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June 2015 Archives

Nursing homes must care properly for dementia residents

Nursing homes have a duty to properly care for its residents. Every resident's condition requires a unique set of care standards. Patients who have dementia or Alzheimer's disease often require very specific care that changes as the disease progresses. New York residents might be interested in learning more about these mental health conditions and how they should be cared for.

Research associates drowsy driving with 6 percent of accidents

New York residents may be surprised to learn that government statistics concerning drowsy driving may not accurately reflect the true scale of the problem. According to official figures, drowsy driving plays a role in about 3 percent of road traffic accidents, but research conducted by the AAA Foundation suggests that the true number may be as high as 6 percent. AAA researchers looked into more than 21,000 crashes that occurred between 2009 and 2013, and they used methods designed to identify drowsy driving that had been overlooked by accident investigators and law enforcement officers.

Research into surgical errors shows the frequency and dangers

A concern for many New York residents who are set to undergo surgery is the possibility of surgical errors. Mistakes such as wrong-site surgery, improper use of medical equipment and surgical equipment left inside a patient might sound unusual, but they do happen and can result in serious injury or death.

Behavioral factors in surgical errors

New York residents may not be aware of a recent Mayo Clinic study which examined the human behavioral factors behind certain types of surgical errors. These 'never events," named so because they should never take place, were found to be caused by a variety of factors. The researchers discovered 69 of these events over the course of 1.5 million invasive procedures performed over a five-year period at the clinic. Their causes were coded to identify underlying environmental, organizational, job and individual characteristics that led to the incidents.

The 4 major types of gynecological cancer

Losing the ability to bear children is one of the primary reasons that many New York women fear gynecological cancer, but medical science has made great strides in recent decades. Endometrial, cervical, ovarian and vulvar cancer are relatively rare, and they can often be treated easily if detected early enough.

The different causes of fatal car accidents

As many New York motorists may know, geography often determines what circumstances cause fatal car accidents. Factors such as weather, reckless and drunk driving as well as dangerous road conditions are found in different areas of the country. In an effort to understand the cause of these incidents nationwide, data obtained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration involving fatal accidents occurring between 2009 and 2013 was analyzed by the Auto Insurance Center. The information involved passenger, pedestrian and driver fatalities.

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