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July 2016 Archives

Don't expect apology if surgeon makes a mistake

Patients in Ohio and across the U.S. shouldn't count on an apology if a surgeon makes a mistake during a procedure, according to a survey. Published in a peer-reviewed medical journal, the found that the vast majority of surgeons followed some national disclosure guidelines after making a medical mistake, but only 55 percent apologized to patients after an error.

Staying safe around the pool in Ohio

The summer months tend to be a time when people go to private and public pools to get a break from the heat. However, both children and adults can be vulnerable to drowning, which means precautions should be taken when swimming at a public pool or at a friend's house. For instance, those who are in or around a pool should refrain from drinking alcohol or taking drugs as even good swimmers can be susceptible to drowning while under the influence.

Medication errors to avoid

While prescribed medications are typically used to improve an individual's symptoms related to a health condition, errors can occur because of incorrect use of such drugs. In some cases, Ohio residents might not be aware of damages caused by such errors until years later. In other cases, serious consequences can take effect immediately.

Understanding osteoarthritis and psoriatic arthritis

Osteoarthritis and psoriatic arthritis are diseases that affect many Ohio residents. According to statistics, approximately 70 percent of people between the ages of 55 and 78 have the most common form of arthritis called osteoarthritis, which mostly affects the hip or knee joints, while only about 1 percent of the U.S. population suffers from psoriatic arthritis. In addition, about 20 to 40 percent of those who suffer from psoriasis have psoriatic arthritis as well.