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Blog Posts in May, 2015

  • Seemingly-Safe Summer Toys Can Put Florida Children in Danger

    Did you know that more kids suffer injuries during the summer than they do in any other season? It makes sense that while kids are on summer vacation and the weather is perfect for playing outdoors in all parts of the country, they're more likely to get hurt. However, some injuries arise from seemingly-safe toys and products. Pogo sticks: These things have been around since before most Florida ...
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  • Why Floridians Should Know About 'Dry' and 'Secondary' Drowning

    As another summer gets underway, Florida residents will no doubt hear important warnings about how to protect children from drowning, both in pools and in the ocean. However, there are other types of drowning that most people have never heard of, despite the fact that they can be fatal. They are called "dry drowning" and "secondary drowning." Children are more susceptible than adults because of ...
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  • Deceased Man's Family Blames Doctor for Failure to Diagnose

    Florida residents who are undergoing medical treatment, examination or procedures have the right to reasonably assume that medical staff members will take necessary measures to protect patient safety and follow protocol in order to provide thorough and appropriate care. A doctor's failure to diagnose a patient's condition can lead to adverse health effects, serious illness or even death. A recent ...
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  • Why Early Diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy Is Crucial

    Cerebral palsy is a birth injury that many Florida parents may not become aware that their child has suffered for months or possibly even years, depending on the severity of the condition. Mild cases of CP may not be obvious until a child is walking and talking, while others may become obvious in infancy. However, early diagnosis of Cerebral palsy can be crucial to getting children the special ...
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  • Why Job Burnout Among Healthcare Professionals Is a Danger to Us All

    Regardless of one's profession or job title, it's normal to have an off day or to experience periods where it's difficult to concentrate and accomplish work-related tasks. However, in cases where an employee's work productivity is severely impeded and he or she experiences feelings of deep dissatisfaction, a more serious underlying issue may be to blame. The Mayo Clinic defines job burnout as "a ...
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  • How Are Over-The-Counter Drugs Regulated to Help Ensure Safety?

    Many Florida residents don't give much thought to the safety of their over-the-counter medications. What they may not realize is the safety of these drugs is the responsibility of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA has a process for review and approval of drugs sold over the counter before they can be marketed to consumers. In an increasing number of cases, they have allowed drugs that ...
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  • Florida Car Accidents Can Cause Head and/or Brain Injuries

    Many people who aren't in the medical profession use the terms "head injury" and "brain injury" interchangeably. However, they are not the same thing. A person can suffer one, the other or both. While these injuries can be the result of falls and athletic activities such as football and other contact sports, many Floridians suffer head and brain injuries in car accidents. Brain injuries can result ...
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  • How Can Florida Nursing Home Falls Be Prevented?

    We've previously discussed the troubling issue of nursing home abuse and neglect. However, not all dangers to nursing home residents can easily be linked to the facility or staff. For example, falls are a significant cause of injuries and deaths in nursing homes. Every year, about 1,800 people die from injuries suffered in these falls. Those who survive may be left with fractures, permanently ...
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  • Every Surgical Procedure Has Inherent Risks

    Anyone who has ever undergone a medical procedure or who has had a loved one operated on, understands the feelings of fear and powerlessness that often accompany the process. Surgical procedures are common with some surgeons performing several per day. However, regardless of how big or small the procedure, there are numerous risks involved and always the chance that something could go wrong. When ...
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  • The Florida Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Plan

    When Florida parents have a baby who sustains a birth injury with permanent implications for his or her life, a medical malpractice suit is often one of their considerations if they believe the injury may have been due to negligence or error on the part of health care professionals. However, if for some reason compensation is not available through a malpractice suit, there may be another option. ...
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  • How Do You Know If You Have a Medical Malpractice Claim?

    It's not uncommon for Floridians who have experienced a bad medical outcome and particularly the death of a loved one to consider a medical malpractice suit if they believe that a medical professional was negligent or made an error. However, not all medical mistakes and cases of negligence meet the requirements needed to file a medical malpractice claim. There are four elements that must be ...
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  • Study Reveals That Diagnostic Errors Are Common and Deadly

    From a trip to the emergency department to a routine doctor's visit, every initial encounter with a doctor begins with a diagnosis. Today, doctors have a wealth of scientific and technological equipment at their disposal to aid in the diagnostic process. It's important to note, however, that doctors must still rely heavily upon their own experience, critical thinking and judgment when making a ...
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  • Helping Florida Victims of Misdiagnosed Aortic Dissections

    Most people aren't familiar with an aortic dissection until it happens to them or to someone they know. It's a relatively rare but potentially fatal condition. It is seen most frequently in older men between 60 and 80. People with high blood pressure are also more likely to suffer an aortic dissection than those with normal blood pressure. An aortic dissection occurs when a large blood vessel near ...
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  • Study: Hospitals Aren't Doing Enought to Protect Against C. Difficile

    Most people in the U.S. would likely believe that a hospital is the best and safest place for individuals who are ill and in need of medical care and treatment. However, the results of a recent study are alarming and indicate that hospitals may in fact pose hidden and deadly health risks for the elderly and very sick. In recent years, the risks posed by healthcare-associated infections have come ...
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