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Hysterectomies and Medical Errors

Many women undergo hysterectomies for benign, non-life-threatening reasons, including fibroids, endometriosis, and prolapse. Physicians may express to their patients that a hysterectomy does not pose long-term health risks. A new study, however, suggests that women who undergo a hysterectomy, even when they keep their ovaries, develop a greater risk for heart disease and other health issues. The study compared almost 2,100 women who underwent a hysterectomy, all whose ovaries remained intact, against women who had not undergone surgery. They found that those who had the procedure had increased risks for the following: 14 percent higher risk for abnormal blood fat levels 13 percent higher risk for high blood pressure 18 percent higher risk for obesity 33 percent higher risk for » Read More

Cell Phones in Operating Rooms

Cell phones have become an important part of our lives. We perform many tasks on our phones, making it difficult to put them down. Unfortunately, our dependency on phones has made it increasingly common for us to be distracted while doing important activities, such as driving. Now, concerns about cell phone usage in operating rooms are starting to surface, as distracted doctors could pose a huge risk to patients. Cell phone use in an operating room is much more common than one might assume. A recent report compiled by Kaiser Health News and the Washington Post contained anecdotal evidence of numerous medical personnel using cell phones while performing or assisting with medical procedures. Many of the healthcare professionals who were » Read More

ADHD Drug Use During Pregnancy

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is estimated to affect approximately three percent of children, teens, and adults worldwide. Yet the use of stimulants, including methylphenidate, amphetamines, and others, to manage ADHD has increased by almost 800 percent between 1995 and 2015. Frighteningly, a recent study in the United States indicates the infants of mothers who took Methylphenidate during the first trimester of pregnancy had a 28-percent increase in cardiac malformations. Methylphenidate is the active ingredient in Ritalin, Concerta, Daytrana, Methylin, and other stimulants. The use of amphetamines, which are found in stimulants that include Adderall, Dexedrine, Dyanavel, Evekeo, ProCentra, and Vyvanse, were not found to increase the risk. A study done in Nordic countries supported the findings of the U.S. » Read More

Medication Errors in Nursing Homes

The residents of nursing homes are often among the most vulnerable patient population and are very likely to have a daily regimen of medication. This means there is a potential for medication errors that could range from harmless to serious, or even deadly. Nursing homes employ both Registered Nurses (RNs) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), among other caregivers. RNs require more training and education than other nurses. They are often supervisors, and work directly under medical doctors, overseeing LPNs and Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs). They initiate patient treatment plans, administer medication, monitor patients’ health and care. They prepare IVs, draw blood, administer injections, and take vital signs. They also delegate nursing assignments and create work schedules. LPNs offer bedside patient » Read More

Alzheimer’s Misdiagnosis in Patients with Psychosis

Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s are very difficult to diagnose, especially in the early stages. Alzheimer’s shares several symptoms with other conditions, including frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), which can result in a misdiagnosis or lack of diagnosis. While a false diagnosis can happen to anyone, there may be risk factors that increase the likelihood of an incorrect diagnosis, as shown recently by a Canadian research team. They found that psychotic patients may be at a higher risk of an incorrect Alzheimer’s diagnosis than those not suffering from psychosis. The research team from the University of Toronto examined database entries from the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center (NACC), based in Seattle. They categorized psychosis patients using responses » Read More

Dental Mistakes

People in the United States may have access to the best dental care, but mistakes can happen every day in the dentist’s office. We don’t often think of dental mistakes as life-threatening, but they can be. The following are a few of the most common mistakes that occur in the dentist’s chair: Anesthesia is often used for extractions, but may be used for other procedures as well. It can lead to a fatality if misused. Infection is one of the most common reasons for dental malpractice Infection can lead to brain abscesses, arthritis, and fatality. Extraction can be performed on the wrong tooth and improper care can result in an infection. Endodontic procedures have led to infection and other complications, » Read More

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