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Ohio Family Dies Due To Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

A recent tragedy occurred in Geona Township, Ohio when four members of the Reitter family died after a faulty water heater released carbon monoxide into their home.

According to local investigators, the water heater was similar to a model that was part of a recent product recall by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Medical mistake can end a career

A professional is typically someone who has undertaken rigorous training and or education to attain a level of expertise in his or her chosen field. Surgeons are among this group and people entrust their lives to them. A surgical error, or medical mistake, can have catastrophic consequences in Ohio.

A man in another state, who happened to be a professional athlete, brought a lawsuit against a surgeon and a hospital for a mistake made in a surgery that the gentleman claimed caused the end of his career. The man had been admitted and was scheduled for surgery to relieve back pain that was hampering his athletic career. Following the surgery, the patient continued to suffer back pain and also had issues involving his spinal fluid.

Failure to accurately report test results causes medical mistake

Baby boomers are looking to enjoy a long and healthy retirement in Ohio. One proactive measure that many take to help ensure that outcome is to have a cancer screening. Recommended screenings include colonoscopies, mammograms and monitoring moles and other irregularities for possible skin cancers. While having the tests done is an excellent idea, a medical mistake can severely limit the efficacy of the test itself.

A recent case illustrates how failure to accurately report test results can have a catastrophic impact on a patient's life. A woman went for a colonoscopy when she turned 50. The examination revealed a polyp in the colon. Polyps can be cancerous and are typically removed if encountered in a colonoscopy and sent to a lab for further examination. That occurred in this case and the polyp was found to be cancerous, and there was evidence that not all of the cancer had been removed.

Hospital parking lot's negligent security concerns many

Whether arriving for work, going shopping or taking care of business matters, Ohio residents may use parking lots at any time of the day or night. With distractions like cellphones, to-do lists and deadlines, they may not always be aware of their surroundings. In fact, they may take for granted that they are safe from harm until a predator takes advantage of a parking lot's negligent security.

A woman in another state is still trying to recover from the emotional trauma of a robbery at gunpoint. She had parked in the employee lot of the hospital where she worked when three men attacked her, took her purse and keys, and drove off in her car. Although two of the men supposedly crashed the car the next day, police did not arrest them despite finding a gun in the vehicle.

Nicotine in vaping devices may be a dangerous product

Until recently, nicotine use among young people in Ohio and around the nation was on the decline. However, the introduction of e-cigarettes, also known as vaping, appears to be reversing this trend. It is estimated that as many as 21% of high school students have taken up the habit of vaping. The juice that is used in the vaping devices often contains nicotine, which is known to be a dangerous product that is an addictive and potentially cancer-causing substance. It is also believed that the liquids contain chemical ingredients that can interfere with brain development.

In a move to help protect young people from the potential dangers of vaping, the Governor of Ohio is proposing raising the age to purchase these products from 18 to 21. A recent study showed that fewer than half of the regular users began using before the age of 18. It is hoped that increasing the purchasing age will help reduce the number of first-time users in the school population.

Justice Department files federal charges over defective product

When the average consumer purchases a product, they do so with the expectation that the item will perform in the manner described. Unfortunately, there have been many cases when a purchase resulted in significant damages or physical injury when the item malfunctioned. Currently, there are ongoing recalls for a defective product that could be in use in homes in Ohio.

Recently, the U.S. Justice Department filed federal charges against two company executives who are purportedly responsible for allowing the sale of Gree dehumidifiers that have been implicated in causes fires. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging consumers to check their devices against the recall lists in order to prevent further damages. There have been an estimated 500 fires that were caused by a dehumidifier overheating. It is estimated that these fires have resulted in more than $25 million in damages and the death of one family pet so far.

Serious medical mistake has tragic consequences

People in Ohio and around the nation tend to trust their doctors to deliver accurate medical information and certainly accurate test results. A diagnosis of cancer, while not always the death sentence it once was, is still frightening. In a recent case in another state a man received a cancer diagnosis and had surgery as a result of the diagnosis, only to then find out that he did not have cancer at all. A serious medical mistake led to the mishap.

The man went to the doctor with symptoms that could indicate prostate cancer, and so a biopsy was done. The man and his wife were told that he did have prostate cancer and the best option was to remove the prostate. The surgery was completed but not without complications. The man was left impotent and incontinent following the procedure. It was then discovered that his test results had been confused with another man's and the surgery had been completely unnecessary.

Lack of communication can be a factor in a medical mistake

Humans are, by their nature, flawed beings. No one is perfect, and this extends to the medical community. Doctors make mistakes as they are only human. Sadly, in too many cases, a medical mistake can have serious or catastrophic consequences. A recent study showed that a disproportionate number of mistakes in Ohio and around the country involved children.

The study revealed that communication, or lack of clear communication, contributed to many of the cases. This included communication between doctors, specialists and lab personnel as well as between doctors and parents. Failure to communicate test results and inadequate communication between doctors and parents regarding post-traumatic home care both contributed to patient misdiagnoses, which then resulted in medical claims.

Impaired driving may have contributed to interstate crash

The interstate highway system exists in part to move a large amount of traffic in one direction fairly quickly. Wrong-way and do-not-enter signs are posted on interstate exit ramps in an attempt to prevent cars from entering an interstate while moving in the wrong direction. Sadly, cars still end up on the wrong side of the interstate, driving against traffic and sometimes with tragic results. One such crash, that may have involved impaired driving, happened recently in Ohio.

A family of three was recently traveling south on I-75 near Moraine when they encountered a vehicle traveling north. The northbound vehicle struck the southbound vehicle head-on. The force of the impact caused fatal injuries to all three of the occupants of the southbound vehicle, one of whom was a 10-year-old-girl.

Excessive dose of painkillers leads to a medical malpractice case

Physical pain is hard to live with and can be severely debilitating. It can interfere with one's ability to work and live on a day-to-day basis. Combating pain is a major focus of modern medicine. While a doctor's mission is to help heal and relieve pain, a doctor also takes an oath to cause no harm. A doctor in Ohio is being sued for medical malpractice related to pain medication.

The doctor had prescribed pain medication for a 64-year-old woman in his care in a Columbus hospital. The woman allegedly died as a result of an excessive dose of painkillers. The doctor in question is accused of ordering large doses of pain medication for dozens of patients under his care.

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