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Common medical mistakes

Florida residents might be surprised to learn that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in America. Understanding how common types of mistakes occur could help people protect their health.

When one has a health condition or undergoes surgery, different devices like ventilators or catheters might be used. While helpful, this also puts a patient at risk for health care-associated infections. Catheters can cause urinary tract infections while tubes attached to ventilators are susceptible to bacteria. HAIs typically occur when a device is not used correctly or monitored.

Whiplash can be a much more serious injury than you think

After being in a car accident, you probably expected to be in some degree of pain. After all, your body doesn't stop as quickly as your vehicle. Since you didn't have any significant injuries that you could see, you may have skipped going to see a Florida doctor for an examination.

The next day, you may have woken up with some pain in your neck and shoulders. Since you already expected some pain, you still didn't go to the doctor. After all, isn't whiplash considered a minor injury? Actually, whiplash can result in serious harm on its own, and it can indicate other, more serious issues.

A day of shopping could leave you seriously injured

When you left your house to go shopping, your biggest concern was probably staying within your budget. Perhaps you were looking for something in particular. Then again, maybe you were just out to window shop in the hopes of finding something you didn't know you wanted.

In any case, your shopping trip went from a fun day out to a tragedy. Like many others here in Florida and elsewhere, emergency medical personnel transported you with serious injuries to a hospital in the area. Now, you have extensive medical bills, a long recovery period and little to no income, possibly for an extended period.

Woman sues Wayne Newton over alleged pet monkey attack

Residents of Florida may be interested to learn that a woman has filed a premises liability suit against Wayne Newton for $15,000 in damages. During a tour of the Las Vegas entertainer's former estate back in October 2017, a woman was allegedly bitten by a monkey that he kept as a pet. On August 7, that woman's mother filed a lawsuit with the Nevada State Court accusing Newton of negligence.

The estate where this took place is named the Casa de Shenandoah. In 2010, the Newtons sold this mansion to investors and had it transformed into a museum where tourists can be guided through its various attractions, including a garden, a stable with the entertainer's horses and several exotic animals. The mother and daughter went on one of these tours, during which the monkey allegedly attacked without provocation. Reports say the victim was aged 15 at the time. The extent of her injuries has not been outlined.

Mistakes new nurses are likely to make

Nurses in Florida and throughout the country are vulnerable to making mistakes. This can be especially true for those who don't have a lot of experience in their field. For instance, they may not realize how weak a patient may be, which could lead to an individual falling and getting hurt. Ideally, a nurse will keep everything a patient needs within reach and offer assistance with tasks such as getting dressed or showering.

Nurses should practice good hygiene whenever they are on the job, and they should know how to clean and sterilize a room. Doing so could prevent some of the 99,000 deaths that occur annually because of infections in hospital settings. Medication errors are another common reason why patients are injured or killed. Nurses should make sure that the person who receives a medication is the person who is supposed to receive it.

Protecting workers against pinch points

Employers in Florida, especially those in agriculture, construction, longshoring and general industry, should know what pinch points are and how to protect workers against them. Pinch points, or nip points, are areas between two moving machine parts, between a stationary part and moving part or between a machine part and some material that can catch a worker or part of the worker's body.

Some examples of these points are gears, pulleys and belt drives. They can be found on metal-forming machines, plastic-molding machines, conveyors, printing presses, powered rollers and even sliding garage-type doors. Workers may have an extremity crushed or cut off in these pinch points. In 2018, a worker at an Ohio tool manufacturer lost part of a finger on a conveyor belt, which led to an OSHA citation and a $213,411 penalty.

Incomplete data could put women at risk of injury

Female dummies used to collect crash test data are five feet tall and are 110 pounds. While this may represent the height and weight of an average woman, it doesn't necessarily represent every woman's body type. This is one reason why females are more likely to be hurt in crashes that occur on Florida highways and others throughout the nation. One study found that they are 73% more likely than a man to experience a serious injury or die in a crash.

Men and women have many differences in how their bodies are constructed. For instance, there are differences in the shape of the pelvis and where fat is distributed inside the body. There may also be differences in how men and women sit when they occupy a vehicle. This may cause a seatbelt to react differently when worn by a man compared to when it is worn by a woman.

Misdiagnosis can be a fatal mistake

Many patients in Florida and across the country have benefited from remarkable advances in medical diagnosing technology. As a society, people are living longer and with a better quality of life. Despite the overall improvement of medical practices and procedures, mistakes in individual cases do occur. Some doctor errors can have severe consequences and even result in death.

Perhaps because surgery is such a complicated matter, it is commonly perceived that most medical malpractice occurs within its realm. However, results from medical research on the issue paint a different picture. Diagnosis is the leading cause of serious medical errors in the United States. Millions of Americans suffer a misdiagnosis each year, with one-third of those resulting in a serious medical condition. Despite this, medical malpractice cases remain difficult to prove.

What factors played a role in the accident that left you injured?

Car accidents happen for many reasons, and it's not always immediately clear who is to blame or what factors played a role in what happened to you. It's normal to feel overwhelmed and confused after an accident, but you do not have to walk through the complex aftermath alone. If your accident was the result of the reckless or negligent actions of another Florida driver, you may be able to seek financial compensation through a personal injury claim.

One of the first steps in this process is identifying the cause of your accident. Even simple mistakes and minor errors in judgment can lead to serious consequences. After an accident, it may be helpful for you to seek an evaluation of your case so you can understand the cause behind the accident that left you injured.

Two Florida cities have some of nation's safest roadways

Car accidents can lead to serious damage for people in Florida and across the country. There are a number of factors that can contribute to the crash rate, from weather conditions to road circumstances to dangerous or negligent driving. This is one reason why so many people and companies are enthralled by the potential of autonomous driving as a solution to the dangers of car crashes. However, despite the future possibilities, those technologies are still under development and crashes remain prolific. In 2017 alone, 6,452,000 drivers across the country experienced some time of collision.

Despite the risk of serious crashes, several Florida cities were acknowledged for their safety by the 2019 America's Safe Drivers Report, produced by Allstate Insurance. The report aims to rank the safety of the 200 largest metropolitan areas in the country based on the rate of car accidents in each city. The report is timed to release with the Independence Day holiday, documented to be the most dangerous holiday on American roads. Cape Coral was the 10th-safest city in the country, with residents going approximately 12.24 years between car crashes. Port St. Lucie came in at number 14, with residents going 11.84 years between collisions. These Florida municipalities were joined by others in Texas, Colorado, Arizona and elsewhere for relatively safe roadways.

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