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What is a surgical Never Event?

A Never Event has a fairly telling name. In the medical community, it's the term that refers to things that should never happen. Often, it relates to shocking or fatal errors.

For example, a patient comes in to have a lung removed. The surgeon operates on the wrong side of the body. This is known as wrong-side surgery or wrong-site surgery, and it is a classic Never Event. Many steps are taken to prevent it, such as clearly noting the correct side in the patient's records and marking the site on the body, but it happens anyway.

Electronic health records and emergency room errors

A trip to the emergency room can be a frightening experience for anyone. The ER is the last place you want to be, but you trust the doctors and nurses to take care of you properly.

Most ER staffers work with electronic health records, and they might update the computer systems they use or switch them out for newer versions from time to time. There is a learning curve with the introduction of a new system, allowing for mistakes, but the genesis of many emergency room errors is not quite that simple.

Getting help for chemical dependency

Addiction is something that many people suffer from in different forms. It is an illness that you should never feel ashamed of, but it is important to come to terms with it so that you can begin on a path to recovery. For an overwhelming number of people, it takes a criminal charge to make them realize that they need help.

The United States has quite strict legal consequences when it comes to drug possession. However, if a person who has been found with drugs on their possession and shows a potential for recovery, they may be eligible for a drug rehabilitation scheme instead of facing a sentence.

When does an ignition interlock device become mandatory?

The first time you're convicted of driving under the influence, you could see between 10 days and 12 months behind bars, anywhere from $300 in fines to $1,000 and a driver's license suspension that lasts for 12 months. You will also need to do community service for at least one standard work week (40 hours) and you'll have to go through a program for drug and/or alcohol use. You may have to go to a substance abuse program, as well, though that is decided by a clinical evaluation.

As you can see, though the list of ramifications is extensive, it does not include an ignition interlock device. This device attaches to your vehicle and it contains a breath test that you must pass. If you do not, your vehicle will not start. It's not mandatory after one conviction.

Georgia has earned a No. 2 ranking in strict DUI laws

Anyone who thinks it is okay to drink and drive in Georgia would do well to brush up on the state’s DUI laws, which include stiff criminal and administrative penalties, even for first-time offenders.

A nationwide survey gives the otherwise hospitable Peach State high marks for the punishment courts hand out to those convicted of driving under the influence.

Hospitals still risky places for patients in Georgia

It's never great to wind up in the hospital. However, winding up in the hospital in Georgia could be downright lethal.

Georgia's hospitals rank last when it comes to keeping patients safe from hospital-acquired infections. This would include:

  • infections in the bloodstream due to central care lines in veins for IV care
  • methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which is a bacterial infection that's difficult to treat
  • catheter-caused infections of the urinary tract

Understanding involuntary manslaughter

Being involved in a car accident that results in a person's death can be a devastating experience. It may be that the accident was a tragic occurrence that simply could not have been avoided. This can be true for situations where there is extreme weather or when there are external conditions that could have not been avoided by any driver involved.

However, there are other times when it is believed that one or multiple drivers' negligence was a contributory factor that led up to the car crash, and therefore, the person's death.

Are you about to become acquainted with the ALR procedure?

The holiday season is coming up, and there will be many festivities, including parties where your hosts serve alcohol. If a Georgia law enforcement officer pulls you over on your way home and discovers that you have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or above, the state of Georgia has some stiff penalties in store.

Under the Administrative License Revocation procedure, the officer who stops you can confiscate your driver’s license immediately.

Being charged with drug possession in Georgia

Georgia's state laws are relatively strict when it comes to drug possession and distribution. The state regulates prescription drugs in addition to illegal drugs, and, therefore, you can be subject to harsh sentences if you are found in wrongful possession of such drugs.

If you are found to have a very small amount of an illegal drug in your possession in Georgia, you could face harsh penalties. However, you will be charged with drug possession rather than an intent to distribute. If you are found with a significant amount of a drug that is more than what could be used for personal consumption, you can be charged with an intent to distribute, which is a much more serious crime.

Can a delay in treatment have negative consequences?

When you have symptoms of an illness that you believe is severe, it is important that you get seen by a doctor as soon as possible so that they can treat you and so that you can recover as quickly as possible.

However, when you have a long wait before you can see a doctor or you are diagnosed with a condition but you have to wait a long time before you get treated, this can obviously have an effect on the pain and suffering that you must endure, and also can mean that your condition progresses while you are waiting to be treated.