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How to help people in car accidents and other emergencies

It can be frightening to see or be involved in an emergency incident. There are many possible emergency situations that may arise around Delaware, such as car accidents or farming equipment injuries. These situations may require immediate medical response, and those who have basic information about what to do will be better equipped to respond.

The first thing people should do when they come across the person who has been injured is assess the situation while remaining calm. A flustered person will not be able to appropriately respond to an emergency situation. Anyone responding to an emergency should make sure their own safety is secured first and should not do something reckless like running into the middle of traffic or toward an environmental hazard.

Tips for preventing and following up on surgical errors

When something goes wrong during a hospital procedure, the results can be devastating for a patient and his or her loved ones. While surgical errors due to medical malpractice are certainly not the patient's fault, there are some things Delaware individuals and their families can do to reduce the risk of such incidents. There are also some tips that could be helpful for handling the situation should an error occur.

Before the surgery, it is a good idea to have a second set of ears and eyes. Patients should bring the same person to their presurgery appointments. This will help them catch anything out of place, as well as providing a witness should something go wrong. Additionally, it is a good idea to research the condition and surgery as well as getting a second opinion to ensure the medical details being shared are accurate and of high quality.

What to do if you suspect medical malpractice

Medical malpractice is something that most people never think much about, let alone expect to experience. However, it can happen to anyone at anytime a medical intervention takes place. Even the most routine operations can go wrong and result in an error that constitutes medical malpractice.

You may suspect you have a medical malpractice case, but you are unsure of the factors or circumstances that qualify. The best next step is to speak with a qualified medical malpractice attorney who can listen to the details of your situation and advise you on how to proceed. In the meantime, here are a few pointers to help you as you prepare to speak to a lawyer:

New technology may help prevent surgical errors

Increased concern over human error in medical procedures has some looking to technology for better options. This has given rise to robotic surgical systems across the United States, designed in part to reduce surgical errors by providing a predictable, precise and calculated method for surgical procedures. In Delaware and throughout the country, these robotic solutions are currently being used primarily in minimally invasive surgeries.

Robotic surgical systems are run by computers. These systems are typically comprised of a monitoring system and software, surgical arms and a surgeon's console. The abilities of these tools can range from supporting human surgeons by inserting small cameras into key areas to actually complete minor surgical tasks like creating incisions. Demand for the technology is currently particularly high in the fields of laparoscopic and neurological surgeries.

Parkinsons correlated with prior mild traumatic brain injuries

Science continues to uncover new information about the long-term effects of concussions. Recently, research concluded that those with mild traumatic brain injuries (mTBI) are at higher risk of developing Parkinson's Disease. Their findings suggest that Delaware residents who have had such a brain injury should be on the lookout for signs of this neurodegenerative disease.

The research was conducted through a sample of U.S. veterans using the Veterans Health Administration database. Through the database, researchers took a sample of 182,634 and tracked the rate of of Parkinson's Disease in those with and without mTBI. In the end, they found those with a history of brain injuries to have over 50% higher risk of developing Parkinson's Disease. Of those who ended up with the disease, 65 percent had a mTBI earlier in their lives.

Car accidents: Recent crash near beach can ended up in marshes

Collisions can often cause vehicles to run off the road. Depending where the vehicles in car accidents like this end up and whether they flip when going off road, serious damage to the vehicles involved and the people inside them can be the result. A recent drunk driving incident in Delaware cause two colliding trucks to fly off the road and into a nearby marsh.

Officers were called to the accident around 4 p.m. They were directed to a marsh south of the Indian River Inlet Bridge, on Route 1 south near Waters Edge Way. Three people were hospitalized following the collision, and one Newark man was charged with driving under the influence. 

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WILMINGTON - Young Conaway is currently investigating cases involving Zimmer Persona Knee replacements that were implanted in patients after February 16, 2015. According to the United States Food and Drug Administration, patients who received a Zimmer Persona Knee replacement are at risk of multiple complications, some or all of which may be permanent.

How to counter distracted driving

Smartphones are now a way of life that will not go away any time soon. In 2016 alone, over 3,400 Americans lost their lives from car accidents that involved at least one distracted driver, according to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Some people rely on their smartphones when they drive for music or GPS. If you fall into that category, then you may not want to hear that you should simply leave your phone in your pocket until you reach your destination. However, you can at least take steps so that you can use your device without taking your eyes off the road or your hands off the steering wheel. 

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WILMINGTON - Young Conaway is currently investigating cases involving patients who underwent open-heart surgery at Christiana Care Hospital/Wilmington Hospital on or after January 1, 2012. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the "CDC") and the United States Food and Drug Administration (the "FDA"), such patients may have a risk of bacterial infection known as Mycobacterium chimeraera. According to the CDC and FDA, symptoms from that bacteria may develop years after the open-heart surgery, and may include night sweats, fatigue, muscle aches, fever, and weight loss. If left undiagnosed, the bacteria may become untreatable and can be fatal.

Houston hearth hospital accused of surgical errors and negligence

When a loved one is getting heart surgery, people naturally want the best care possible. For this reason, some people in Delaware may move their family members to special care facilities that specialize in certain procedures. But what if the clinic overseeing these transplants isn't as competent as it claims? Recent reporting has raised questions about surgical errors in a hospital in another state that is affiliated with a noted heart institute.

According to reports, the hospital once had a heart surgery program that was world-renowned. However, in recent years, there has been an increase in death and unusual complications resulting from transplants. This has made many wonder whether the hospital is taking less care in its procedures.

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