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April 2015 Archives

Inducing labor could prevent birth injuries to large babies

According to a European study, some pregnant women with exceptionally large babies could benefit from labor induction. Arizona mothers might be interested to learn that doing this could reduce the risk of the babies' shoulders becoming stuck during birth, a condition called shoulder dystocia. This occurs when the head of the baby comes out but one or both of the shoulders become lodged behind the pelvic bone of the mother. This prevents the remainder of the baby from emerging and puts them at risk of suffering spinal nerve damage, suffocation and bone fractures. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists reports that this condition happens in approximately 1 percent of births that involve babies of normal weight but in approximately 10 percent of births with oversized infants.

Lung cancer screenings may lead to misdiagnoses

Long-time smokers in Arizona who are on Medicare now have the option of getting tested for lung cancer once a year, according to an announcement Medicare made in February 2015. To qualify for a yearly spiral CT scan, Medicare recipients must be between 55 and 77 years old and have smoked about one pack of cigarettes every day for at least 30 years.

The risks of burn injuries during surgery

Arizona residents might be interested in learning more about how surgical fires have injured many patients across the country. Researchers estimate that approximately 650 of these surgical fires occur at U.S. hospitals on an annual basis. Studies indicate that there might be up to four times as many situations that could be classified as incidents that were near misses, such as smoldering being quickly extinguished. In many cases, the circumstances resulting in a medical burn may be preventable.

Premature labor in Florida pregnancies

Women around the country experience premature labor in about 12 percent of all pregnancies. This type of labor is defined as going into labor prior to the 37th week of pregnancy, and increases the risk of potential health and neurological problems if it occurs between the 20th and 32nd weeks. Seeking medical attention for contractions occurring more than five times in one hour is important to ensure proper diagnosis and care.

Arizona doctors may be ordering unnecessary tests

A survey taken of 435 emergency room physicians nationwide reveals that 97 percent of all the surveyed doctors say that they have ordered medically unnecessary tests to prevent malpractice lawsuits. These tests affect patients from Arizona and around the nation. Unnecessary tests often return "false positives" that lead to more expensive treatments for illnesses patients may not actually have or reveal undiagnosed illnesses that have yet to emerge and have no impact on the patient's present life.

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