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June 2015 Archives

Samsung's "see-through" truck could save lives

Oklahoma motorists may find it interesting that a new technology has been developed that allows drivers to "see through" semi-trucks on the road and determine when it is safe to pass them. The technology, known as a "safety truck," was created by Samsung, the South Korean electronics manufacturer.

Mortality rates and mild traumatic brain injury

People in Oklahoma who have a traumatic brain injury or whose loved ones have had one may be interested to learn that a study has indicated that people with mild traumatic brain injuries have higher mortality rates than those without any history of such injury. Furthermore, people who sustained brain injuries when they were between the ages of 15 and 54 had a death rate that was 4.2 times higher than the control group while those who were over the age of 54 at time of injury had a risk of death that was only 1.4 times higher.

Major surgical mistakes and their common causes

Oklahoma patients may find of interest a recent study that examines the preventable surgical mistakes that occur in American hospitals. Approximately one in 100,000 surgeries results in a wrong site error, which often involves a procedure performed on the wrong part of the body. In some cases, the operation is performed on the wrong person. One out of 10,000 procedures results in an object being left behind in the patient's body after surgery.

Could a website help prevent medical misdiagnosis?

As kids, we believed that our family doctors knew it all. If we were sick, our physician would figure out what the problem was so that we could be treated. However, as you get older, you realize that doctors are just people too, and they certainly don’t know everything.

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