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Common surgical mistakes that still happen to patients

Finding out that you require a surgery for your best health or potentially for your survival is often nerve-wracking. There are so many issues that can arise in a surgery. Some people have allergies or terrible reactions to sedation, including general anesthesia. In some cases, these reactions can even prove fatal. There can be complications during the surgery, such as nicked veins or arteries. After the surgery, some people experience life-threatening bleeding infections.

All of these situations can happen even with the best trained medical staff carefully adhering to medical best practices. When a surgeon or surgical aid staff member makes a mistake, potential for even more significant issues arise. While most surgeries are completed without major issues, mistakes can and do happen. Certain kinds of surgical mistakes are more common than others.

3 of the biggest risk factors for a major crash

Most people who regularly drive on public roads in Iowa already take steps to reduce the risk of a motor vehicle collision. Even a minor crash which results in nothing but property damage can be expensive and time consuming. All too often, however, people end up injured or even dead as the result of a crash.

In order to avoid becoming part of a major collision, you can follow certain steps to reduce your risk. One of the simplest ways to reduce the potential for an accident is to understand what factors most contribute to your likelihood of having one.

3 tips to follow after getting into a car wreck

When the other vehicle hit you, your first thoughts were about missing work, not being home in time for dinner and the frustration of what you were going through. You just want to go home and get on with your day. You have minor-to-moderate injuries, your vehicle is totaled and all you want to do is to avoid the hassle. You're not alone. Lots of people feel that way.

After an accident, your focus has to be on your health. Although you may struggle to get back to work or have concerns about the state of your vehicle or property, those issues can wait. The most vital thing to remember after a crash is that your safety and health comes first. Here are three tips to follow after you suffer an injury.

4 tips for motorcycle riding in the rain

With the seasons changing, you might find yourself starting a weekend ride off in stellar conditions, but end up with rain, wind and possibly even icy roads. Less than optimal weather conditions do not have to keep you off your motorcycle, but it is important to take extra precautions when riding in wet weather.

Riding in rain takes a whole separate set of skills than those you use on dry roads. By preparing yourself and your bike for rainy weather, you can reduce your risk of a motorcycle accident. For some tips to handle riding in the rain, read below.

Car accidents: The 4 most frequent injuries

In most car accident scenarios, no one gets hurt. The drivers and passengers had their seatbelts on, the airbags successfully deployed and -- although they are a little rattled -- everyone involved walks away from the crash unharmed.

However, many crashes are so serious that people get hurt or killed. The injuries -- whether fatal or not -- usually involve the same issues.

6 most common birth injuries

Sometimes, during the birth process, a baby can suffer an injury or trauma. In some cases, the harm is unavoidable but, in others, the injuries are due to doctor negligence. In addition, birth injuries can range from mild to severe and have life-long consequences. Birth trauma can happen when the birth process is difficult, the child is above average in size, or the baby is in a less than optimal position.

Some of the conditions that can lead to a birth injury include premature birth, the mother's pelvis is too small for a natural birth, prolonged labor and a breech birth. To learn more about the most common birth injuries, read further.

Top 5 types of car accidents

Car accidents happen every day and for many reasons. You may have even already been involved in an accident while driving through Waterloo on your daily commute. While experience behind the wheel will help you avoid accidents, so will knowing what kinds of accidents are most common and how you can avoid them.

The following information can help you and your family to avoid becoming victims of a motor vehicle accident. Read below for a description of common car collisions and tips to stay safe.

Do you know why truck accidents happen in Iowa?

If you spend time on the roadways throughout the state of Iowa and everywhere else in the world, you obviously know that there are always trucks in close proximity to your vehicle.

While proximity to giant trucks is unavoidable, you need to keep something in mind: Truckers don't always take the safest approach as they make their way down the highway.

3 ways to protect yourself on a motorcycle

Motorcycle crashes can be devastating, particularly if there is a larger motor vehicle involved. It only takes a momentary mistake by another driver for an accident to happen. People may fail to notice your motorcycle and merge or turn into your lane. While the people in the vehicle aren't very likely to get hurt, you could get thrown from your motorcycle or even run over by a vehicle.

The summer is a great time to get your motorcycle out. It's also the time of year when accident rates tend to go up. Taking a few extra steps to ensure you are safe on your motorcycle may reduce your risk of a serious crash.

Medical mistakes can end up costing patients significantly

When you seek out medical care, typically you place a lot of trust in your doctor and nurses. You trust their decisions, their knowledge and their experience. Unfortunately, medical professionals make mistakes, just like everyone else. Sometimes, they're small with minimal negative impact. Other times, what seems like a minor mistake can have catastrophic results for the patient involved.

That's why most doctors carry medical malpractice insurance. These policies protect doctors and medical facilities from financial liability when mistakes cause serious injuries for patients.

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