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November 2016 Archives

Overweight patients have the same rights as others

Do obese patients receive poor care compared to those who are not? That's a good question, particularly for patients who may be overweight. There have been claims made that doctors are prejudiced against obese patients. Why? Many may assume that their medical problems are a result of their weight.

Crushing injuries result in serious problems

Anytime a person is trapped for a length of time, there's a potential for crush syndrome. Crush syndrome is relatively rare, and it's most often a result of catastrophic natural disasters or severe car or truck accidents. It occurs when the patient is trapped for a significant length of time under a crushing weight. If the time exceeds four hours, then this is considered significant.

Elderly patients may need additional help in medical facilities

It might not be surprising, but the older you get, the worse the hospital can be for you. Many senior and elderly patients deteriorate physically and mentally when they're in the hospital, even if they get over their original illness or injury. Around a third of patients over the age of 70 and over half of the patients who are over the age of 85 leave hospitals in worse condition than when they arrived.

Trucking industry turning to the retired to fill roles

Older commercial truck drivers could be more dangerous on the national highways than their younger counterparts, according to a report on CBS News. The American Trucking Industry is facing a shortage of drivers, and it's believed that around 48,000 drivers are needed just to move 70 percent of goods in the United States.

Violence Against Health Care Workers

Worker's compensation policies are in place to help protect workers if they sustain an injury at work, but there are some industries and situations where not all injuries are taken as seriously as they could be. The health care industry is one of these. One notable risk that is prevalent for health care workers, that isn't nearly as big an issue in other industries, is violence in the workplace. In 2013, hospital workers in the private sector were five times more likely to miss work because they were injured by a violent act than other workers in the private sector.

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