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March 2017 Archives

Too much technology may lead to medication errors

In years past, patients' medical records were stored in color-coded paper filing systems and charts. Prescriptions were handed out on a piece of paper, scrawled with the doctor's often-untidy signature, to be handed to the clerk at the pharmacy counter who would then dispense the drug. These days, however, doctors, hospitals and pharmacies in Pennsylvania have turned to electronic means to keep track of patient records. Everything, from a medical exam to the administration of medications is recorded electronically, and prescriptions are sent to the pharmacy straight from the physician's computer. While it may seem that upgrades in technology would lead to upgrades in patient care, this is not always the case.

Are C-section deliveries really safer than vaginal?

When a Pennsylvania pregnant woman anticipates giving birth, she may assume that she will deliver the "old-fashioned" or natural way -- vaginally. After all, Cesarean sections (C-section) are reserved only for emergencies, right? Actually, not always.

Motorcycle accident victims can seek compensation

Whether one buys into the groundhog's prediction about an early or late spring, by this point in the year, residents of Pennsylvania are anxiously looking forward to warmer temperatures. They want to grill, go to ballgames, picnic in the park and for some adventurous residents, dust-off their motorcycles and hit the road.

Even a BAC under 0.08 percent can lead to drunk driving accidents

Pennsylvania residents may be shocked to hear that according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), each day, nearly 30 people nationwide will lose their lives in an alcohol-related accident. This amounts to one drunk driving death every 53 minutes. While deaths due to drunk driving have been going down over the previous 30 years, people still have a one in three chance of being involved.

PennDOT must pay over $5 million for brain injury

Unsafe public roads can lead to serious and long-term injuries. In fact, a Delaware County jury recently awarded more than $4 million to a 63-year-old man who suffered a severe brain injury while riding his bicycle on a hazardous state road in Springfield. The jury found that PennDOT's negligent care of this road caused the victim to hit his head and suffer this injury.

Congress seeking medical malpractice lawsuit restrictions

A medical malpractice lawsuit is the patient's remedy for physician errors and surgical accidents. However, pending legislation in Congress could impede a patient's ability to obtain compensation from a physician or hospital in Pennsylvania and throughout the country.

6 key points to know about bedsores

Nursing home residents often have medical conditions that make it difficult to move about like they once did. For those individuals, the lack of mobility can lead to problems. In some cases, nursing home residents might suffer from bedsores. Understanding some basic points about bedsores can help people who have a loved one in a nursing home know how to handle these issues.

Will self-driving trucks lead to a reduction of truck accidents?

Self-driving vehicles may seem like something out of a sci-fi novel or movie, but as Pennsylvania residents may know, they are being developed for eventual use by a number of up-and-coming ventures. One of these companies, Embark -- a self-driving truck startup -- has officially revealed its highway autopilot system that it believes will be the "brain" of self-driving trucks.

Study examines why brain injury may lead to vision loss

Pennsylvania residents may already know that head injuries, including injuries to the brain, can be incredibly serious, especially when they result in additional complications. One significant complication that can follow a brain injury is the permanent loss of one's sight. However, one study has shed light on why a brain injury sometimes causes a person to lose his or her sight.

Study indicates soccer could cause brain injury to players

Brain damage suffered while playing a sport is most frequently associated with contact sports like football. Other sports with hard hits and unforgiving surfaces like ice hockey are also linked with traumatic brain injury. One sport that does not often lend itself to perceptions of risk of head injury is soccer. However, a new study is showing former players have had chronic traumatic encephalopathy. While football is king in Pennsylvania, those who play soccer also need to be concerned about brain injuries suffered while playing with symptoms arising incrementally.

The importance of legal help after a motorcycle accident

Motorcyclists in Pennsylvania and across the country will say how much they enjoy being out on the open road on their bikes. Although it is known to be a somewhat risky activity, the majority of other drivers will pay strict attention to motorcyclists who are sharing the road. On the same token, the bikers will generally follow the rules of the road, make certain they are visible and predictable, and take as many precautions as they can to remain safe. Unfortunately, this does not eliminate the reality that a motorcycle accident can happen at any time for a variety of reasons.

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