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December 2018 Archives

American Women More Likely to Die During Pregnancy and Childbirth

consultation-3486590_640.jpgWomen today are more likely to die because of pregnancy-related issues than women in other developed countries and they are about 50% more likely to succumb during childbirth than their own mothers were a generation before. As maternal mortality rates in the United States continue to rise, expectant mothers should pay close attention to the care they receive.

Did "Reckless Disregard" for Player Safety Cause Disabling Brain Injuries?

football-801047_640.jpgReckless disregard for player safety in sports years ago may be responsible for disabling and even deadly brain injuries today. The problem has gained nationwide attention in recent years as former players and their physicians investigate latent conditions like CTE that may have been caused by repeated concussions or serious head injuries that were suffered during participation in sports in the past. New regulations and rules have been introduced to protect players from the long-term harm that traumatic brain injuries create. Changes to safety regulations today, however, do nothing to protect players of yesterday.   

Recent Death Raises Awareness about Nursing Home Residents Wandering Off

senior in sick bed.pngThe recent death of a Chicago area nursing home resident with dementia highlights the risks of elopement and wandering that occur when long-term care residents are not properly supervised. When residents with dementia, Alzheimer's, and other mental impairments are injured or killed as a result of inadequate supervision, nursing homes can be held liable. 

What You Should Know about Diagnostic Errors

doctor-563428_640.jpgDiagnostic errors can have serious consequences that can prolong pain and suffering, and at worst, claim a patient's life. These types of mistakes are very common and their frequency raises serious concerns over patient safety in the United States. Diagnostic errors are more common than surgical mistakes and patients should be aware of the most common types of errors that occur in hospitals, outpatient care facilities, and physician's offices.

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