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February 2017 Archives

Doctor faces jail time for serious surgical errors

Some Delaware patients are more comfortable undergoing surgery than others. For many patients, trusting their lives to a surgeon can be a terrifying experience. Often, a doctor's reputation and experience aides in calming a patient's fears. Despite extensive training for surgeons, surgical errors still occur. While some errors may be insignificant to the health of a patient, many may cause life altering disabilities or death.

Car accidents can result in tragic unexpected deaths

Driving a vehicle on Delaware roadways is a responsibility and a privilege. Unfortunately, many people neglect being responsible while driving, often resulting in accidents. Car accidents can result in devastating injuries, long recoveries and sometimes tragic deaths. Recently a multi-vehicle crash resulted in two deaths.

Common medical errors in the United States

When you visit a health care professional, you place your trust in him or her to assess, diagnose and treat any medical conditions that you are dealing with. Mistakes in the medical field can have devastating consequences for patients that blindly trust their physicians, nurses and pharmacists. More than 200,000 deaths occur in the United States each year from medical errors that are preventable, and many more suffer from the mistakes even if they do not die from them. One step to protect yourself from medical errors and the long-term effects of them is to be aware of the most common types of medical errors.

Serious car accidents in Delaware can be expensive

Many Delaware residents choose motor vehicles for transportation to travel around the state. When driven responsibly, vehicles can be an efficient and safe way to travel. Unfortunately, when driven recklessly, vehicles can be very dangerous and may result in serious car accidents. Recently, an apparent negligent driver contributed to an accident involving three vehicles.

What you need to know about car accidents and TBI

A common injury that results from car accidents is a traumatic brain injury. Per data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2006-2010, car accidents ranked third in the causes of TBI and second for deaths related to TBI. The same data indicates car accidents were the leading cause of TBI-related deaths in children and adults from age five to 24 years. Adolescents and adults from age 15 to 44 years were hospitalized the most from car accidents causing TBI. Learn more about TBI following a car accident.

Do patients underestimate the risk of medical error?

When you go into the hospital for surgery, your thoughts are likely focused on the immediate task at hand. You put your trust in the doctors and nurses who attend you, and although you are experiencing anxiety, you are probably comforted by their professionalism and the efficient way they go about prepping you for the operation. However, once the surgery is over, you find to your horror that the surgeon operated on the wrong shoulder. How could this happen?

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