Safety and Health Reporter

Unnecessary Surgeries
The surgeries to avoid, or so-called unnecessary surgeries, may be numerous but there are four in particular that are reported to be subject to over-utilization.  Stents are tiny, mesh tubes that surgeons use to keep open the blood vessels. Sometimes they can be a lifesaver. However, with all too much frequency ...
Wrong Site Surgery
Wrong site surgeries continue to be a perplexing problem in many hospitals. There is some data to suggest that the problem is actually on the increase. Medicare and some insurers now refuse to pay for wrong-site surgery. As of July 2011, Medicaid has announced that it will likewise shortly implement such ...
Truck Accident Discovery
Truck accident discovery is critical because of the complexity of trucks themselves and the complexity of the relationship between the different companies and drivers that may be involved.What follows is a series of proposed Interrogatories to first the driver and then secondly to the truck owner or company that is ...
Traumatic Brain Injury-Military Studies
Traumatic brain injury has received some further objective analysis through some recent military studies based upon injuries to combat veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. The soldiers suffering these types of injuries from bomb blasts show immediate evidence of stretched and damaged nerve fibers at both the front and back of the ...
Shoulder Dystocia Causes Brachial Plexus
Shoulder dystocia is variously defined. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists defines it as a delivery that calls for additional obstetric maneuvers following the failure of gentle downward traction on the fetal head to accomplish delivery of the shoulders.  A more accurate definition of shoulder dystocia is any circumstance where ...
Medical Record Review
Medical records have now gone electronic. This is significant because an important step in the evaluation of any medical malpractice case is medical record review. Although only a small percentage of U.S. hospitals have qualified for incentive payments from the federal government for using electronic medical records, this certainly is ...
Emergent C- Sections
Emergent c-sections are most often called for when the fetal heart rate (FHR) drops down to 60 beats per minute. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and also the American Academy of Pediatrics have established guidelines that call for the hospital to be able to begin the c-section within 30 ...
Hypothermia as a Treatment in Hypoxic Brain Injury Cases
Hypothermia in hypoxic birth injury cases is a mode of treatment for brain injured infants shortly after birth which has been shown to have significant results as far as reducing the risk of death or significant neurological impairment. The cooling blanket is applied to the head or body and is designed to ...
Cervical Cancer
Cervical cancer misdiagnosis can be curtailed through regular pap smears.Precancerous lesions and early cancers are highly detectable through pap smears which involve a scraping of cells from the cervix which are then submitted for examination. Any lesions detected can be easily removed before they become cancerous. Some doctors recommend annual ...
Available Bank Deposits
Available bank deposits may not necessarily always be available.  Under a recent decision from the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit involving a law firm and Citibank the Court concluded that even though a bank deposit had been listed as being available to the depositor that did ...
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