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Be your child's advocate if they're in intensive care

Having a child in the pediatric intensive care unit is a frightening experience for parents. The focus of your efforts when this happens is likely going to be keeping your child safe. While you might trust the medical care team that's in charge of your child's case, it's imperative that you take steps to make sure that your child gets the best care possible.

There are many aspects of medical care that you might not be familiar with in the PICU, so be sure you ask questions and understand what's going on with your child. The more information you have, the better you can watch what's happening and know if there's anything amiss.

Three signs of mistreatment by a caregiver

As we’ve reported in this blog before, abuse in senior living facilities is a disturbingly common problem in the United States. You want to do everything possible to protect your loved one and advocate on their behalf if you suspect wrongdoing. However, if certain factors are preventing your loved one from opening up about their abuse or neglect, it can sometimes be difficult to spot.

Today we provide three things to look for as possible indicators of elder abuse:

Unauthorized use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes

Antipsychotic drugs are a category of drug designed to treat severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. The drugs have an incredibly powerful sedative effect, which can render a patient virtually catatonic. They are only meant to treat patients suffering from a psychotic episode involving such symptoms as hallucinations and delusions. They are not intended to be a catch-all sedative treatment for non-psychotic patients expressing pain or distress.

However, default sedation through antipsychotics is commonly employed by nursing staff in senior living communities around the country.

Dermatology has a skin color problem

COVID-19 has created an overwhelming health care crisis in the United States and around the world. Hundreds of hospitals in the U.S. are at or near capacity treating patients with the most severe symptoms affecting their ability to breathe.

But the virus has also exposed a disparity when it comes to skin disorders and a lack of diagnosis in people of color. One international registry contains more than 700 cases of coronavirus skin manifestations, but just 34 Hispanic and 13 Black patients were involved.

Hospital refuses to admit mistakes, even to a doctor

Dr. Steven Horowitz is a retired neurologist from Maine and still teaches his specialty to future medical professionals at Tufts University School of Medicine. He is also a faculty member of the Maine Medical Center.

However, a 2018 visit to California to visit his daughter nearly led to a life-threatening medical mistake that could have cost the now-78-year-old physician his mobility and left the medical facility facing a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Sudden and Severe Back Pain Combined with Anticoagulation Medication Should Not be Dismissed

Recently, McKeen & Associates attorneys Brian McKeen and Kenneth Lee reached a settlement in the amount of $600,000 for a client who received negligent medical care over the course of three trips in four days to the emergency department of the defendant hospital.

McKeen Settles Wrongful Death Case Involving Common, but Deadly Ailment

McKeen and Associates attorneys Brian McKeen and Todd Schroeder recently settled a case for $450,000 in excess of insurance limits, for the wrongful death of a man due to the failure of his physician to recognize the clear signs and symptoms of pulmonary embolism.

What are the risks associated with chiropractic care?

People who have back or neck pain, as well as some other conditions, may opt to pursue care from a chiropractor. They often think that this is a safe alternative to other medical care or that it will complement traditional medicine.

While it is true that chiropractic care is relatively safe, there are some risks that come with it. Before you have an adjustment, your chiropractor should discuss the benefits and the risks with you so that you can determine whether to have the treatment or not.

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