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Brooklyn bus crashes into building

Authorities reported that a Brooklyn transit bus crashed into at least three cars and the side of the Linda Tool parts building on Oct. 22. The crash occurred around 5:50 p.m. when a cab in Red Hook allegedly ran a stop sign, hitting the bus and causing it to lurch off of the road.

The bus was traveling on Dwight Street and when it entered an intersection; a livery cab was said to have then ran the stop sign and collided with the bus. The bus, upon seeing the cab, reportedly turned sharply in an apparent attempt to avoid the collision. According to witnesses, the bus almost hit two people working in the machine parts business.

What happens when doctors make medical errors?

Although several New York hospitals and medical facilities take pains to maintain safe environments and procedures for their patients, errors can be made. Mistakes such as wrong-site surgeries are commonly referred to as "never events," or incidents that should not occur. Even when they do, however, patients are not always made immediately aware of them.

Doctors, traditionally fearful of facing medical malpractice lawsuits, have not always been forthcoming with patients about their errors. In some cases, the patient may not know that an error even occurred. A new study, however, shows that more doctors are accepting their responsibility and disclosing medical errors to their patients. The study also found that only three percent of physicians failed to disclose these types of mistakes to their patients.

Model brain dead after being hit by bus in New York

A Swedish runway model was left brain dead after her bicycle was hit by a bus in Manhattan Oct. 8. The 29-year-old was not wearing a helmet.

According to police, the model was riding down Main Street on Roosevelt Island around 9:18 p.m. when she was knocked from her bike by a bus making a left turn. She suffered severe head trauma when she struck the pavement. The bus driver reportedly failed to yield, but he has not yet been charged.

Ignoring Ebola symptoms may be medical malpractice

As New York residents may know, the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. occurred recently in Texas. Questions surround the hospital's failure to diagnose the patient, given that the hospital was presented with the man's recent travel history to West Africa where the disease is prevalent.

According to sources, after telling a Texas emergency room nurse he had recently arrived to the U.S. from Liberia, the man was told to go home and given antibiotics despite displaying characteristic symptoms of Ebola. He returned to the hospital three days later with a worsened condition, and he was hospitalized and placed in isolation. Initially, the hospital said health care staff was not aware that the man had recently traveled to Africa, but it later retracted its statement and said that staff was alerted.

New York man dies in suspected drunk-driving crash

A 29-year-old man reportedly died on account of a single-vehicle accident on Oct. 4. According to authorities, the crash took place in Shirley at approximately 6 a.m.

Authorities stated that the driver of the vehicle, a 27-year-old man, was traveling south on Grand Boulevard when he suddenly lost control of the vehicle. The car struck a tree. The vehicle's two occupants, the 27-year-old driver and the 29-year-old passenger, were both transported to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore.

How is cancer diagnosed?

Some New York residents might not be aware that there are many illnesses or conditions that may cause internal body tissue to experience abnormal hypertrophy. This may result in tumors, which have the potential to seriously jeopardize the health of the person they inhabit. Furthermore, New York residents might not be aware of how cancer is diagnosed.

Most cancer diagnoses are made by visual inspection via microscope of the abnormal cells. The cells derive from those suspect growths known as tumors. Tumors may be detected by somatic inspection, radiology or other methods. Once they have been found, tumors are sampled in what is known as a biopsy.

Resident neglect in New York

A 79-year-old woman of Buffalo, New York was neglected by two of the nursing assistants who worked in the facility where she was living. There was a camera hidden in the room of the elderly woman according to the state attorney general.The aides were accused of not using two people when performing incontinence services for the resident. They were also accused of not using a proper lift when moving the resident from his bed.

Documents were altered by the aides to cover up the neglect. Unfortunately, one attorney in the state believes that this kind of nursing home abuse takes place across the country on a regular basis. If residents do not receive the proper care they need, such as help with changing their clothes or help with cutting their food, then this could affect the dignity of the resident. This incident came to light as a result of a broader nursing home investigation being conducted. The two aides are facing charges of falsifying business records and endangering the welfare of someone who is incompetent.

Man killed in accident while changing tire

In New York, a man was killed on Sept. 21 while changing his vehicle's tire on the side of the road. The man was on the Van Wyck Expressway near the JFK airport when the accident happened. As a result, traffic in the area was delayed for several hours while the area was cleared. One of the inbound access roads for the airport was shut down for six hours after the accident, resulting in delays for flight passengers and people providing transportation.

The decedent was changing the tire on his Chevy Malibu at around 4 a.m. when a minivan struck the man and his vehicle. According to reports, a single passenger in the Chevy was injured along with a woman and child in the minivan. They were transported to an area hospital for treatment following the auto accident, and it is expected that all three will recover.

Family sues home health care providers for man's death

Partners in Care and Visiting Nurse Service of New York have been sued by the family of a 99-year-old man who fell while in their care. According to the family, a home health care aide failed to help the elderly man as he was attempting to walk and did not dial 911 after he fell and injured himself. As a result of the man's fall, he sustained a head injury and broken ribs before passing away in a nursing home about two months later.

The assisted living neglect victim was a WWII veteran who had lost his wife of 50 years in 2012. He had reportedly wished to spend the final days of his life in his Staten Island home but ended up dying at Carmel Richmond Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center instead. The retired security guard lived in Oakwood for almost 50 years and had three children, 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren when he died.

Preventive strategies for wrong-site surgeries

A patient in a New York hospital who faces surgery may want to be aware of issues such as wrong-site surgeries and preventive strategies to limit the risk of a surgical error. The consequences of such an error can be devastating, resulting in a negative outcome. The consequences for a physician may be a significant deterrent to errors as licensing boards and insurance providers develop standards for penalizing those at fault.

The possible causes of wrong-site surgical errors can vary, attributable to the system governing the medical activity or to the process used in preparing for a surgery. Verification of the surgery site may be inadequate due to a lack of institutional controls. A checklist is important for verification, and exclusion of some surgery team members from the verification process could increase the risk of a wrong-site incident. Time constraints or medical emergencies could result in errors. Insufficient patient assessment and care planning could lead to errors. Communication issues between the medical team and the patient could also create problems. A more complicated surgery involving multiple procedures or surgeons could also result in mistakes.

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