Hospital Falls Should Be Prevented With Basic Precautions

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While it is impossible to prevent every injury from occurring in hospitals, it is estimated that about one third of all falls can be prevented. With nearly one million falls occurring each year, prevention of one in three falls is a significant accomplishment and one that every hospital can achieve if the correct measures are implemented and staff are trained on how to minimize of patient falls. Injuries caused by falls cost hospitals and patients alike— Medicare no longer covers… more »

Outpatient Medical Errors More Common Than Those at Hospitals

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Contrary to common belief; outpatient medical procedures have a higher rate of error and malpractice than the same procedures performed as inpatient operations. In a study conducted by the Weill Cornell Medical College, researchers found that the rate of medical malpractice lawsuits filed against hospitals was lower than against outpatient facilities. Outpatient facilities are responsible for more than half of all medical malpractice claims in the United States. Why is there a higher incident rate in outpatient facilities and what… more »

Cancer Drugs Not Properly Handled by Medical Workers

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Antineoplastic drugs are most commonly used to treat cancer as part of chemotherapy and have been responsible for saving many lives. In addition to attacking and destroying cancer cells, however, these medications have been known to cause serious problems in healthcare workers who have been exposed to them. The risk to workers handling these agents has prompted the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to perform a study on the handling procedures of these medications and the results were… more »

Nursing Homes Bringing in Wound Care Specialists to Treat Bed Sores

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For many individuals, especially the ill, disabled and elderly, spending extended amounts of time lying or sitting in the same position is unavoidable. For those individuals who cannot move about, or hardly move at all, the potential of developing bedsores increases significantly. A bedsore (pressure sore; pressure ulcer; decubitus ulcer) is caused by pressure on the body, which can kill or damage skin and result in an open life-threatening wound. Unfortunately, bedsores are an all too common occurrence in medical… more »

VA Nursing Homes: No Place for our Heroes

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VA nursing homes provide care to over 46,000 veterans who require regular medical assistance due to age or physical disability. Alarming reports have surfaced, however, about the quality of care that is given to our nation’s heroes and as well as cases of neglect and abuse. We simply cannot accept this type of treatment for those who we love and who have put their health and lives on the line in service of our country. As a nation, we can… more »

Chicago Contractor Fined After Worker Injured In Trench Cave-In Accident

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OSHA has fined an Elk Grove Village contractor more than $110k for numerous construction site safety violations involving potential trench cave-in’s and similar dangers.

Trench Cave-in’s All Too Common Danger Facing Construction Workers

Trenches are necessary in construction to install water pipes and other equipment. Building trenches according to code is an expensive and time-consuming process. Therefore, many contractors cut corners, but in doing so, they put their workers at great risk of significant injury and even death.

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When Hospitals Monitor Women in Labor, C-Sections Can Be Reduced

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A new study indicates that mothers and babies can be protected from serious delivery complications involving C-sections that sometimes end in death. In recent years, there has been a significant rise in the number of babies being delivered through cesarean sections (C-sections). New research indicates that labor and delivery clinicians who continuously monitor women in labor tend to have a reduced number of potentially dangerous C-sections compared a hospitals that provide clinicians on standby as needed. In a C-section birth,… more »

Nursing Homes Beginning to See Financial Dangers of Large Verdicts

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The future of many of the nation’s nursing homes appears to be in serious trouble, which is unlikely to reverse course soon. Some large chain nursing facility companies are paying large verdicts when losing nursing home lawsuits and are nearly bankrupt or actively seeking Chapter 11 protection to keep their doors open. In recent years, there has been a significant increase of patients filing negligence claims against assisted-living facilities and nursing homes. Many of these nursing home lawsuits have resulted… more »

Evolution of Foster Care System Still Has Flaws

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The foster care movement in the United States was born primarily due to the lifelong efforts of Charles Loring Brace to provide a better life for the thousands of homeless and neglected children he found throughout New York City. He believed that every child deserved to have a proper upbringing by loving parents and felt that Christian farm families at the time were best suited to care for the children who had been discarded. Both then and now, the foster… more »

Needs of Diabetic Nursing Home Patients Go Ignored

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Diabetic Nursing Home Population Continues To Grow

One in every five individuals 65 years and older suffers from diabetes mellitus. The prevalence of patients with diabetes while staying in a nursing home is estimated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to be one in three. With the advancing age of baby boomers rapidly growing, this number is expected to grow even higher in the next few years. However, with the rising cost of health care across the nation,… more »