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November 2018 Archives

Doctors and nurses have differing opinions on OR hours caps

Doctors and nurses in Iowa and the rest of the United States generally agree on the need to provide optimal patient care. However, these professionals don't exactly see eye to eye when it comes to the possibility of capping operating room hours. This is the main takeaway from the results of a poll that was conducted by an online medical information website that included questions addressing this topic. Nearly 60 percent of the physicians surveyed agreed that surgeon hours should be limited while just under 90 percent of nurses and advanced practice nurses felt this way.

Police collect incomplete picture about causes of car crashes

Police have a lot on their hands when they respond to car accidents in Iowa. They need to prepare a report that describes the crash, but a new report from the National Safety Council calls out law enforcement nationwide for failing to record whole categories of reasons that cause traffic accidents. The council's nationwide analysis of police data collection practices found gaping holes in reporting procedures. Not one single state had a reporting field or code for driver fatigue. As for crashes that result from texting and driving, 26 states have no way to assign that as a contributing factor.

Injuries that might cause delayed symptoms after a car accident

People in Iowa who are in car accidents might initially think they are not injured, but after several days, they may develop symptoms. Whiplash is one of the most common types of injuries that may only show symptoms after several days, and it commonly happens in accidents that occur at low speeds. Numbness in hands and arms may be one symptom. MRIs or other diagnostic tools may be used to confirm that a person has suffered whiplash.

Who's at risk of having a baby with cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a brain injury or brain malformation that occurs while the brain is developing - before, during or after birth. Most soon-to-be parents do not expect their baby to be born with cerebral palsy -- a paralyzing condition that can result in a lifetime of disabilities for a baby. However, virtually any parent could have a baby with this condition and there are certain risk factors for which doctors will maintain a watchful eye.

Can cooling a newborn reduce infant brain damage?

Giving birth to a baby who has suffered a severe brain injury is a bittersweet experience. On one hand, here is your beautiful child you've waited nine months to meet. You love him or her unconditionally. On the other hand, you're tearful and sad because you realize the hard road that lies ahead for your child.

Study shows pediatric brain cancer often misdiagnosed

Pediatric brain cancer can be a terrifying diagnosis for anyone in Iowa. However, what could be even more disturbing is the likelihood of misdiagnosis for certain kinds of brain tumors in children. According to one study, kids with rare tumors have frequently received incorrect diagnoses. As a result, some patients may receive the wrong treatment and get ineffective medical action.

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