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May 2012 Archives

Surgeon fatigue increases risk of surgical error

A new study of surgeon fatigue gives Miami, Florida, residents' reason to worry before going under the knife. According to the study, surgical residents, on average, were functioning at only 80 percent of their mental capacity half of the time they were on the job. The resident surgeons functioned at less than 70 percent of their mental capacity 30 percent of the time. The reason for this fatigue, according to the study, is long hours, including working overnights, with little sleep.

Medication error causes respiratory failure, death

Hospital personnel in Florida are expected to perform their duties with diligence. Patient records are to be properly kept and consulted before any action is taken regarding the patient's health, and doctors must ensure their duties are carried out with thoroughness, accuracy and efficiency.

Southern Florida's nurse practitioners to take on doctor duties

A shortage of primary care physicians and rising healthcare costs are forcing Southern Florida's hospitals to find other health services provider options. Nurse practitioners, who are registered nurses with a specialized master's degree, are being asked to step to the plate and go to bat for Floridians in need of care.

Unattended bed sores cause infection and death

Nursing homes play an integral role in elder care. When Florida families cannot care for elderly loved ones, they rely on nursing homes to provide the oversight and attention needed. Unfortunately, nursing home neglect is a terrifying reality. Those facilities families have come to rely on sometimes fail to give necessary medication, feed adequate nutrition and provide proper attention. These shortcomings can result in illnesses such as malnutrition and infections caused by bed sores.

Misdiagnosis leads to flesh-eating bacteria

Miami, Florida, residents are used to visiting the hospital from time to time seeking treatment for various conditions. Even seemingly small matters like sore throats, coughs and constant headaches can spur these trips. While we hope that the condition is as minimal as we think, we expect doctors and medical staff to recognize if the condition is something worse.

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