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Drinking More Water Can Improve Elderly Health

Submitted by Anonymous on Aug 17th, 2009

Dehydration is a critical issue for the elderly. Especially if they are being cared for in a nursing home, hospital or other care center. It is a regular experience that the symptoms for dehydration are overlooked by the care providers. Some symptoms to look for are:

  • Dry mouth
  • Lethargy
  • Few or no tears when crying
  • Weakness in muscles
  • Dizziness

    More severe symptoms may include:

  • Lack of sweating
  • Sunken eyes
  • Shriveled and dry skin
  • Low blood pressure
  • Increased heart beat
  • Fever
  • Delirium
  • Bed Rail Safety Tips for Your Loved One

    Submitted by Anonymous on Aug 13th, 2009

    The side rails of a hospital bed have long been an issue in nursing homes and hospitals but not a hot topic. But, poorly monitored and checked beds can result in injury and even death. Considering these beds are not only used in hospitals but also out-patient care centers, long-term care facilities and also in private homes, this becomes an important bit of information to spread around.

    The Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) reports there over 2.5 million hospital beds in use just within the United States alone and the center regulates these beds.

    Reports Continue to Grow with Zicam Recall

    Submitted by Anonymous on Aug 10th, 2009

    The FDA’s warning has been in effect since June 2009 and over 130 consumers had reported complete or partial loss of smell. The FDA advised consumers to stop using three Zicam cold remedy products: Nasal Gel, Nasal Swabs and Swabs, Kids Size.

    “Loss of sense of smell is a serious risk for people who use these products for relief from cold symptoms,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). The FDA is encouraging consumers to contact their health providers.

    Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis - One Woman's Story

    Submitted by jrlaw on Jul 28th, 2009

    A Tennessee jury has recently awarded a large medical malpractice payment to a woman and her husband who were involved in a cancer misdiagnosis lawsuit. Had the plaintiff’s doctor taken the proper procedures to examine her correctly, she might have had an easier recovery to her cancer.

    Cell Phone Use While Driving - A Hazardous Recipe

    Submitted by Anonymous on Jul 27th, 2009

    In 2003, researchers proposed a long term study concerning the safety risks involved with driving distractions, primarily cell phone use while driving. Such a study never materialized into the public domain, and the researchers never published their research.

    Hepatitis with Your Happy Meal?

    Submitted by Anonymous on Jul 22nd, 2009

    The number customers suffering from hepatitis contracted at a McDonalds restaurant in Illinois is rising. There are now 20 confirmed cases of hepatitis, and more are to be expected. As more people become sick, outrage is growing because McDonalds knowingly employed someone with hepatitis A, a form of premises negligence, leading to these illnesses.

    Not Informed of an Adverse Medical Test Result?

    Submitted by Anonymous on Jul 20th, 2009

    A disturbing and harmful trend has started occurring with greater frequency lately. The New York Times reports a trend in medical negligence - not notifying a patient of an adverse medical report. This trend is very alarming as patients incorrectly assume "no news is good news."

    Texas Truck Wrecks - How to Avoid Them & How to React after an Accident

    Submitted by Anonymous on Jul 17th, 2009

    Truck driving accidents in Texas have, unfortunately, become very common. There have been an increasing number of fatal truck accidents in Dallas recently. With the increasing number of semi-trucks on Texas highways, combined with the long hours and fatigue many drivers experience, the prevalence of these accidents is not surprising.

    Ten Tips for Surviving (and Thriving!) Texas Car Accidents

    Submitted by Anonymous on Jul 16th, 2009

    Have you seen our new YouTube presentation on what to do in a Texas car accident? Check it out below:

    Standards of Care in American Nursing Homes

    Submitted by Anonymous on Jul 16th, 2009

    The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 entitles residents of nursing homes to receive the "highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being." This act also included various other provisions to clearly indicate the proper care residents should receive. Any nursing home that receives Medicaid or Medicare funds must abide by these rules. Violators are subject to sanctions.

    One provision outlaws clinically avoidable pressure sores or contractures, which occur when a patient does not move around and lays stagnant during the course of the day. Another rule defines nutritional standards, which maintain a resident's proper body weight and hydration at healthy levels. Finally, the doctrine establishes that facilities have a proper number of staff to maintain these provisions.

    These provisions and rules seem to force nursing homes to maintain a high standard of care for patients. However, for various reasons, many nursing homes are not keeping up to this standard. Many homes are currently understaffed and many patients are experiencing both nursing home abuse and injuries in the home.

    The obvious reaction involves people wondering how these homes are avoiding sanctions and repercussions from the government or costly lawsuits from residents. One answer involves the massive legal team many of the conglomerate corporations employ. Corporate defense attorneys are very well trained and have developed many strategies to defeat these lawsuits or force private settlements.

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