September 2018 Archives

Car accident victims may deserve compensation for many losses

In the weeks and months after a serious car accident, victims may suffer through many kinds of pain during the recovery process, all while seeing serious medical bills and other expenses pile up. If an injury is severe or affects a specific function, it may keep the victim from working at all, with bills mounting while income is dropping.

Smartphone use influences mobile workers' car crash numbers

In Ohio and across the U.S., the number of car crashes among mobile workers is on the rise. There were 5.7 million such crashes in 2013 and 6.4 million in 2017 -- a 12.3 percent increase. In that same period, the number of mobile workers with smartphones jumped from 55 to 77 percent. The vehicle management and reimbursement platform Motus has connected the two trends in its 2018 Distracted Driving Report.

Steps that can be taken to prevent a misdiagnosis

Every nine minutes, a patient in Ohio or elsewhere in the U.S. dies because of a delayed or incorrect diagnosis. That means that as many as 80,000 people die each year because of an improper diagnosis. An effort called ACT for Better Diagnosis is aiming to reduce the negative impact of misdiagnosis. It has identified several different factors making it more likely that a medical error will happen when diagnosing a patient.

Mistaken test analysis could lead to a misdiagnosis

Every year, men in Ohio and around the country are diagnosed with prostate cancer. When determining the stage that the cancer has reached, doctors often use positron emission tomography (PET) scans to determine whether the cancer has spread elsewhere in the body. These scans often measure levels of prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) found in the body. Because this enzyme is particularly expressive, it can be especially useful for imaging technology used to diagnose cancer and determine treatment regimens.

Did your loved one wander out of a nursing home?

Placing an aging loved one in a nursing home is a huge act of trust as much as it is a source of relief for many families. Unfortunately, in far too many cases, the relief is short-lived and the family's trust is violated. Even when a nursing home or other care facility comes highly recommended, some patients do not receive the care and protection they deserve, and the family must take matters into their own hands to protect their loved one from inattention or abuse.

Medication safety risks that may be overlooked

All it takes is one medication oversight to trigger an adverse reaction that may seriously affect a patient's health and quality of life. Realistically, not all medication errors that may occur in Ohio are entirely preventable. Oftentimes, it's not until a serious or fatal reaction affects a patient that risks previously overlooked become clear. For this reason, increasing the awareness of less-obvious medication safety risks may lead to improvements with the management of patient and drug information and communications among staff and medical professionals.

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