December 2012

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Kentucky Medication Errors Are Likely One of These Three Types

Each year, according to the Institute of Medicine, more than 1.5 million people in the United States get sick, injured, or killed as a result of medication errors—many of which are preventable. In addition to the cost to human lives, the additional cost of medication…

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I was recently prescribed two prescriptions for allergies, and my 12-year-old is taking medicine for ADHD. I have three young children (ages 3, 5, and 8). What precautions should I take so that they don’t get into these medications and get sick—or worse?

Here are some tips for parents from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding children and medications: Always recap and store medicines out of reach of your children. Never leave children alone with medicines. If you are called away while you are giving…

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Injectable Drug Errors Cost the United States Quite a Bit, Kentucky

Medication errors from injectable drugs harm more than a million people and cost an average of $600,000 per hospital each year, a new study proclaims. The study—the first to specifically examine adverse drug events (ADEs) from injectable medication—was published online on December 12, 2012, by…

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Providence Man Killed in Two-Vehicle Crash in Webster County Kentucky

Two vehicles collided in Webster County Kentucky earlier this month, resulting in one driver losing his life. The accident occurred on U.S. 41-Alternate near Providence Kentucky on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at approximately 1:40 a.m.  According to the Kentucky State Police, 20-year-old Nicholas Marvel of…

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How Important Are Radiologists in Identifying Elder Abuse?

A study that was recently presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) suggests that radiologists may have an important role to play in identifying suspected elder abuse. The study found that radiologists may have begun to identify a pattern…

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It’s the holiday season, and my elderly aunt seems depressed. Do you have any suggestions?

You can do so much to brighten the holidays for your aunt. Here are some suggestions from the Office of the Ombudsman for the Institutionalized Elderly (OOIE): Visit often. Just show up and smile! Take your kids or grandkids. Take a pet, if the nursing…

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