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November 2019 Archives

How Physical Restraints Harm Nursing Home Residents

Thumbnail image for back view of a senior.jpgNursing homes in the United States continue to use physical restraints even though the risks of serious injuries are well known. Often used to make the work of caring for patients "easier," the restraints can negatively impact the nursing home resident's physical and mental health. When nursing home staff use these devices against medical advice or contrary to the directives of family, they may be guilty of nursing home abuse.

Chicago Gun Violence Victims Are Speaking Out

firearm-409252_640.jpgChicago gun violence victims are speaking out and filing a lawsuit against the state in the hopes of stemming the rising tide of gun crimes in the city. They claim that the city is culpable for the physical and emotional injuries they have suffered because of failures enforcing existing laws. While Chicago's gun laws are some of the strictest in the nation, plaintiffs argue they are not enforced and the protections they provide don't stop bullets from flying.

Medical Malpractice: Communication Errors May Be Deadly

clinic-1807543_640.jpgBreakdowns in communication lead to poor treatment outcomes and raise the risk of potentially deadly consequences. Nationwide, between 60% to 70% of preventable hospital deaths boil down to errors in communication. When physicians, nurses, and other members of the medical team fail to properly disseminate information to one another, they negligently place patient health and safety at risk.

Are States Doing Enough to Stop Moms from Dying in Childbirth?

baby-1531060_640.jpgMaternal mortality rates in the United States are some of the highest in the industrialized world; a fact which highlights the ineffectiveness of existing policies and practices. Many of these deaths are due to treatable conditions and preventable causes. As regulators and legislators pour over statistics, mothers and infants are paying the price for their inaction.

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