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September 2014 Archives

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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