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How nurses can help prevent surgical errors

Though surgeons may actually make mistakes while operating, they usually have an extensive support staff. Some of the nurses on this staff can and should take steps to keep common errors from happening in Pennsylvania. Below are a few ways they can do this:

1. Using computer systems, not handwritten notes. The problem is that handwriting that is legible to some people may not be legible to others. The surgeon could see an "R" that appears to be an "L", for instance, and do the surgery on the wrong site even though he or she read the note first.

Autumn activities bring premises liability concerns

Now that autumn is here, are you considering taking your family to a farm location for a hay ride? If so, you need to know that hay ride operators and other "agritourism" professionals are required to keep you and your family safe throughout your visit to their facilities.

Although a farm may not seem like a dangerous place to the average urban resident, the truth is that heavy machinery, barbed wire, animals and other potential hazards abound on Pennsylvania farms. Owner negligence at an autumn activity can cause serious injury, leading to high medical expenses for the victims. Following are some things to consider before you take your seasonal trip.

What is perinatal asphyxia?

You'll often hear soon-to-be parents responding to the questions of "Do you want a boy or a girl?" with "We just want it to be healthy." Having a healthy baby is certainly what a new mom or dad wants. Unfortunately, that doesn't always happen. A birth injury or birth defect can occur, with some leaving behind injured babies who will never lead a completely normal life. The doctor who delivered the baby or cared for the pregnant mother could be held liable for the baby's condition if he or she did not provide treatment that was up to the standard of care.

One birth injury that occurs is perinatal asphyxia. It happens when the baby does not get enough oxygen before, during or after birth. When a baby does not get enough oxygen, there are chemical changes that occur. These are hypoxemia and acidosis. The first one is too little oxygen in the baby's blood. The latter is too much acid in the baby's blood.

What are pleural mesothelioma stages and is there any treatment?

Mesothelioma is a malignant cancer that ravages the body and greatly affects families. Because mesothelioma usually affects the lungs and is usually diagnosed in the advanced stages, the focus of treatment is usually to keep you as comfortable as possible. In the rare instance of mesothelioma being diagnosed in the early stages, surgery might help to remove the cancerous cells.

What are the stages of mesothelioma?

Explosions could stem from a lack of cleaning

Think that poor cleaning habits just mean a dirty workplace that's a bit less enticing for workers and customers? It could be far more important than that. Some cases have shown that poor cleaning habits could, in certain settings, increase the chances of an explosion.

The problem comes when the dust that is not cleaned up is flammable. This was the case at a metal powder plant known as Hoeganaes Corporation.

Cost of leaving surgical equipment in a patient

Leaving surgical instruments or equipment in patients during an operation is far more common than one would think. A new study that was done estimates that two of these types of errors occur in your average hospital each year. In 2010, 51.4 million in-patient hospital procedures were performed; out of those procedures, the studies show that a surgical item was estimated to be left in at least one out of 5,500 to 7,000 patients.

The most common item left behind is a surgical sponge, although there are also incidents of other items, such as needles or fragments of drill bits. Sponges are squares of gauze that are usually two-by-two inches or larger. Nurses are responsible to keep a count of all sponges used during surgery, and do a recount of the sponges after the procedure is complete; however, the sponges are often hard to see because they are used to soak up blood and often placed in hard-to-see locations.

Fight injuries in workers' living quarters: An on-the-job injury?

An on-the-job worker death is a tragedy that affects families, coworkers and employers. When workers die related to on-the-job accidents or injuries, families can sometimes recover financial losses through worker insurance plans or legal action against the company. But what happens when there are mitigating circumstances?

In one recent case, a worker died after he attempted to intervene in a fight between two other workers. It might be questioned whether the worker's fatal injuries occurred in the course of his job duties, because the incident itself occurred after hours. The three workers involved in the incident were at the worker living quarters for a Christmas tree farm in Pennsylvania.

Can I be compensated for my slip and fall accident?

Have you been injured in a slip-and fall accident in Pennsylvania? If so, you are probably wondering how to recover damages for your injury costs, pain and suffering, lost wages and other civil claims. Whether you were the victim of slippery substances on the floor, or you tripped on uneven pavement or even snow or ice, you could be entitled to financial compensation for your losses.

What are the key questions I need to ask? Proving fault in a slip-and-fall accident can be pretty difficult if you do not ask the right questions from the beginning. The biggest: Could the owner of the property conceivably have prevented the accident? Generally, civil compensation is justified if the serious injury was caused by negligence on the part of the property owner. For example, a grocery store owner who does not require staff to clean up a puddle on the floor would be held liable for injuries suffered by the elderly patron who slips and falls, perhaps breaking a bone.

What can you do if you are prescribed the wrong medication?

The pharmaceutical industry is responsible for saving an unknown number of lives over the last several decades. However, it's also responsible for many patient deaths as well. Medication recalls for deadly side effects are well-publicized and compensation can be awarded to the victims. What is not so publicized are the injuries, illnesses and deaths that arise when a doctor prescribed the wrong medication.

It's estimated that 1 million medication errors happen each year in the United States. Those errors contribute to 7,000 deaths each year. Research has shown that one effective way of reducing medication errors is for doctors to use computerized physician order entry. The doctor will enter the patient's prescriptions into a computer, which will can recognize errors in dosages, patient allergies and much more. The research shows that hospitals that have implemented such computer programs could decrease medication errors by up to 85 percent; however, it's important that CPOE systems are continuously tested, and when needed, modified.

Opioid use during early pregnancy has risk of birth defects

A woman who is pregnant usually suffers from a variety of aches and pains. Some pregnant women might get injured during their pregnancy. In all of those cases, pain relief might be a primary concern. It is vital, however, that pregnant women and their medical care team ensure that the chosen pain relief option doesn't affect the baby.

One particular concern occurs for women who are in the early stages of pregnancy, as well as the month prior to becoming pregnant. During this period of time, there is an increased risk birth defects associated with the use of opioid pain medications. While the risk is small, pregnant women should be allowed to decide for themselves if the risk of taking those types of pain relievers are worth the risk to the fetus.