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November 2015 Archives

Study: patient injury often a result of medication errors

Patients and their loved ones in Illinois and throughout the country are justifiably concerned when a medical procedure is underway. This holds true whether the procedure is major or minor. The actual surgery itself is only one aspect that can be worrisome. Other concerns involve the possibility that medical malpractice can occur. Studies are often undertaken to determine how and why these incidents happen. One in particular is raising fear as it found that medication mistakes happened in almost 50 percent of surgeries. It was also found that one-third of mistakes led to adverse drug events or ended with patients being harmed.

Understanding the signs of nursing home abuse

When a family in Illinois makes the decision to place a loved one in a nursing home, it's not a decision that is come to lightly. In many instances, it is necessary to provide that person with the care he or she needs. A worst-case scenario is when an elderly or infirm loved one is placed in one of these facilities and is subjected to nursing home abuse. This comes in various forms, and it is important that the signs are recognized. If the abusive acts ended with a nursing home death, it is all the more important to be able to find evidence as to who caused it.

How poor manners can lead to a fatal surgical error

When a surgical procedure is necessary in Illinois, the patient will have natural concerns about it regardless of how routine it is. If it is a more serious procedure, those fears will be exacerbated. Common worries include medication mistakes, operating on the wrong part of the body and other egregious errors that have been known to happen. Research, however, is looking into another phenomenon that apparently can cause mistakes: rudeness in the operating theater.

Car accident kills two in Cook County after alleged hit-and-run

Accidents are often unavoidable in Cook County. With any automobile accident, there is a chance that severe injuries and even fatalities will result. Regardless of the reason it happened, those who were involved will have a great deal to consider afterward. There can be medical costs and the need to come to grips with the loss of a loved one. When the accident happens as another driver is breaking the law, it can be even more difficult to deal with.

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