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December 2017 Archives

Common medical errors that could harm patients

There are a number of mistakes that medical professionals in Iowa might make that could be harmful to patients. For example, there could be errors in dosing, prescribing or filling medications. Some patients may get infections from medical professionals who do not wash their hands as frequently as they should despite using latex gloves. Infections can also be contracted through ventilators or not taking out a urinary catheter early enough. Other types of errors involving equipment include mixing up a chest tube with a feeding tube, introducing air bubbles into the bloodstream via IV injections or syringe, and taking a breathing tube out too early after surgery.

Clinicians over diagnose patients with acute optic neuritis

Ophthalmologists and optometrists in Iowa have little trouble recognizing cataracts and glaucoma in patients, but other eye disorders present them with diagnostic challenges. A study of acute optic neuritis by university researchers found that eye care professionals over diagnosed people with the condition at high rates.

Certain risk factors can contribute to birth-related injuries

People in Iowa who are expecting a child may wish to be aware of the chances of injury to babies caused by mechanical forces, including traction and compression. While such injuries are relatively rare, happening t only 6-8 infants for every 1,000 live births, injuries do still happen and can result in significant health issues to a child as they get older.

Sleepy driving just as dangerous as drunk driving

Most people in the country and throughout the world generally understand that it is unwise and possibly illegal to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking alcohol. We all know on some level that choosing to drink and drive is not only dangerous for the driver who makes the choice, it is dangerous for other drivers. Often it is the other drivers on the road who suffer the greatest consequences of this unwise decision.

Which is more dangerous: Driving on pot or driving while texting?

Scientists have not studied the effects of driving while high on marijuana as extensively as they have studied the effects of driving while intoxicated. However, when it comes to public opinion, a recent survey indicated that adults believe driving while on pot is less dangerous than texting while driving. Most adults also believe that texting while driving -- or using a smartphone while driving -- is just as dangerous as driving drunk or driving while taking opioids.

Delayed diagnosis continues to be a concern for HIV

People in Iowa and across the United States are still waiting for HIV diagnoses that are often delayed, according to a report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Studies show that HIV detection rates are improving, but many people live with HIV for some time before receiving a diagnosis. This is often true even for people who have seen a doctor.

What to do in case of dog bites

Anyone in Iowa who has been bitten by a dog knows from experience that dogs are not always man's best friend. In fact, 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, with one out of every five requiring medical attention afterwards. In the majority of cases, the victims are bitten by dogs they know, such as a neighbor's dog or even their own pet.

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