December 2018 Archives

Medical records sometimes afflicted with errors

Advances in medical science and technology has not eliminated errors. There is a large volume of medical records containing mistakes that can cause medical malpractice. Almost one in ten people who have online access to their medical records requested corrections, according to Office of National Coordinator for Heath Information Technology estimates. In the worst cases, an incorrect diagnosis or laboratory or scan result in a record can cause inappropriate evaluation or treatment or the administration of unwarranted and potentially dangerous drugs.

Government orders more weekend nursing home inspections

Measures to assure the safety of nursing home residents may have had the weekend off. In order to lower the hospitalization of residents, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that it will increase weekend inspections of nursing homes by state survey agencies reviewing the quality of care and resident safety. The CMS undertook this action after Congressional concerns were expressed over nursing home neglect and abuse.

Distracted driving increases crash severity

The dangers of texting and driving and other distractions is well-documented. This reckless behavior increases the risk of wrongful death in Ohio car crashes and throughout the United States. The severity of injuries in these crashes also depends on road design, according to a recent study by the Risk Institute of Ohio State University.


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