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June 2017 Archives

State Pushes for Tighter Regulations on Nursing Homes

Governor John Kasich is pushing for tighter regulations on nursing homes in Ohio. This push comes as a result of inconsistent levels of quality care across Ohio's 929 nursing home facilities. Governor Kasich's plan to improve the quality of care in these facilities is designed to offer incentives to facilities that offer higher levels of care.

Some hospitals do not follow minimum standards to prevent errors

Many medical facilities are working hard to improve their standard of care. This includes instituting protocols for distributing medications, checklists before surgery and security measures to protect patient safety and privacy. Nevertheless, medical mistakes continue to be among the leading causes of death in the United States.

The importance of warning labels on prescription medications

Invokana belongs to a relatively new class of type 2 diabetes drugs called SGLT-2 inhibitors, which helps remove excess blood sugar through urine. The FDA just recently required Invokana to include a warning about a high risk of foot and leg amputations in diabetic patients. This change in the required warning is the result of two clinical trials that concluded that leg and foot amputations occurred about twice as often in patients with type 2 diabetes treated with Invokana, which puts a great many diabetic patients using Invokana at risk.

You probably don't consider this common surgical error

When you think of surgical errors, what comes to mind? Does this question conjure images of foreign objects left inside a patient, a surgeon operating on the wrong person or body part, or maybe a surgeon removing a healthy organ? If so, you aren't alone since most Ohio residents probably envision the same things.

Would new technology help prevent bedsores?

One of the most common conditions for patients who are immobile or otherwise bedridden is bedsores (also known as "pressure ulcers" or "decubitus ulcers"). Bedsores generally develop along bony areas of the body, such as the hips or tailbone, because immobile patients are constantly putting weight or pressure on that part of their body. This condition is easily preventable by simply rotating the patient to change their position or using a medical air mattress, which inflates and deflates intermittently to change a patient's pressure points. Unfortunately, even though bedsores are easily preventable, this condition is not uncommon for many patients in hospitals and nursing homes.

What is your life expectancy? It depends on where you live

The frightening facts about maternal mortality

If you are like most expectant mothers, you probably spent most of your pregnancy excited and full of anticipation. There may have been some feelings of trepidation or worry mixed in, too, but they were likely concerns over the health of your unborn infant or new baby, rather than worries for your own well-being. Frighteningly, though, for many U.S. mothers, their own health — or rather, the lack of adequate health care for women during the maternal period — may be cause for the utmost concern.

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