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Study explores correlation between medicine efficiency and labels

A study published in "The Journal of Patient Safety" in March 2015 involving IV bag labels may be of interest to patients in Massachusetts. The study looked at how often anesthesia trainees chose IV bags with hetastarch, a substance used to combat patient blood loss during surgery, from a cart with IV bags with hetastarch and lidocaine, a type of anesthetic. In the study, patients worked with IV bags with one of two types of labels. In the study, 60 percent of participants given IV bags with labels designed with the researchers chose the correct bags with hetastarch. The percentage was lower for trainees working with IV bags with labels commonly used in the healthcare industry.

Sources of burn injuries

When a Massachusetts resident becomes injured with a burn, they may potentially be at risk for suffering serious damage even if the burn does not appear to be serious. While many burns may look the same, the source of the burn determines the type of treatment that may be needed. There are four main types of burns: thermal, chemical, electrical and radiological burns.

Most burn injuries result from boiling liquids

According to an annual report released by the Massachusetts Fire Marshal in 2014, boiling liquids were the cause of nearly half of all burn injuries in the state in 2013. This is nothing new, as scalding liquids have been reported as the leading cause of all burns for the past 28 years in a row.

Burn victims face challenges on road to recovery

Massachusetts residents who suffer burns on their bodies have a full plate to deal with when it comes to recovery and recuperation. When a victim has difficulty adjusting to their new appearance and experiences anxiety, this is called body image distress.

The treatment of traumatic burn injuries

Many people in Massachusetts have experienced sunburn or other minor burns from an iron or kitchen utensil. These injuries are terribly painful, but they generally heal and are gone in a few days. A severe or traumatic burn caused by a chemical, explosion or fire can be extremely debilitating or deadly. Such burns are often the result of workplace accidents, vehicle accidents or defective equipment.

Preventable medical errors on the decline in America

Massachusetts residents may not be aware of the recent federal review that found a 17 percent decline in preventable errors such as medicine mistakes, infections and bed sores. The study accounted for the 2010 to 2013 period and estimated that utilizing methods provided by health care quality experts has contributed to 50,000 fewer deaths in hospitals. The decline also accounts for health care costs savings of around $12 billion.

How are burns classified?

If a person suffers a burn, the first determination is which degree it is. There are three classifications of burns: first degree, second degree and third degree. The seriousness of the burn also dictates the treatment of it.

Medical misdiagnoses and failed treatments

Massachusetts individuals who feel they or their loved ones have suffered from a medical misdiagnosis may wish to file a lawsuit against the medical professional who misdiagnosed them. However, several criteria must be met for a successful suit.

Researchers use autopsies to identify diagnosis errors

Massachusetts residents may be aware that the misdiagnosis of diseases and other afflictions is a persistent issue in the health care industry. According to researchers who studied diagnosis errors in 2009, the following afflictions are misdiagnosed more often than any other affliction, as reported by physicians themselves: pulmonary embolism, drug overdose or reaction, lung cancer, colorectal cancer and acute coronary syndrome. However, autopsies have been identified as a more effective means for eliciting misdiagnosis data, authorities state.

Doctors may not volunteer information about errors

Residents of Massachusetts who find themselves seeking medical care may want to ask their doctors a few questions. According to one board-certified radiologist, there are five facts that doctors know about but might not share unless they are asked.

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