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One of the more common medical decisions that women with uterine fibroids may find themselves facing after they are done having children or approaching menopause is whether to undergo a hysterectomy, which is the surgical removal of the uterus.

While gynecologists have been recommending this procedure for quite some time, it's nevertheless understandable how women might experience some reservations given the risks associated with undergoing such a major procedure.

Another group calling for universal metric dosing to protect children

When unintentional medication overdoses occur among adults, it's typically because of either some sort of medication error or a failure on their part to read the accompanying instructions fully.

Unfortunately, statistics show that the phenomenon of unintentional medication overdoses is not limited to adults, occurring with startling regularity among children. Indeed, roughly 70,000 children are brought to emergency rooms across the U.S. every year for treatment for these accidental overdoses.

What has the ECRI Institute named the leading patient safety concerns?

Patient safety advocacy groups, medical professionals and hospital officials have all come to appreciate the periodic reports issued by the Pennsylvania-based ECRI Institute for their valuable insight into how to make facilities and procedures safer for patients.

As it turns out, the organization recently released its second annual Top 10 Patient Safety Concerns for Healthcare Organizations, a comprehensive report designed to help medical facilities identify and better understand where patient safety initiatives should be directed.

Former NFL kicker sues team over career-ending MRSA infection

Given the popularity of professional football here in the U.S., the National Football League is never really out of the headlines. Indeed, the online sports media is currently busy covering every conceivable angle for the upcoming draft.

However, one NFL-related story that hasn't garnered as much attention, but which is fascinating from both a fan perspective and a public health perspective is the lawsuit recently filed by former kicker Lawrence Tynes against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers over a career-ending infection he contracted at the team's facilities several years ago.

How everything you know about surgical protocol may change - II

Last time, we discussed how the American College of Surgeons is now urging more surgical teams to consider adopting what is known as "enhanced surgery" protocols, which are essentially a complete overhaul of the traditional preparation and recovery practices for surgery.

In general, most people undergoing surgery will be required to abstain from food and most beverages prior to their procedure, and will be administered a large dose of IV fluids during the actual procedure. Afterward, doctor's orders will call for painkillers to help manage post-op pain and considerable bed rest.

How everything you know about surgical protocol may change

No matter what profession, the reality is that wholesale change is seldom welcomed with open arms. Indeed, most workers will prove reluctant to alter routines or procedures that they have not only mastered, but which have consistently produced favorable results.

This is especially true in the medical profession, where surgeons and anesthesiologists adhere to time-tested protocol that they know from experience will produce the best results for the patient.

Obama Administration calls for new offensive in fight against HAIs

Both state and federal health officials have long known about the serious risks posed by hospital-acquired infections, which are responsible for thousands of patient deaths per year. However, despite this knowledge and the understanding that something more needs to be done, HAIs continue to emerge and continue to pose a deadly threat.

Consider the recent outbreak of the superbug known as carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae -- or CRE -- at several medical institutions across the U.S. that was later traced to the ineffective sterilization procedures for a certain type of medical scope used in an estimated 500,000 procedures every year.

Do you know enough about traumatic brain injuries? -- III

As Brain Injury Awareness Month -- the annual educational initiative sponsored by the Brain Injury Association of America -- draws to an end, so too will our blog's examination of traumatic brain injuries.

Indeed, our posts have touched on everything from the medical definition of a TBI to the rates at which Americans find themselves hospitalized after suffering a serious blow to the head. In today's post, we'll explore the difficult reality facing many TBI victims, and how exactly medical professionals can aggravate this condition.

Do you know enough about traumatic brain injuries? -- II

Last time, we started providing some background information on traumatic brain injuries as a demonstration of our firm's commitment to raising awareness during Brain Injury Awareness Month, an annual campaign put on by the Brain Injury Association of America.

In today's post, we'll continue this effort, discussing the incidence rates for TBIs here in Pennsylvania and across the U.S., as well as those who are most at risk of suffering this potentially life-altering trauma.

Do you know enough about traumatic brain injuries?

Now that spring is officially here and there are less than ten days left in March, many people are already mentally moving ahead to the warmer temperatures promised by April. However, before we turn the page on this month, it's important to recognize a very significant event that has been taking place for the last several weeks.

Every March, the Brain Injury Association of America observes Brain Injury Awareness Month, which serves as a valuable platform to educate people about this devastating condition, and how it affects the lives of both victims and their families. This year's theme is Not Alone, which the BIAA says is meant to "de-stigmatize the injury, empower those who have survived, and promote the many types of support that are available."

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