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June 2015 Archives

New technology tries to reduce dangers of a truck accident

Large trucks are a frequent sight on Ohio roadways. One problem drivers of other vehicles face when behind a big rig is knowing whether or not it is safe to attempt a pass on a two-lane road, and there is a danger to passing blindly. With that in mind, Samsung tested a new innovation to determine if it can alleviate this issue.

Scientists say MRI drug leaves behind toxic residue

Many patients in Ohio who have undergone magnetic resonance imaging were likely given intravenous drugs called gadolinium-based contrast agents. Gandolinium is a toxic metal that is administered to patients before an MRI in order to optimize visibility of the inside of the patient's body. Now, researchers say that there is clear evidence that the administration of GBCAs leads to accumulations of the metal in patients' brains and bones.

Study of brain injury patients finds increased death rate

Ohio residents who have suffered a mild traumatic brain injury might have health consequences from it in the future. A study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry examined data collected from a group of people admitted to the hospital for mild brain injuries. Researchers from Glasgow and Edinburgh tracked the patients for 15 years. When comparing the results to control groups, they saw that those who suffered mild brain injuries had a higher rate of mortality.

6 killed, 7 injured in balcony collapse

Ohio students may be shocked to learn that six people were killed in California when a balcony collapsed on June 16 during a college party. The six individuals were identified as three women and three men all within their early 20s. Seven other individuals suffered injuries due to the collapse; although, the severity of their injuries have not been reported.

Proactive patients reduce risk of hospital mistakes

Worries about medical expenses are common amongst Ohio residents considering voluntary hospital admission. The risks run much deeper than money, however, with an estimated 400,000 preventable deaths each year caused by medical professional negligence. While a medical malpractice lawsuit can potentially help recover monetary damages, it won't turn back the clock on a wrongful death, disability or loss of career opportunity. Patients may benefit from one safety expert's advice.

Ohio brain injury patients and cumulative trauma.

The brain is a sensitive organ, and even small bumps have the potential to cause damage over time. The effects of head trauma caused by contact sports have been investigated by researchers, but most studies only look into hits that result in concussions. Ohio patients may be interested in a Stanford University study that examined the effects of smaller hits that caused the brain to bump against the inside of the skull. The study concluded that even seemingly insignificant injuries can build up over time to cause damage.

Surgical errors still too frequent in Ohio

A recent study published in a recent edition of JAMA Surgery indicates that although major surgical mistakes are uncommon, they are still occurring. Called "never events" by many, because they are completely avoidable and should never take place, these mistakes include wrong site surgeries and leaving medical implements inside patients. Wrong site surgeries can involve operating on the wrong side or body part of a patient or even the wrong patient.

NTSB calls for standard safety features in Ohio vehicles

The National Transportation Safety Board is yet again calling for automotive manufacturers to make collision avoidance systems a standard feature in all new commercial and passenger vehicles. These features can add a considerable amount to the cost of a new vehicle, and while a leading industry trade group has stated that it should be up to consumers to decide if they want them, the NTSB points out that thousands of deaths and injuries could be prevented every year with their inclusion in all vehicles.

Mayo identifies common human errors in surgery mistakes

Ohio patients may be interested in the results of a recently-published study dealing with with surgical errors. These mistakes, deemed "never events" because they are never supposed to happen, include doing wrong side or wrong site surgery, putting in the wrong implant, leaving an object in a person after surgery and doing the wrong procedure. They occurred in 69 out of 1.5 million procedures over five years at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, and none of them were fatal.

Fatal Ohio accident blamed on alcohol and speeding

The Ohio State Highway Patrol say that alcohol consumption and excessive speed are believed to have contributed to a fatal one-car accident during the early morning hours of June 1. The 24-year-old man behind the wheel of the car lost his life in the crash, and his two passengers were seriously injured. The accident took place on North Ridge Road in Lorain at approximately 1:00 a.m.

Questions about electronic health records mount

Ohio residents may be aware that legislators have taken a great deal of interest in electronic health records, and much of this attention has been centered around privacy concerns and fears that EHRs could impact patient safety. However, these digital records are now being scrutinized more closely by medical malpractice attorneys because they provide a more complete picture of the treatment a patient received than traditional paper records. However, the move toward digital records in the health care industry raises a number of questions.

Misdiagnosis linked to improper antibiotic use

Ohio residents may be aware that the improper use of antibiotics has troubled the medical and legal communities for some time, but the results of a study published on May 18 has shed new light on the scale of the problem. In addition to potentially harming patients, the incorrect use of antibiotics can drive up health care costs and lead to the drugs becoming less effective.

Cancer misdiagnosis, overdiagnosis and false positives

Many Ohio patients who are told that they have cancer by their health care practitioners are victims of misdiagnosis or overdiagnosis. In other cases, cancer-screening tests show false positive results. When patients are informed that they have cancer when they do not, or when they are treated for a tiny cancer that never would have affected them, the medical mistake can cause them to experience undue stress and undergo rounds of unnecessary and harmful treatments.

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