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November 2018 Archives

Shoulder dystocia birth complications and risk factors

Although the majority of births go well for mothers and infants in Pennsylvania, birth injury remains a possibility at any delivery. One form of birth injury called shoulder dystocia could cause a variety of problems for a mother or infant. Shoulder dystocia occurs during a vaginal birth when an infant's shoulders become stuck in the birth canal. Shoulder dystocia can injure either the infant or mother, and some women have an enhanced risk for the issue.

Hours of service rules questioned by industry groups

Pennsylvania motorists may not know that truck accidents around the country claimed 4,761 lives in 2017 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and some observers are saying that federal hours of service rules could be partly responsible. The regulations were put into place to prevent truck drivers from remaining behind the wheel while dangerously fatigued, but some trade groups claim that they encourage speeding and recklessness.

Injuries from car accidents may be latent

Pennsylvania motorists are exposed to the potential danger from a car crash every day. Fortunately, the majority of these are relatively minor with minimal property damage and no personal injury to the drivers, passengers or pedestrians. In some cases, however, a car accident victim is not aware of an injury sustained in the incident and does not immediately seek treatment. Left untreated, injuries often become worse and can lead to long-term medical complications.

Routine back surgery results in accidental kidney removal

A 2017 study using data from the National Practitioner Data Bank found that approximately 4,000 people each year in Pennsylvania and across the United States suffer from surgical "never events." These are surgical mistakes that are entirely preventable. One example is a Florida doctor who recently removed a woman's kidney during a back surgery after he mistakenly believed it was a malignant tumor.

Cancer misdiagnosed in children: Study

Receiving a brain cancer diagnosis for their children can be devastating for parents in Pennsylvania. People want to make certain that their children are getting the best treatment possible so that their chances of survival might be improved. Unfortunately, a recent study showed that pathologists have a high error rate when diagnosing children with cancer called a CNS-PNET.

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