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October 2013 Archives

Objects are left in surgical patients at alarming rates

Ohio residents preparing for surgery may have a lot on their minds. Few consider that a surgeon might leave an object in their body, an object that can cause infection, pain and eventually another surgery. Worse, sometimes a patient may even die due to this form of medical negligence. Between 2005 and 2012, a new report claims, 772 tools were left in patients and 16 people died from the effects.

Elderly driver injured in Ohio crash

An elderly woman was injured in a three-vehicle crash on Interstate 75 just south of Monroe on Oct. 11. The accident resulted in the northbound side of the highway being shut down for about an hour and a half. According to the Ohio Highway Patrol, it does not appear that drug or alcohol use was a factor in the collision. Everyone involved in the car accident had been wearing a seat belt.

Longer ICU stays could lead to brain damage

People in Ohio might be alarmed to hear that longer stays in ICU units could lead to brain damage. Research conducted by Vanderbilt University suggested that the longer patients were kept in drug-induced comas in ICU units, the more likely they were to experience mental damage that was similar to that of traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer's disease.

Young Ohio woman killed in two-car collision

A young woman lost her life in a two-car collision at about 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 25 near Sherrodsville. The victim was the fifth accident fatality in Tuscarawas County so far this year. Two others were injured in the same accident.

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