patient safety

  

How to assess your risk of potentially deadly blood clots and DVTs during surgery

Deep vein thrombosis during surgery can lead to deadly pulmonary embolism

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When you add breathing problems to a sore throat, it is time to get medical help

Epiglottitis can cause a life-threatening obstructed airway

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Two tips to make the transfer from a hospital to a nursing or rehabilitation facility safer

When patients are discharged from a hospital to a nursing or rehab facility, it is a notorious time for things to fall through the cracks

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Botched spinal surgery or injection can cause painful, disabling arachnoiditis

Arachnoiditis sufferers often have no feeling from the waist down, and lose bowel and bladder control

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Some surgeons work in two operating rooms at the same time

It is risky for patients when a surgeon tries to participate in two surgeries in two operating rooms at once

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Fetal heart rate monitoring helps prevent birth injuries

OB/GYN doctors and labor and delivery nurses must act fast when the fetal heart rate monitor shows that the baby is not getting enough oxygen

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Texas hospitals can stop treating and feeding patients even when patients and families disagree

Texas Advance Directives Act gives hospital committees complete immunity for deliberately stopping health care and allowing patients to die

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Two documents you need now to plan ahead for end-of-life health care

Advance directive and medical power of attorney documents help guide health care decisions and protect against hospital committees

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Suddenly-appearing floaters or flashes of light may be a warning sign of a medical emergency

Retinal detachment requires emergency treatment by an ophthalmologist, or can result in permanent vision loss

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When doctors and nurses settle on the wrong diagnosis, it is hard to get their attention

Houston-area ER focuses on broken leg, misses broken back, despite patient's complaints that he could not move arms normally

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