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November 2015 Archives

Program underway to improve the military health system

Residents of Ohio might already know about a program that aims to improve communications between military doctors and their patients following circumstances in which a patient experienced poor treatment or a medical error. The program gives patients the chance to express their feelings of frustration, sadness, confusion and anger, while physicians have the opportunity to explain why the error occurred, and what is being done so it will not be repeated.

Ohio patients and the effects of new PSA screening policies.

Ohio patients should be aware of the effect new guidelines for Prostate cancer screenings are having on rates of early-stage detection. The Preventative Services Task Force determined in 2012 that the antigen test (specific to the prostate) was more harmful than beneficial to patients, often leading to unnecessary treatments such as surgery and radiation. The Task Force noted that the tested men were at a low risk of dying from the typically slow-growing cancer.

The importance of being careful on outdoor attractions

Many people in Ohio greatly enjoy outdoor festivities, such as carnivals, fairs and picnics. These special events often feature rides and other attractions, including trampolines or bungee jumping, for the amusement of attendees. Unfortunately, these attractions occasionally lead to serious injuries suffered by unsuspecting riders.

Reducing accident risks with technology

Many Ohio residents may not understand exactly how hazardous car travel actually is. So many accidents happen each year that the simple act of riding in or driving a car is one of the riskiest things people do. People actually have a risk of dying in a motor vehicle accident that is 300 times greater than that of dying in a plane crash.

The dangers of sports-related concussions for child athletes

Ohio residents likely know that many professional athletes suffer dangerous head injuries while playing high-impact sports, such as football or hockey. However, many people are unaware that children are just as susceptible to sports-related head trauma as professionals.

Medical malpractice issues related to hospital falls

An Ohio patient recovering from a knee replacement or spinal fusion may be identified as a fall risk during a stay in the hospital. However, legal precedent may make it difficult for such a patient to file a medical malpractice claim if a serious fall occurs. Because frivolous malpractice claims are a concern throughout the nation, the legal system endeavors to eliminate such action through procedural measures. However, this can also make it difficult to proceed with litigation in case of a legitimate complaint.

Long-term symptoms creep up on brain trauma victims

Common sources of concussions include sports injuries and car crashes. Even injury victims who do not suffer from brain bleeding or skull fractures face a chance of long-term cognitive and emotional symptoms. One Ohio woman who was recently interviewed exemplifies the problem of persistent concussion consequences.

Preventing a jackknife accident

When trucks attempt to stop quickly on Ohio roads and highways, there is a potential for jackknifing. This occurs when the cab attempts to stop but the trailer wheels lose traction, causing the trailer to swing out from behind the cab. This can potentially result in a serious accident, especially on dangerous, crowded roads. However, there ways truckers can prevent jackknifing.

The duty of care owed by Ohio health care providers

Medical malpractice claims in Ohio and around the country are based on a premise that the health care defendant was negligent and failed to live up to its duty of care towards the patient. The first question is whether or not a provider-patient relationship has been established. If the patient requested and was given treatment for a specific condition or symptom by mutual consent, a duty of care is considered to exist.

Errors in medication may occur during an operation

As Ohio residents may know, medication errors may cause adverse effects and sometimes occur in hospital settings. A recent investigation that lasted more than seven months at Massachusetts General Hospital reported that medication errors occurred before, during and after surgeries.

Eating more may help Ohio burn patients

A patient who has just suffered a severe burn is likely to have a reduced appetite. This is because of the pain that the body is experiencing and because a patient is typically sedated to help deal with it. However, research suggests that patients who have been severely burned should consume more calories to help themselves recover.

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