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November 2014 Archives

Preventing healthcare-acquired infections

Pneumonia, urinary tract infections, blood stream diseases: These are all conditions that can drive people to a healthcare facility for treatment. Unfortunately, too many people in California and across the country will actually contract these infections from simply spending time in the facility for an unrelated condition. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 1 in 25 patients will experience a healthcare-associated disease, which includes a surgical site infection, leading to a worsened medical condition and additional treatment.

Defining and eliminating distracted driving in California

Many drivers in California are probably aware of the campaigns aimed to reduce cell phone use while driving. The state actually defines the behavior as anything that could take a motorist's eyes off the road. That includes texting, talking on the phone, eating, programming a GPS, reading maps or grooming.

Jury awards $8.45 million to family of child with cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy is a serious condition that can stem from complications that happen during birth. Physicians in California can help prevent the issue by ensuring that the baby does not experience a lack of oxygen. Monitoring the mother and the baby during labor and delivery is a key part of spotting a potential problem and taking the steps to correct it. As one recent incident illustrates, failing to do so have serious consequences.

Factoring insurance into dog bite claims

A dog attack can result in physical trauma that, in addition to causing emotional distress, can also create large medical bills for California victims. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that for every five instances, one dog bite will result in a serious injury that merits medical attention. What’s more, roughly half of dog attack victims are children.