Archives for June 2014

Retained surgical sponges: A serious problem in hospitals

Many patients put their complete trust in their physician when they go into the hospital for a medical procedure. A Johns Hopkins study conducted in 2012 revealed that over 4,000 surgical errors are made by medical professionals annually. Additionally, an analysis of data collected in hospitals between the years 1990 and 2010 revealed that doctors leave sponges inside of a patient’s body during … [Read more...]

Nevada fails nursing home care review

A recent report based off data collected in 2012 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services discovered that many elderly nursing home residents in Nevada are faced with mistreatment, patient abuse, and neglect. Nevada is one of two states in the country where health inspectors found one or more deficiencies with every nursing home in the state. The report also noted that one out of every … [Read more...]

Increasing your awareness of motorcycles

Four States recently reported that a motorcyclist on a Nevada highway died after a teenage driver pulled into the rider’s path. The teenager was apparently stopped and it is uncertain whether the teen didn’t see the driver or whether the teen thought there was enough room to pull out onto the road.  Every year, motorcyclists suffer a severe injury or are killed by drivers who fail to yield to them … [Read more...]

Technology and drunk driving prevention

Over the past few years, officials have been alarmed to see an increase in drunk driving accidents and alcohol-related deaths in Las Vegas and across the U.S. In order to combat the resurging problem, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is calling for the implementation of new DUI technology that can reduce or eliminate drunk driving from occurring. Alcohol Detection … [Read more...]

Construction work one of the 10 deadliest jobs in America

Serious accidents can happen in any job, but for people in Las Vegas, Nevada, who work in construction, the risk is especially high. Construction accidents were responsible for nearly one-fifth of private industry fatalities in 2012, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. In 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics named construction as one of the 10 deadliest jobs in the … [Read more...]

Energy supplement product blamed for death of young soldier

Many people in Las Vegas, Nevada, know manufacturers have a duty to make safe products and warn users of potential risks. When manufacturers fail in this duty, the consequences can be deadly, as a recent case illustrates. The manufacturer of an energy supplement may be held liable for selling a defective product after a healthy soldier who consumed the supplement suffered from cardiac … [Read more...]

Las Vegas Police: No longer responding to non-injury car accidents

The number of fatal Las Vegas car accidents has increased for the last three years, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. To reduce these accidents, LVMPD has announced that officers will prioritize enforcement and stop responding to non-injury car accidents. This shift may have unintended consequences for individuals involved in less severe accidents, especially when a … [Read more...]

Study: Human hormone might help brain injury victims

Every year, millions of people suffer from a life-changing injury with no known cure. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1.5 million traumatic brain injuries occur annually. These injuries can cause various detrimental and permanent changes, including physical impairments, reduced cognitive ability and emotional disorders. TBI victims in Las Vegas, Nevada, may … [Read more...]

Reducing your risk of a medical misdiagnosis

When patients in Las Vegas seek medical care from a doctor, they expect to receive an accurate diagnosis that they can rely upon. However, this is often not what patients actually receive.  When a doctor mistakenly says that a patient suffers from one disease while the patient’s symptoms are really caused by another disease, a misdiagnosis has occurred. Misdiagnosis is also a national problem. … [Read more...]