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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.

Pedestrian killed in New York car accident

The 20-year-old driver of a vehicle traveling down State Route 9N in Corinth struck a pedestrian near the intersection of Antone Mountain Road at around 3:13 AM on Friday, Sept. 5. Investigators allegedly discovered that the driver of the vehicle was intoxicated at the time of the accident, and she was arrested and charged with DWI, Aggravated DWI and DWI with a BAC greater than .08 percent.

The 35-year-old pedestrian was transported to Saratoga Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Officers say that they do not know why the man was walking that late at night, but he did live in the area. The sheriff's office stated that they will be seeking additional charges against the driver, including vehicular manslaughter.

Woman killed by taxi

A woman was struck and killed by a taxi in New York's Upper East Side at about 2 p.m. on Aug. 29. The cab, which was a Nissan NV2000 "Taxi of Tomorrow," began making a left turn onto 79th street when it hit a woman who was crossing the street. The woman, who was 58, was trapped beneath the taxi and was dragged for several feet. When the taxi came to a stop, the woman was still trapped beneath it.

Several pedestrian witnesses in the area turned the taxi on its side in an effort to save the woman, and the collective effort was led by a construction worker in the area. The cab also carried a passenger, a 32-year-old woman, who was treated for minor injuries. The woman who was trapped beneath the taxi was killed.

New black box could reduce surgeons' errors

New York residents may not have heard of a new invention that could make surgery safer. However, the very device that is designed to reduce the frequency of medical mistakes could face hurdles to being placed in operating rooms due to the fear of its potential use in medical malpractice lawsuits.

Researchers in Canada are developing what they call a black box, which they hope will reduce surgical errors by monitoring surgeries as they are happening and informing the surgeons when any errors occur. However, the use of the box also raises the possibility that errors will be recorded and used against physicians in medical malpractice lawsuits. Researchers say that the box still needs more work to ensure that it is primarily an educational tool.

New York head-on collision leaves 1 dead, 4 injured

Local law enforcement officials report that a two-vehicle head-on collision in Colchester at around 10 a.m. left one person dead and four others with serious injuries on Aug. 21. An ambulance transported all of the injured parties to Harris Hospital in Liberty. They were later transferred to Westchester Medical Center.

According to New York authorities, the accident occurred on Route 7 when a 30-year-old Bronx woman driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee allegedly drove the wrong way in the southbound lane. She then crashed head-on into a 48-year-old Nineveh man driving an Isuzu Amigo southbound. The New York State Police Troop C Collision Reconstruction Unit completed a reconstruction of the accident, and the police investigation is ongoing. No charges have been filed as of yet.

2 killed in fiery head-on crash

A local sheriff's department in New York reported that two individuals were killed in a head-on collision on Route 25 in Granville. According to a witness, the crash occurred around 5:15 a.m. on Aug. 15. The two vehicles, a gray Dodge Intrepid and a red Chevy Camaro, were in flames when police arrived to the accident. Both drivers were dead at the scene and could not be immediately identified. Both vehicles had Vermont license plates. The drivers were taken in for autopsy that may provide clues as to their identities.

According to the witness, the Intrepid attempted an illegal pass of her vehicle on a hill with a double yellow line. The Camaro, coming in the opposite direction, collided with the Intrepid while it was still in the process of passing. The force of the impact spun the Camaro and forced the Intrepid off the road. The vehicles apparently caught fire after the crash.

Report: Common misdiagnoses in decline but still too prevalent

As many New York patients may know, a misdiagnosis is considered to be any diagnosis that was not correct or a correct diagnosis that came too late to help the patient. One may occur because symptoms may have been overlooked or were not present when a patient was first diagnosed. In some cases, the same group of symptoms may be present for a variety of different illnesses or diseases. A recent report indicates that while the overall number of diagnoses has fallen, certain common ones are still too often missed, based on autopsy studies.

Lung cancer and colorectal cancer were two of the top five conditions misdiagnosed according to a study from a 2009 study from a physician at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. The other three most commonly misdiagnosed conditions were pulmonary embolism, acute coronary syndrome and reactions or overdoses to drugs. The results were gathered by analyzing 583 reports of doctor errors from hospitals across the nation.

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