The Presence of Drug-Resistant Bacteria in Hospital Sinks

When you visit a hospital, you expect the facility to be clean and sterile. In fact, hospitals must adhere to strict regulations when it comes to cleanliness. However, a new study at a hospital in Milwaukee found that strains of drug-resistant bacteria existed in multiple sink drains in the hospital. In spaces where sick patients reside each day, these bacteria can pose a significant hazard. Drug-Resistant Bacteria Study A study published in the American Journal of Infection Control examined the cleanliness of a 26-bed intensive care unit in Milwaukee. The hospital had an open concept design for each room, with…

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What Can You Do When Your Doctor Is Negligent?

A recent study indicates that medical errors may now be the third leading cause of death in the United States. Two hundred fifty thousand people a year die not due to any disease, but to hospital and clinic oversights and mistakes. It is a deadly problem that could happen to anyone, regardless of medical history, age, or any other demographic. Anyone who visits a hospital is potentially at risk. Many Opportunities for Mistakes Even a good doctor is not above the occasional mistake, often missing key information in what may be a complex case. There are many reasons why health…

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Advances in Medical Tech Don’t Necessarily Guarantee Safety

Progress in the field of medicine and surgery continues to advance, instilling in patients greater trust in the safety of procedures. It is important to be aware, however, that physician error and malpractice can still occur, even with the latest technology at hospitals’ disposal. The da Vinci Surgical System The da Vinci surgical system is a robot designed to make surgeries and recovery more efficient. Its precision should lead to less scarring and less recovery time for the patient. Complications have fallen to under 3 percent when surgeons use it. Intuitive Surgical, the makers of da Vinci, as well as…

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Winter Can Be Hard on the Heart

The cold and the snow of common with winter weather can also be health hazards. The cold air can decrease oxygen flow to the heart by constricting blood vessels. Even simple acts like walking become more challenging, and many individuals are at risk for a heart attack. Strenuous Activities Many people perform activities in the winter which they cannot during warmer weather. Cross-country and downhill skiing can be strenuous activities if your body is not prepared for them. Shoveling snow also puts a strain on the heart. Even pushing a snow blower carries a risk. Everyday activities become more difficult…

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Electric Scooters Are Sending People to the Emergency Room

Scooters are becoming more and more popular, especially in cities, where commuters might find a car to be inconvenient. A scooter allows for rapid transit along city streets without the hassle of parking. As scooter use increases, however, emergency room visits have sky-rocketed. Injuries It is common for scooter accidents to cause broken noses, wrists and shoulders, as well as facial fractures and lacerations. As with any other kind of vehicular accident, the victim may sustain permanent brain damage from blunt head trauma. At this time there is no national data on scooter injuries, but if you talk to emergency…

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Doctor Burnout: Risks, Causes, and Consequences

Doctors have a very strenuous job – however, their job is also extremely important to the well-being of the people they treat. Many physicians report feeling stressed and burned out as a result of their profession, which can lead to dangerous medical errors. Have you suffered injuries due to doctor burnout? Doctor Burnout Statistics A national survey found that over half of American doctors experience burnout, making them more likely to cause medical errors. Out of the 6,700 clinic and hospital physicians surveyed: Over 10% of doctors stated that they committed at least one severe medical mistake in the three…

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CRISPR Dangers: Myths vs Facts

Gene editing technology is advancing quickly in labs across the United States. However, breakthroughs have prompted a backlash from the public due to ethical concerns. CRISPR, one of the most advanced gene editing technologies, is at the forefront of this criticism. What is CRISPR, and do we have to be worried about it? What Is CRISPR? CRISPR is a form of gene editing technology which can allow for much higher precision manipulating genes, compared to older tools. In 2017, CRISPR scientists repaired a genetic mutation that could lead to a heart defect in an embryo. While CRISPR could prevent babies…

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The Importance of Scribes in Emergency Room Settings

Visiting the emergency room can be a stressful experience for patients and medical staff alike. However, many hospitals can make the experience smoother and eliminate the risk of physician errors. A study by Australian emergency room doctors examined the importance of professional scribes in these settings. Study Design and Participants A scribe is a person who works with a doctor to record a doctor’s instructions, patient history and all facts relevant to treatment. The research team aimed to evaluate how productivity could increase when scribes worked in Australian emergency departments. Multiple hospitals participated in this study – five emergency departments…

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Can Thieves Unlock Your Car Electronically?

Do you have an electronic lock on your vehicle? You may be at risk for car theft. Many people have reported experiencing difficulties unlocking their cars in public places. Authorities believe that radio frequency jammers could impact how people can unlock their cars and enable car thieves to break in. What Are Radio Frequency Jammers? Radio frequency jammers are devices that could prevent the reception of radio waves to devices that need it to function. Jammers emit what is known as an “electromagnetic disturbance” on a band that is too intense for the device to receive the frequency. Jammers can…

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Staying Safe During Extreme Cold Temperatures

Much of the United States recently experienced extremely cold temperatures. The Polar Vortex can be quite dangerous – many people risk serious health conditions, such as hypothermia, during these cold temperatures. Follow these Far North tips to stay safe and warm during the Polar Vortex. Wear Lots of Layers If you’re not used to cold weather, you may believe that you do not have an appropriate winter wardrobe. The key to surviving the winter does not necessarily involve special cold weather gear – layers are key. By layering lots of clothes on top of each other, you can trap warm…

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