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January 2012 Archives

Brain injury and children development

The impact that a brain injury would have upon the development of an Ohio child can be devastating. Depending on the severity of the brain injury, it is still conceivable that the child will suffer some sort of intellectual or physical impairment for the majority of his or her life.

Anesthesia errors have been reduced

Problems with anesthesia can lead to insufficient blood flow that can ultimately result in brain damage. Often errors in administering anesthesia come about due to simple communication errors between medical staff. The results of such errors can be devastating, but there does appear to be good news concerning its use.

Failure to diagnose breast cancer

An Ohio woman noticed a large knot on her right breast and went to the hospital to get it checked out. The original diagnosis was fibrous cyst. Sometime later, the next diagnosis was an infection. Finally, after some delay, an ultrasound and mammogram diagnosed the problem as stage III breast cancer. This misdiagnosis and/or failure to diagnose did not cause such a delay that the cancer became untreatable, but other women in similar circumstances have not been that fortunate.

Consequences of birth injuries can be catastrophic

One of the reasons that birth injuries often result in multi-million dollar settlements in Kentucky, Ohio or any other part of the nation is because the consequences of such injuries usually last a lifetime. And as occasionally will occur both the mother and the child can be injured at the same time.

Ohio hospital errors increase with exhausted workers

Medical mistakes and hospital errors increase when Ohio nurses and doctors suffer from fatigue. The Ohio Joint Commission, which licenses hospitals, reports that many medical personnel work 12-hour shifts or even longer on a regular basis. These extreme work hours increase the likelihood that a person will make a medical error when addressing patients' needs.Nurses, in particular, often extend their shifts beyond the scheduled 12 hours. This happens when patients have pressing medical needs or are unstable. Concerns from the commission include a decrease in empathy from nurses and lapses in decision-making skills when the nurse is exhausted. Ohio and local Hamilton County officials are working to improve both medical personnel and patient experiences in the region's hospitals.

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