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Are Nursing Homes Making it Easier for Perpetrators to Abuse the Elderly?

nursing home abuse.pngBy providing poor training, low-wages, and questionable oversight nursing homes are allowing abuse to flourish. Whether it is financial, physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, owners, operators, and staff members at nursing home facilities across the nation are failing to protect nursing home residents from physical harm and exploitation. It is estimated that one out of every ten nursing home residents will suffer some form of abuse.

Medicated Driving Is Just As Dangerous As Drunk Driving

impaired driving.jpegWhen you hear about people who are injured or killed by intoxicated motorists, one of the first things that may cross your mind is alcohol. Sadly, it is not the only substance that impairs drivers. Many people who operate their vehicles in Chicago while intoxicated are under the influence of medications. 

    Five Signs That Your Doctor is Dangerous

    male doctor.jpgIt is important to recognize the signs of an unsafe physician prior to undergoing any medical treatment. An ounce of prevention is better than the pound of cure and conducting thorough research into the background and reputation of a physician can minimize the risks patients face. Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in America and the following are five of the most common "red flags" that patients need to keep in their thoughts as they pursue medical treatment in Illinois.

    Illinois Traffic Safety Campaigns Target These Unsafe Driving Behaviors

    drinking driving.jpgThe Illinois Department of Transportation's Bureau of Safety Programs and Engineering is working closely with the Illinois State Police to reduce the number of accidents caused by unsafe driving behaviors in the state. These efforts are centered around holidays including Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years when the number of incidents of unsafe driving, and the number of injuries and fatalities, typically rise.

    What Are the Most Common Nursing Home Injuries?

    When it comes to choosing a nursing home, assisted-living, or retirement home for your elderly parent, the more you learn about the facility the better. If you do not screen homes carefully, your loved one could find her or himself living in a place where the most basic of needs are not met. 

    A case involving nursing home negligence does not always result in minor injuries. When a nursing home resident suffer abuse or neglect, the resident must endure untold suffering and pain. Many victims die before help can arrive. Before you and your elderly parent choose a facility, consider the most common types of abuse and neglect your loved one may be exposed to. 

    How Dangerous are Children's Toys?

    bucky balls.pngChildren's toys can be anything but child's play and there are a number of toys that present significant health and safety risks. These risks can range from burns and cuts to broken bones and toxic exposures. In 2014, roughly 155,400 children under the age of 14 were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries caused by their toys. Approximately half of those injured were under the age of 4 years old.

    When Failure to Warn Becomes Medical Malpractice

    warning sign.jpgMedical procedures carry an element of risk and physicians and healthcare providers have a duty of care to inform their patients that these risks are present. When physicians or healthcare providers fail to warn their patients of the risks involved in a procedure, their negligence makes them liable for medical malpractice.

    How to Talk to a Loved One About Nursing Home Abuse

    Nursing home abuse might seem like an issue that occurs only rarely. However, it is shockingly prevalent. In fact, a report from ABC News showed that nearly one out of every three nursing homes had at least one instance of abuse occur. Some of the most common problems that happen include inadequate sanitation, dehydration, and bedsores. 

    When you suspect that a loved one is suffering from abuse at a nursing home, it is vital to take action. You may not know how to bring up the conversation to the nursing home resident, and the person living at the care facility may be hesitant to discuss it. Therefore, it is important to carefully bring up the subject to remedy the situation quickly. 

    Do We Sacrifice Safety for Fuel Efficiency?

    refuel.jpgCars with the greatest fuel economy are often smaller and more compact which can reduce the amount of protection they offer in an accident. While many modern sub-compact and compact vehicles are equipped with the same safety features as larger automobiles, their small size means there is less protecting the driver and passengers from the force of an impact.

    Concerning the Dangers of Transvascular Autonomic Modulation

    In recent years, a controversial medical procedure has been touted for the treatment of multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, and other nervous system disorders. Called transvascular autonomic modulation (TVAM), the treatment involves the insertion of a balloon catheter into a vein. Proponents of the procedure claim beneficial effects from increased blood flow and stimulation of the nerves in the area around the balloon catheter.

    However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning about the dangers of TVAM, and it notes that there is "no clear scientific evidence" to show that the procedure is effective.