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Multiple factors make the holidays riskier for hospital visits

With the holidays upon us, many of our physicians are taking long vacations. A number of experienced physicians in hospital emergency rooms and urgent care centers may be doing the same. This can leave patients who fall off a ladder hanging Christmas lights or crash their brand new mountain bike over the holidays in the hands of less experienced health care providers or waiting long periods to be seen by anyone.

A recently published study indicates that holiday periods, weekends and even nighttime can be riskier times for patients due to medical errors, staff fatigue and lack of staffing. Researchers looked at data from patients who were treated and discharged from hospitals in Ontario, Canada. The study covered over 670,000 patients between 2002 and 2016.

Why are sales representatives sometimes present during surgery?

You probably don't expect sales representatives to be in the operating room while you're undergoing surgery. However, if you're having a medical device inserted or replaced, there may be a rep there.

Reps from medical device companies that make artificial joints and devices used in cardiac surgery (like pacemakers and stents) can be a big help to surgical teams. They're experts on the devices they sell, and they know all the hardware used to insert them. These reps undergo training using cadavers, so they aren't squeamish when observing real surgeries. Often, they have more experience with these devices -- particularly newer models -- than the surgeons they're assisting.

When is a store owner responsible for a shopper's injuries?

Shoppers who brave the Black Friday crowds the day after Thanksgiving aren't the only ones who can suffer injuries while doing their holiday shopping or hunting for bargains. Thousands of people are injured in this country every year while shopping.

Some injuries are the result of careless or reckless behavior, such as running up the down escalators or texting while walking through a parking lot rather than watching for cars. However, some are caused by store and shopping center owners' failure to warn shoppers and others of potential hazards or neglecting to keep the property safe.

How smartphone use by medical personnel can endanger patients

Many of us don't go anywhere without our smartphones. They're constantly pinging with incoming emails, texts and comments on our Facebook posts -- not to mention phone calls.

Doctors and other medical professionals aren't immune to the distractions inherent in their smartphones. They have improved communication considerably. Long gone are the days where a doctor's pager went off and they had to get to a telephone to check on an emergency situation. They also allow doctors to access information in seconds.

3 common misdiagnoses that emergency room doctors make

Many physicians who decide to practice emergency medicine do so because they like the idea that no one day will be like the next. While doctors who work in the emergency room may appreciate the adrenaline rush that comes with working there, they have to be prepared to diagnose patients who come in with a variety of conditions. It shouldn't come as a surprise that they tend to make many diagnostic errors.

Inaccurate readings of X-rays

Gathering evidence for a claim after a truck accident

Large trucks that keep our commerce system flowing throughout America also pose major threats to other drivers on the road. Accidents involving commercial trucks can result in thousands of dollars in property damage, medical bills, lost income and other expenses. After any truck accident, it is always wise for the victims to build a strong claim to recover these losses and compensate them for their suffering. This requires as much detailed evidence to support the claim as the victims can gather.

In many ways, it is the same with any car accident, because more detailed evidence typically creates stronger claims. However, truck accidents present victims with several additional kinds of evidence to seek out, which are important to understand.

School bus stop accidents claim 4 lives in one week, injure more

The dangers of going to and from school for children were made tragically apparent recently with four separate incidents involving children being struck by vehicles at or near their school bus stops. One of those accidents occurred here in Mississippi.

A 9-year-old boy was fatally struck by a pickup truck in Lee County on Halloween. According to state troopers, he was crossing Highway 370 to board his bus. The 22-year-old driver has been charged with aggravated assault.

What kind of medical errors do seriously ill people experience?

If you're dealing with a serious illness, you're likely spending more time than you'd like around doctors and other health care professionals in office settings and perhaps even in the hospital. The last thing you need is for a serious mistake to threaten your health or injure you. However, in a recent study, almost 25 percent of seriously ill people surveyed reported that they'd experienced a serious error.

An independent research firm conducted the phone survey for several organizations, including The New York Times. They talked with nearly 1,500 adults across the country who had either experienced a serious medical condition themselves that required multiple hospital visits and interactions with more than one physician or was close to a family member who met these qualifications but was unable to participate in the survey. The experiences with the health care system had to be no more than three years ago.

Mississippi Supreme Court overturns malpractice case ruling

A medical malpractice case made it all the way to the Mississippi Supreme Court. After hearing the case, the justices ruled in the defendants' favor.

The plaintiff underwent orthoscopic knee surgery back in May 2013 at Jackson's Mississippi Baptist Medical Center. After the surgery, she reported shortness of breath. After taking a chest X-ray, an internist put her on oxygen but then was discharged.

Wet weather requires some simple adjustments for drivers

Rain is a possibility at any time of the year here in Mississippi. However, it seems as though some drivers still haven't learned to make the necessary adjustments to safely navigate the roads in wet weather. You can't control what other drivers do. However, you can take steps to keep yourself and your passengers safe and be prepared when you encounter unsafe drivers.

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