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May 2018 Archives

Tesla CEO criticizes media's focus on self-driving car crash

Self-driving cars have recently seen a wave of accidents, so residents of Iowa who are wary about them may be wondering how the makers of self-driving technology are responding. In the case of one accident that occurred in May, the response is disconcerting. In this case, a Utah driver crashed her Tesla Model S into a fire truck, and although the Autopilot program was on, she was distracted by her phone. The driver survived with a broken ankle.

LASIK surgery can come with risks

For some West Des Moines patients considering LASIK or other refractive surgery, they may wonder about the risks and complications that could accompany the procedure intended to improve their eyesight. It can be important to be aware of the potential risks before deciding to move forward with the procedure. Of course, while some risks may be unavoidable, other risks can be avoided when doctors are thorough and accurate in their approach to the surgery.

Serious surgical mistakes are more common than you think

Physicians and medical doctors hold a position of respect in our culture. It takes many years to complete medical school and the required residency, and these professionals usually have impressive skills to go along with that education. Surgeons, in general, are often venerated as incredibly gifted and intelligent. That may be true, but it doesn't mean that they are above making mistakes. Unfortunately, when surgeons make mistakes, it can have a serious negative impact on the patient.

Blood pressure test results may not always be accurate

Blood pressure tests are common during a visit to a doctor. Iowa residents may be surprised to learn that their blood pressure test results are not always accurate, and these inaccuracies could present health challenges. Small things such as sitting on the bed at the doctor's office with one foot dangling off the side, engaging in conversation with the nurse or medical assistant performing the test, or having the blood pressure cuff on top the patient's sleeve could be enough to make a patient with high blood pressure appear that their blood pressure is normal, and vice versa.

Hospital responds to Bill Paxton wrongful death lawsuit

Iowa residents may be aware that Bill Paxton's family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the medical facility where the actor died and the doctor who treated his heart condition. The family claim that the surgeon involved was inexperienced and not qualified to perform an unconventional procedure on the 61-year-old 'Big Love" star. The lawsuit seeks damages for the actor's allegedly negligent diagnosis, treatment and management.

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