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Horrific case shows 'never events' remain a problem in the OR

Anyone who must undergo some manner of operation knows through their conversations with surgeons and their own research or personal experience that there is always some degree of risk involved. Indeed, postoperative complications can arise, infections can develop, and the underlying disease or condition can remain unchanged.

However, there is at least one aspect of surgery about which patients should be able to have complete confidence: avoiding wrong-site, wrong-procedure, wrong-patient errors or simply WSPEs. That's because these types of surgical errors are typically 100 percent preventable and considered so flagrant that federal health officials have labeled them as "never events," meaning they should simply never occur.

Nursing Home Abuse Often Goes Unnoticed And Unreported

Watch for the signs of neglect or abusive treatment. The National Center for Elder Abuse (NCEA) believes that nursing home neglect and abuse is underreported and that research is lagging on the prevalence, the effects and prevention strategies.

The problem will only get bigger as the elderly population continues to grow. By 2030, there will be 70 million Americans over the age of 65, including 8 million who are 85 or older. More than 40 percent of senior citizens enter nursing home care at some point. Seniors with disabilities or dementia are especially at risk for physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse

Are you concerned about nursing home security and safety?

When the time came for more care than you could provide to your elderly mother, she preferred to move to a nursing home that was close to the area of town she knew and loved. You toured the facility and felt satisfied it would cover all her needs.

The building looked clean and tidy, and the staff seemed capable and friendly. But after your mom moved in, you began to have concerns about her safety and security. Did you miss the signs? Are you imagining things or is there a pattern of health risks and lackadaisical care?

What do the rules of professional conduct have to say about competence? - II

Back in May, our blog spent some time discussing how the very first decree in the Maryland Attorneys' Rules of Professional Conduct dictates that all attorneys must provide clients with competent representation, meaning services demonstrating a reasonably necessary degree of "legal knowledge, skill, thoroughness and preparation."

We also discussed how even though this may seem simple enough, it's a far more complex matter, with multiple factors needing to be accounted for when considering an individual attorney's legal knowledge and skill. We'll continue this important discussion in today's post.

The 100 deadliest days for teen drivers are officially here

For teens, the period running from Memorial Day through Labor Day ranks as one of the best of the year. That's because school is officially out, meaning they are free from homework, able to earn much-needed income at summer jobs and, of course, hang out with their friends far more often.

On the other hand, the period running from Memorial Day through Labor Day ranks as one of the worst of the year for parents, emergency responders and safety advocates. That's because it's come to be known as the "100 deadliest days," a timeframe in which the average number of teen driving fatalities has been shown to rise by as much as 15 percent compared to the remainder of the year.

What exactly are permanent partial disability benefits?

In a series of posts, our blog has been discussing the types of benefits to which those employees who suffer serious work-related injuries may be entitled under the Maryland Workers' Compensation Act.

In particular, we've spent time discussing temporary partial disability benefits and, most recently, temporary total disability benefits. We'll continue with this important endeavor in today's post by taking a closer look at permanent partial disability benefits.

6 unsafe driving behaviors you should avoid

When you think of unsafe driving practices, cell phones and texting probably comes to mind. Or driving in the rain without your headlights on. (Unlike Maryland, not all states require drivers to activate their headlights when they activate their windshield wipers.)

You may follow the headlight law and the texting while driving ban, but there may be other potentially dangerous habits that you rarely think much about. Are you guilty of any of these not-so-safe behaviors when you are behind the wheel?

Does a good economy cause a rise in traffic fatalities?

Experts at the National Safety Council expressed alarm at the deaths of nearly 19,000 people reported in traffic accidents across the U.S. during a six-month period in 2015. They see the statistics not as an aberration, but rather as a disturbing trend in the wrong direction.

People who plan to take the family on a road trip when vacation time rolls around should pay heed. The NSC researchers speculate that the cause of the increase in traffic accidents is in part to do with the economy.

Why location is everything when it comes to pedestrian accidents

As we've discussed on our blog before, more people than ever are now choosing to forgo their vehicles in favor of going by mass transit, bicycle or even on foot. The motivations for this drastic lifestyle change vary, of course, with some motivated by environmental concerns, others by finances and still others by healthy living.

As we've also discussed, however, this decision, while laudable, is not without risk given the dangerous driving practices of motorists from speeding to distracted driving.

Why one study called Maryland the safest state for teen drivers

Without question, one of the most stressful moments in the life of any parent is when their child is old enough to start driving. Indeed, this stress has only been exacerbated in recent years, as moms and dads not only have to worry about things like speeders and impaired drivers, but also distracted drivers.

There is good news for parents here in Maryland, however, as a recently released study by an independent insurance marketplace and consumer guide recently ranked the Old Line State as the safest in the nation for teen drivers.

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