The AMA recently published a report that documented the thousands of instances where foreign objects, particularly sponges, are left in patients after surgery each year in the United States. There are specific protocols in the operating room that require nurses and supporting medical professionals to carefully monitor sponges, clamps and tools used during a surgical procedure. They are to count each and every sponge that is used, and account for them after surgery.
Do you have a parent or grandparent who was seriously injured in a fall in a Columbus or Central Ohio nursing home? It is unfortunate how many seniors suffer head injuries, hip fractures or a broken neck or back in falls each year throughout nursing homes or extended care facilities in Ohio. A fall can happen for many reasons, but in most cases it is simply a matter of neglect. Nursing homes are required by law to maintain experienced and certified nursing staff, but many simply cannot and do not have enough nurses or technicians to monitor patients and provide adequate supervision.
Ohio authorities reported recently on an accident in Lorain involving a U.S. postal truck that sent two people to the hospital on Nov. 13. The collision took place on the Lofton Henderson Memorial Bridge when the 24-year-old man driving the postal truck lost control and struck a 1996 Buick Riviera head-on. There were no other people involved in the accident.
A Nov. 7 accident involving two SUVs and a pickup truck took the lives of two individuals, authorities reported. The Richfield incident occurred on Interstate 271 at approximately 5 p.m. Police suspect that excessive speed and distracted driving contributed to the crash.
Law enforcement authorities reported that a pickup truck allegedly caused a major accident that resulted in the death of a 27-year-old woman and injured several firefighters on the Ohio Turnpike on Nov. 5. According to police, the Canfield Fire Department was responding to an earlier accident and traffic was stopped. The 27-year-old woman was stopped behind the fire truck in her Nissan SUV.
An Oct. 26 traffic accident in Mansfield left three people injured, according to the Ohio Highway Patrol. Reportedly, a vehicle that had stalled on Ohio State Route 13 was rear-ended by a pickup truck near Kochheiser Road just prior to 5 p.m.