November 2018 Archives

Deaths due to medical errors continue to rise

Patients in Ohio may be particularly concerned to hear that medical errors are the third most common cause of death in the U.S. Each day, over 500 people die of causes associated with preventable medical mistakes. In 2000, the Institute of Medicine published a report that said roughly 100,000 Americans lose their lives every year due to doctor or hospital mistakes, and statistics indicate that the number may have only increased since then. One 2016 report said that patient deaths may amount to over 250,000 annually due to medical mistakes.

Who is to blame for truck accidents?

If you live in the Columbus area, you have probably found yourself sharing the road with large commercial trucks at one time or another. And, if you are like most other drivers, you have probably felt a stab of nervousness as a big rig has drifted into your lane or come barreling past you on the highway.

Delayed symptoms after an accident could mean a serious condition

Motor vehicle accidents in Ohio can cause a variety of injuries. Ailments may occur even after minor "fender bender" accidents. Unfortunately, many people delay seeing the doctor because they feel fine immediately after the incident. But some injuries can be delayed for several days. There are several symptoms that could indicate a more serious injury has occurred after a car crash.

Motor vehicle collisions remain a leading cause of child death

As a loving parent, you probably do everything you can to give your children a safe environment and the skills and resources they need for a healthy and happy future. Unfortunately, no matter how much you love your children, it is impossible to completely shield them from the dangers of the world.

Woman's kidney wrongly removed during surgery

Some Ohio residents might be dismayed to learn that in Florida, a surgeon removed a kidney from a woman scheduled for surgery on her back. The woman had had a car accident years earlier and had suffered from back pain ever since. The surgery was to fuse the bones in her lower back.

Many pediatric brain tumors could be misdiagnosed

When parents and their children in Ohio receive a diagnosis of pediatric brain cancer, the future can be frightening. Because treatment is so critical to saving children's lives and preventing the disease from advancing, a correct diagnosis is essential. However, scientific advances have revealed that many childhood brain cancer diagnoses are actually incorrect. One kind of tumor is frequently identified as another, and the differences are not detectable without newer, specialized tests that examine the molecular profiles of cancerous tumors.

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