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August 2018 Archives

Do medical instruments get left behind?

Every year, thousands of Americans enter operating rooms in hospitals and outpatient clinics across the country. If you have gone into an operating room for a surgical procedure, you know how it feels to place your life in the hands of medical professionals. You may trust that they have the education and knowledge necessary to accurate perform your procedure and help you through the healing process. Surprisingly, surgeons and surgical staff make a number of errors in the operating room, pointing to gross medical negligence. This involves leaving foreign objects behind in patients’ surgical sites. These mistakes are often called ‘never-events’ because they should never happen if proper protocol and procedures are followed.

Mild brain injuries can cause serious problems

Traumatic brain injuries are more common in the United States than some people may think. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, brain injuries are involved in approximately 30 percent of injury deaths in the country. Not all brain injuries lead to death, however. A number of mild brain injuries can cause significant problems and impairment. Yet many people are not aware that these problems stem from an actual brain injury, as mild brain trauma was previously hard to detect using traditional brain scans. Once diagnosed, people who suffer from mild brain injuries may be able to improve their condition through rehabilitation and different forms of therapy.