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January 2017 Archives

Antibiotic techniques in hospitals likely ineffective

Hospitals have long used two primary techniques for determining which antibiotics to administer when a patient has an infection. These two are cycling and mixing. A recent study shows that neither of these methods is effective. Instead, patients should be given the appropriate antibiotic for the condition without any regard to cycling or mixing.

What happens if a medical condition isn't properly diagnosed?

When you visit a doctor, you would think that you are going to get a diagnosis that will enable you to get the treatments you need to get back on track. There is sometimes a chance that this won't happen because of a failure to diagnose. There are two types of errors that can occur with a diagnosis. One of these is a complete failure to diagnose a condition and the other is making an incorrect diagnosis.

Most common causes of accidents in Greenville

Car accidents happen so often on the roads in Greenville that it is not uncommon for you to see them on a daily basis. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, there were 1,399 fatal motor vehicle wrecks in South Carolina in 2015. Knowing the common causes of these accidents can make it easier for you to take preventive measures in the future so you do not become involved in one.

Identifying the signs of nursing home abuse and neglect

Nursing homes are great options for Greenville seniors who are no longer capable of living safely on their own. However, they can also be a source of harm. Many seniors are injured and die from episodes of nursing home abuse and neglect each year. As a relative of an elderly person who is in the care of a nursing home or assisted-living facility, you should be concerned about the health, safety and well-being of your loved one at all times. Knowing how to spot the signs of abuse and neglect are the first steps you can take to protect your senior family member.

Lawmakers looking into revamp of medical malpractice cases

The powers that be in Washington are looking at revamping the medical malpractice tort system. Some elected officials seem to think that there is a crisis involving medical malpractice claims; however, experts say this isn't the case. These experts note that even if you take out the inflation rate adjustments, doctors today are paying less for malpractice insurance than what they were paying in 2001.

Medication errors can impact lives forever

In our recent blog post, we discussed how registered nurses are responsible for a good number of medication errors in hospitals. This shocking news means that many patients who trust nurses to care for them properly might end up being harmed. We know that facing the realities that occur after a medication error can be harrowing.

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