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Understanding and preventing wrong-site surgeries

While surgeons in New York may not intend to make surgical errors, it is important to recognize that certain factors may create a greater possibility of issues such as wrong-site surgeries. Reporting of these errors to the Joint Commission increased from 15 incidents in 1998 to 592 in 2007, but an increase in voluntary reporting does not necessarily indicate an increase in the number of events. Such incidents are more likely in some practice areas; 20 percent of hand surgeons may commit such an error, and up to 25 percent of orthopedic surgeons might be involved in a wrong-site surgery.

Some of the most common causes of wrong-site medical errors include issues with leadership, noncompliance with established preventive procedures and failures in communication. Top risk factors tied to wrong-site surgeries can include changes in rooms for procedures, the use of unfamiliar or unusual equipment or setup, and patients' physical features such as deformities or obesity. Time pressures and emergency situations are also strongly connected to such errors. Complicating the surgery with multiple procedures or multiple surgeons at the same time could also play a role in an increased risk of surgical errors.

Pedestrian injured in New York car accident

A livery cab was reportedly traveling south in Brooklyn on Sept. 2 around 12:40 p.m. when the driver attempted to make a right turn. The driver struck a flatbed truck that was also attempting to turn, causing the cab driver to lose control of the car and jump the curb. The cab then struck a 29-year-old woman on the sidewalk.

A witness stated that the woman was lying on the ground shaking and that there was a lot of blood. Another witness stated that both drivers remained on the scene after the accident. The woman was taken to Lutheran Hospital in critical condition.

New York pedestrian killed in auto accident while crossing road

A 58-year-old woman recently lost her life. She was reportedly struck and killed by a New York cab as she was crossing the street. Multiple witnesses and construction workers came to the woman's rescue after the auto accident when she became trapped underneath the cab.

The accident happened on a recent Friday afternoon. While the driver of a cab was attempting to make a left turn, the vehicle hit the woman as she was crossing. After the impact, the woman was thrown underneath the taxi and dragged for a considerable distance. Several witnesses of the incident rushed to the woman's aid and some even flipped the vehicle onto its side to attempt to save her. A doorman asked her if she was okay, but there was no response.

New York student killed in car accident

Authorities are still investigating a crash that claimed the life of a 20-year-old female college student. The New York student was majoring in political science and was a member of the sorority, Kappa Delta. In response to the fatal car accident, the university is offering counseling services to those in the community.

The accident took place on a recent Friday afternoon. According to reports, the student was attempting the cross the street and was walking behind another person when she was struck. Upon an initial investigation, authorities determined that the driver had swerved in an attempt to steer away from hitting the other individual, but ended up striking the student. Sadly, the student was pronounced dead, and her organs are being donated.

New York woman dies in drunk driving accident

A woman was killed in a recent accident that happened in Brooklyn. She was a passenger in an apparent drunk driving accident that, according to the police, had more than one intoxicated driver. New York authorities have charged two motorists in this matter.

The accident happened on a recent Sunday morning, and according to reports, a 32-year-old woman was a rear seat occupant in a Nissan sedan that was traveling in the eastbound direction. The driver apparently tried to turn left at an intersection, but her vehicle collided with a Chevy Camaro. The impact ripped apart the back of the Nissan, and the off the roadway and into some parked cars. Authorities do not know if the woman was ejected from the vehicle or if she suffered head trauma within the vehicle.

New York man allegedly drunk at the time of auto accident

A man was allegedly driving under the influence when he was involved in a recent car accident in Suffolk County. The auto accident injured two people in a head-on collision, and one is in serious condition. The New York man was charged with driving while intoxicated and was detained overnight.

Reports indicate that the man was headed east on a local roadway early on a Saturday morning. His Chevy Malibu crashed head-on with a Toyota sedan that was headed west. The Toyota driver suffered only minor injuries and was transported to the hospital for treatment. A 21-year-old female occupant in the Toyota suffered serious injuries and was also taken to the hospital. There were four other occupants in the Toyota, but the exact details of their conditions have not been reported.

Car accident that killed 8 people results in settlements

One of the most common causes of severe injuries and death are auto accidents. This is true for this case in which 8 were killed in the tragic New York car accident. Lawsuits were filed and, recently, settlements were reached for undisclosed amounts.

The accident was reportedly caused by a wrong-way minivan driver. Back in 2009, a woman was on her way home, but for some reason, she ended up driving in the wrong lanes. She traveled for two miles until she ended up crashing into an SUV in a head-on collision. The aftermath of the crash left multiple people dead, including the driver of the minivan and her 2-year-old daughter.

New York couple and daughter killed in car accident

A 20-year-old man was recently arrested. He faces multiple charges regarding a car accident that killed two people and injured an 11-year-old. New York authorities are still investigating this incident.

According to reports, the man was operating in a dangerous manner while three underage children were in the vehicle with him. He dropped the passengers off at a fast food restaurant and then reportedly proceeded to drive in the wrong lane. One of the vehicles forced off the road to avoid an impact was a police cruiser. A police chase eventually ensued, the man reportedly crashed into a Honda and the occupants were trapped in the vehicle until rescue crews extricated them.

Auto accident leaves bicyclist in critical condition

A bicyclist was injured in a recent accident and remains hospitalized. The auto accident left him with critical injuries that he endured as a result of a collision with an SUV. New York authorities are still investigating the crash and what may have contributed to the collision.

Reportedly, a man was traveling on his bike and was headed in the eastbound direction on a recent Saturday afternoon. The driver of a Chevy SUV was trying to make a left-hand turn onto a street when the collision occurred. The driver did not sustain any injuries and remained at the scene with authorities. However, the bicycle rider was taken to the hospital and is listed in critical condition.

Women reportedly injured in auto accident with bus

Authorities report that two women were left injured after they were involved in a motor vehicle accident involving a bus. The women were in midtown Manhattan when a New York bus allegedly struck them during a morning commute. The auto accident caused one of the women to suffer critical injuries.

According to reports, the two women were standing at an intersection when the driver of a private bus was traveling to the parking lot. The bus was in the midst of making a turn when it supposedly struck both of the women. The bus did not have any passengers riding in it at the time of the crash.

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