that result in hundreds of fatalities in the nation annually will be reduced. The recording device helps medical professionals recognize mistakes and possibly prevent them from happening again. A patient who was the subject of the system during surgery expressed her confidence with the new technology and believes it will benefit doctors and patients alike. ..