Pediatric knee injuries are common and seen frequently in the emergency department. The injuries range from minor to significant, but all have the potential to affect the patient's future participation in athletics — as well as normal childhood, and then adult, activities. The authors comprehensively cover pediatric bony knee injuries, including diagnostic testing, management, and referrals.
Trauma to the mouth and throat is very common. Fortunately, the majority of the injuries are minor, but early and timely recognition of critical, potentially devastating injuries is essential. The authors provide a thorough review highlighting critical injuries and their management.
The Strategies to Reduce Injuries and Develop Confidence in Elders study produced breakthrough findings that suggest fall prevention among older adults is more challenging than the authors of previous research found.
Recent studies challenge assumptions about how case managers and other healthcare professionals can reduce fall risk among older patients with comorbidities and recent hospital stays. The key is to focus on fall risk from just before a person is hospitalized to weeks after hospitalization.
This case presents a rare occasion where a defendant care provider — a federally funded hospital — acknowledges and stipulates to liability, rather than challenging liability in the first instance. It is a rare occasion, but not without a logical explanation.
This case revealed multiple important issues on appeal relevant to medical malpractice cases generally. These issues can be divided into three general groups: issues about causation, issues about periodic payment, and issues about the exclusion of witnesses.
Needlestick injuries are on the rise after a long period of decline. Healthcare organizations may not be taking the risk of infection as seriously as they once did. A national expert on needlestick injuries is urging risk managers to reassess prevention programs and respond more aggressively when staff and physicians are injured.
A nurse-managed, individually tailored falls prevention plan administered for at least 20 months did not significantly reduce risk of serious fall injuries in older adults at high risk for falls, according to the results a recent study.
Controlling workers’ compensation costs is challenging for any employer, and healthcare employers face difficult work-related situations. Paying attention to some of the most common and costliest risks can help manage the financial effects.