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May 2018 Archives

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

Transitioning to college after brain injuries is a challenge

Around the world, a growing number of children are being diagnosed with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and acquired brain injury (ABI). One of the biggest challenges for Delaware children who suffer from brain injuries is managing their recovery while continuing with their educations and social lives. Researchers are now paying more attention to the science behind how best to transition a child back to school and then into college after such an injury.

Recalled medical devices add to concern about surgical errors

As technology continues to develop, health care practitioners are increasingly turning to medical devices to help in a variety of tasks. While these devices can help Delaware doctors avoid surgical errors, occasionally faulty technology can have the opposite effect. This was a major concern in the first quarter of 2018, as  more medical devices were recalled during this three-month period than any time since 2005.

Brain surgeons perform surgery on the wrong patient

You assume all brain surgeons are smart and competent. Performing brain surgery is a complex and life-or-death procedure that requires skill. Unfortunately, not every brain surgeon lives up to this expectation. In fact, Newsweek reports that doctors recently performed brain surgery on the wrong patient. This happened because of an ID mix-up, and doctors did not notice until they had already been performing on the wrong patient for hours.

Technology may decrease surgical errors by improving efficiency

Technology is often used to create more efficient systems. In Delaware and across the United States, hospitals are using a variety of techniques in hopes of limiting or eliminating surgical errors. Predictive analytics are one of the technologies that may be used by hospital executives to weigh the pros and cons of implementing new technologies.

Can AI technologies decrease the incidence of surgical errors?

Artificial intelligence and machine-learning technologies are starting to become an increasing presence in day-to-day life. A recent report suggests that medical professionals and their patients in Delaware and across the United States may start seeing these technologies play a bigger role in their health care. According to the report, the benefits of new technology such as simplifying processes and minimizing surgical errors could outweigh the cost of implementation to the tune of $150 billion per year across the United States.

Checking in with other physicians may help reduce surgical errors

Medical professionals and patients alike have a vested interest in keeping hospitals as safe as possible. A recent study has given Delaware physicians and hospital staff a new reason to communicate properly in hopes of avoiding surgical errors.  A recent study showed that systematic crosschecking between physicians can significantly reduce the incidence of adverse events in emergency rooms.

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