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June 2016 Archives

Accuracy of breast MRIs affected by patient positioning

Oklahoma women who are diagnosed with breast cancer are sometimes given a breast MRI before surgery. Breast MRIs are used to help surgeons gain a more accurate understanding of the shape, size and location of the tumor that they are going to remove. These MRIs are sometimes performed before breast-conserving lumpectomy, a procedure that removes the cancerous tumor and some surrounding tissue.

IV protocol standardization coming

Although there are many types of medication errors that an Oklahoma patient could endure, consistency in medical standards and protocols can help in minimizing these situations. Pharmacies, for example, may use databases and alert systems to avoid dispensing medications that pose serious risks for a patient. Hospitals may use name tag verification to ensure that the correct medications are dispensed to patients. One area in which there are some inconsistencies is that involving intravenous and oral liquid medications, but the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists is working to standardize related practices in order to improve safety for patients.

Brain injury study scheduled to begin

Oklahoma patients who suffered repeated hits to the head may be interested to learn that a study has been planned to prevent irreversible brain damage caused by chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Brain scans and biomarkers from 240 men will be studied. Half of the participants are former NFL players. Of the remainder, 60 had played at the college level while the other 60 had no significant contact sports experience.

Falling fatality rates in Oklahoma buck national trend

A report released by the National Safety Council revealed that Oklahoma was one of only 14 states that showed a decrease in road deaths during the first six months of 2015 compared with the same period in 2014. A decrease was also observed in the District of Columbia. However, figures for the country as a whole showed that fatalities were up by 14 percent and serious injuries by 30 percent.

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