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April 2016 Archives

Traumatic brain injuries and the elderly

Elderly people in Oklahoma and around the country have a higher risk of suffering from traumatic brain injuries and succumbing to them than do younger people. Researchers have studied the risk factors associated with traumatic brain injuries among the elderly in order to gain a better understanding of preventative measures that could be taken.

Preventing medical mishaps while hospitalized

Oklahoma residents depend on hospitals to improve their health and save their lives, but statistics show that hospitals can be downright dangerous. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 700,000 Americans develop infections while being treated at hospitals each year, which leads to around 75,000 deaths. Meanwhile, it has been estimated that approximately 440,000 patients die from medical errors during hospital stays each year.

Hands-free cellphone use is dangerous while driving

Most Oklahoma drivers are aware of the dangers of driving while talking or texting on a handheld cellphone. However, there are still many people who believe that using a hands-free device is a safe way to talk and drive. Though hands-free technology may be safer than using a handheld cellphone, it is still a dangerous distraction that can lead to accidents.

Being a careful health care practitioner

If an Oklahoma doctor or other medical professional makes a mistake that leads to a patient being harmed, a malpractice suit may be filed. However, most people choose to resolve the matter without going to court as only one in eight will actually file a lawsuit. According to research done on who files malpractice suits, those who were poor, uninsured or had Medicaid were actually less likely to sue.

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