Stents And Surgery Versus Lifestyle: What Are the Most Effective Treatment Methods for Coronary Heart Disease?

As the leading cause of death in the United States, heart disease prompts over 630,000 fatalities every year. Unfortunately, many of the interventions we currently rely on to mitigate the impact of this deadly condition don’t work nearly as well as promised. In fact, results from a recently released study suggest that lifestyle factors can play a far greater role in treatment than medical interventions such as stents and bypass surgery. Stents And Heart Disease: What the Latest Research Says Presented during the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions conference, a notable NYU Grossman School of Medicine and Stanford University study…

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Your Parent Is Suddenly Sick And In the Hospital: What Can You Do to Provide Additional Protection?

The unfortunate reality of aging is that the caretaker eventually becomes the recipient. As an adult child with senior parents, this can be difficult to accept. This is never more evident than when your parent winds up in the hospital, where quality care can prove alarmingly lacking. Advocate For Your Parent’s Best Interests As the adult child of an ill or injured senior, you can make the greatest difference by simply showing up. Of course, given the frantic pace of everyday life, this is easier said than done. If you have siblings or a spouse willing to help out, consider…

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Computer-Caused Medical and Prescription Errors — And What to Do About Them: Part 2

Electronic health records and other digital systems represent a major source of risk in today’s health care industry. With proper oversight, however, such concerns can be mitigated. In the first post in our series on computer-related medical errors, we examined the shocking prevalence of digital-based errors in today’s health care facilities. Next, we highlight several best practices for reducing the risk of such mistakes. Solutions to the Current Problems Posed By Electronic Health Records EHRs continue to promise greater efficiency and better health outcomes, but they have yet to reach their full potential. Available solutions to today’s greatest tech risks…

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Computer-Caused Medical and Prescription Errors — And What to Do About Them: Part 1

When electronic health records (EHR) first took over the medical world, they promised to revolutionize health care as we know it. Suddenly, patients enjoyed access to a streamlined process in which consistent care could be provided across multiple facilities. Or, at least, that was the goal. In reality, however, electronic systems often lead to notable errors that compromise both patient privacy and health-related outcomes. The Scope of the Problem Medical malpractice is far more common than most patients realize, with research from Johns Hopkins revealing that over 250,000 people die every year due to preventable health care mistakes. While some…

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How And Why Nurses Get Overworked, Overwhelmed, And Undersupported — And What This Means For Your Health

Nursing isn’t for the faint of heart. This admirable, but challenging profession can take both a physical and mental toll on hardworking nurses, who often lack the support they so desperately need. In turn, patients suffer worse health outcomes. Hence, the urgent need for the medical profession to address the following issues in modern nursing: Excessive Hours Nurses work long hours, often remaining within medical facilities long after their twelve-hour shifts have technically ended. Grueling schedules are especially common among newly-licensed nurses, with research from the New York University’s Rory Meyers College of Nursing suggesting that over half work voluntary…

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Unexpected Emergency Room Dangers

The ER should be a place of refuge, right? Unfortunately, this is not the case in far too many hospitals, where patients are vulnerable to a whole host of surprising hazards. Infection Emergency rooms are breeding grounds for bacteria, making patients with already compromised immune systems that much more vulnerable to infection. A study of long-term care facility residents published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal revealed that five percent of those who visited emergency rooms acquired new infections. Surgical site infections (SSI) are especially common in the ER. While these infections occasionally only prompt mild irritation, some are serious…

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How Other Countries Handle Doctor And Hospital Negligence

Medical negligence is an international reality, but it looks considerably different from one country to the next. Certain types of negligence, for example, are more prevalent in some regions than others. When such behavior leads to legal action, malpractice claims may be handled differently based on local legislation. A thorough understanding of these disparities is critical not only when traveling, but also in understanding medical malpractice at home — and how targeted changes could produce better outcomes in hospitals and in court. Medical Malpractice’s Link to Health Care Quality The World Health Organization regards the prevalence of medical malpractice litigation…

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What Happens When an EMT Makes a Medical Error Or Commits Negligence?

Medical negligence is typically associated with doctors, nurses, and other hospital-based professionals. Often, however, the most devastating acts of negligence occur long before patients reach the emergency room. Like any medical professional deemed responsible for patient suffering, EMTs can be held liable. Unfortunately, patients often struggle to prove negligence, as evidence surrounding EMT activity is often murky, at best. Common Types of EMT Negligence EMT negligence can take many forms. Some errors may prompt immediate damage, while others may impact later treatment efforts among doctors and nurses. Key mistakes include: Delays in arrival prompted by dispatch errors. Failure to check…

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How Power Outages and Natural Disasters Interrupt Hospital Operations

Hospitals are far more vulnerable than they appear. Even a brief power outage can place patients at risk. Below, we highlight a few examples of the perils prompted by natural disasters and accidental outages: The Peril of Natural Disasters Hurricane Katrina serves as a particularly notable example of the havoc natural disasters can wreak on otherwise reliable hospitals. Many survivors recall the terrors that overtook medical professionals and patients alike as floodwaters approached Memorial Medical Center, where the power was quickly knocked out — and where temperatures soon exceeded 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Eventually, staff members were forced to evacuate patients…

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A Basic Checklist For Getting the Attention You Need in the Emergency Room

While TV shows make emergency room scenarios seem fast-paced, real-life visits to the ER may involve a surprising amount of waiting. Between wait times and slow treatments, experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that the average patient spends a full two hours in the emergency room. During that time, many patients feel all but invisible. Doctors may be too rushed and too frenzied to respond appropriately to their concerns. This is no time to give up, however. The following tips will help you gain the attention you so desperately need at this critical time: Don’t Minimize…

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