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Medication errors occurring in nursing homes

Placing a loved one in a nursing home means trusting others to care for the health and well-being of your aging family member. Most nursing home residents in Pennsylvania and elsewhere have to take medications on a daily basis. Although the number of medications, or the dosage, might change, nursing home employees are trusted to administer these medications correctly and on time.

Over the past few decades there has been a growing concern regarding medication errors in nursing homes. Whether it is the wrong medication, the wrong dosage or delayed administration, family members fear that medical errors will occur if their loved one does not receive the proper dosage of medication at the time prescribed.

Can a DUI charge hold a drunk driver liable in an accident?

Although our Thanksgiving celebrations have ended, this only marks the beginning of the holiday season. No matter what winter holiday residents in Pennsylvania celebrate, there is always a concern surrounding drinking and driving. Even if you have a safe route home or avoid drinking and driving, this does not always mean others are taking such precautions. And when an intoxicated driver takes to the road, this could cause a drunk driving accident.

Being a victim of a drunk driving accident can be an emotional and shocking event. It can happen suddenly, put a halt on your day, week, month or even year, could cause you to suffer severe injuries and could result in serious damages. In a brief second, a motorist could go from driving safely down the road to lying injured in their smashed vehicle, wondering what to do next.

How likely are medication errors before, during or after surgery?

Preparing for a surgery is not always easy. Patients in Pennsylvania and elsewhere are likely concerned about the procedure, what complications a surgeon might encounter during the procedure and how well their recovery will be post operation. While surgeons are the medical professionals that control the procedure, other medical professionals play major roles. And any of these medical professionals could be the cause of a medical mistake occurring during the surgery.

How likely are medication errors before, during or after a surgery? Based on recent statistics, medication errors and adverse drug events occur at an alarming rate during, prior to and after surgical procedures. A recent study tracked 277 randomly selected operations and discovered that in roughly 45 percent of them, at least one medication error or adverse drug event occurred.

Protecting the rights and interests of TBI victims


A Pennsylvanian car collision, work accident and a fall on the property of another are all instances of unexpected events. While victims of these incidents could walk away uninjured, others could suffer serious injuries -- one of them being a head trauma.

How to prevent and deal with surgical errors

According to WebMD, at least 4,000 surgical mistakes happen every year, and that doesn't include mistakes that may go unreported because they weren't discovered immediately. This number seems alarming and it may be especially jarring for those who recently underwent surgery or are preparing for an upcoming surgical procedure.

Though we place a lot of trust in doctors and practitioners, the reality is that they are still human beings and mistakes during surgery are sadly more common than anyone would like. Some examples of common surgical errors are:

· Foreign objects left in the body, such as a surgical sponge

· Operating on the wrong body part or the wrong patient

· Anesthesia or medication errors

· Poor hygiene leading to infections

· Untreated complications from surgery, such as blood clots

· Misdiagnosis (surgery was not necessary in the first place)

Taking action following a drunk driving accident

During the holidays, it is likely that people in Pennsylvania and elsewhere will attend family gatherings and get-togethers. While these celebrations are filled with delicious foods and treats, it is also likely that these gatherings will include the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Although this is not an uncommon practice, it does raise some concerns for those drinking and driving. With each drink, a driver can increase his or her chance of causing a serious or even fatal automobile collision.

Drunk driving can cause catastrophic accidents. These crashes could have been prevented had the drunk driver not been negligent and gotten behind the wheel after consuming alcohol. Victims of such a crash may be not only shocked by the fact that such a tragic accident has occurred, but they can also be overwhelmed with the damages and losses caused by the crash.

Most common birth injuries harming newborns and mothers

Preparing to bring a baby into this work is an exciting and overwhelming time for parents in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. Whether it is your first child or fourth child, it is an emotional experience filled with many concerns and what ifs.

What if complications arise? What happens if a medical professional takes the wrong steps during the delivery of your newborn?

Overworked medical residents could lead to medical mistakes

Individuals in Pennsylvania and elsewhere are aware that medical professionals are required to fulfill educational and residency experience before he or she is able to treat patients. While medical professionals go through years of education and on-hand experience, rigorous training and education do not always prevent medical errors. In fact, the structure for medical and surgical residents could be groundwork for medical mistakes.

There are work hour limits set for medical and surgical residents. And because residents are often overworked, attempting to get as much experience as possible, a set number of consecutive work hours has been set to ensure the safety of the patients these residents are working on and with.

5 ways to reduce the risk of medical errors

When a person is in need of medical care, they are often functioning under an enormous burden of stress. Becoming ill or sustaining an injury is stressful in and of itself, but there are also risks associated with receiving necessary medical care. Research conducted at Johns Hopkins and published by the British Medical Journal suggests that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. It is estimated that more than 250,000 people lose their lives every year as a result of medical error.

Medical errors can take a number of different forms. One of the most common dangers involves patients being given medication that is intended for a different party, or receiving an improper dosage. Surgical errors are another area of concern. In some cases, deaths occur as a result of general ineptitude among medical practitioners at all levels. Combined, these issues have led to extraordinary levels of concern among patients and patient advocacy groups.

C-section risks for mother and baby

It is not uncommon for mothers-to-be in Pennsylvania and elsewhere to have a birthing plan. These might consist of certain birthing techniques, and what she will do when it is time to deliver the baby. While some women are able to live out their birthing plan, others encounter complications during labor, causing them to alter their plan. When problems and complications arise, medical professionals might suggest or make an emergency decision to perform a cesarean section.

While a C-section is considered a safe operation and method to birth a newborn, there are some complications involved with this procedure. These risks and complications could occur if a medical professional was negligent during a C-section delivery.

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