One of the most serious injuries that a person can suffer is a spinal cord injury. When this vital neurological conduit is damaged, it can have repercussions on many of the body’s systems such as the respiratory, urinary, muscular, and gastrointestinal. Additionally, such an injury can mean expensive life-long treatment for the sufferer, costing an average of $30,000 per year to treat according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The roadway danger posed by electronic distraction has received widespread attention in recent years; to date, 39 states ban texting behind the wheel for all drivers, and an additional 6 prohibit texting for novice drivers. The prevalence of texting behind the wheel and its dangerous roadway implications has spawned numerous studies, advocacy groups, and safety campaigns.
Yet, according to a new study, there is another form of driver distraction that is far more likely to cause a serious crash than use of an electronic device. This behavior, however, receives far less attention.
The latest advance to restore movement to people who have become paralyzed and lost control of their muscles is now here, according to an article from The Washington Post.
A Massachusetts woman who has been paralyzed for 15 years was recently able to pick up a bottle of coffee and sip from it by sending her thoughts to a robotic arm.
Researchers have called this the first time that reaching and grasping by a brain-controlled prosthetic arm has been successful.
Between 44,000 and 98,000 people die each year in U.S. hospitals because of medical errors.
According to an article by Johns Hopkins Nursing, there is usually a string of errors in a number of different systems.
They call it the “Swiss Cheese Model.”
According to Medicare’s first public evaluation of hospitals’ records on patient safety, patients are at a heightened risk for preventable conditions when going to teaching hospitals in America.
The Medicare program found that Washington Hospital Center, Georgetown University Hospital, and the Cleveland Clinic were some of the institutions having more complications than average, according to an article from The Washington Post.
The Medicare reimbursement to the hospitals are based on a number of things, some including readmission rates, how patients rate their stays, mortality rates, and how closely hospitals are following guidelines for patient care.