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November 2016 Archives

Panelists discuss patient safety for children

The vice president for safety at an Ohio children's hospital was among those who spoke at a conference about patient safety on Nov. 3. The talk occurred at the 2016 U.S. News Healthcare of Tomorrow Conference in Washington, D.C. He and several others leaders from children's hospitals discussed the unique challenges of promoting safety among child patients. For example, falls, which are a major concern at most hospitals, are not a focus at children's hospitals. A more appropriate focus from a safety point of view is medication. Many guidelines around drugs are written for adults.

When drones attack: Who is liable for accidents caused by drones?

Drones have become extremely popular. Like many tech-based product in its infancy, drones are popping up everywhere in our culture. And as usual in the consumer technology marketplace, no one is talking much about the dangers of these items.

Who pays for damages from a car accident on the job?

There are a lot of professional drivers and many others who drive for work even if it is not in their job description. Office managers have to run to the office supply store to pick up paper, interns drive to get their boss a latte, and store managers run a daily deposit to the bank. It is common for car accidents to happen while people are on the clock. If you get in a car accident while working then you might be covered in a few ways.

Advances in research promising for breast cancer

Many Ohio women die from breast cancer, and some of them do because their doctors failed to diagnose them in time. Three 2016 studies show promise for better identification of women who are likely to develop breast cancer, better testing and improved treatment of existing cancers.

Rare diseases and misdiagnosis

When Ohio patients go to a doctor with a list of symptoms, the chances that they have a particular rare disease are very low. However, there are more than 7,000 rare diseases, and current data indicates that there are over 30 million people in the U.S. who suffer from at least one of them. The National Institutes of Health classifies a disease as 'rare" if less than 1 in 200,000 people in the U.S. have it.