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December 2016 Archives

Radiologists often not trained to detect elder abuse

Elder Kentucky residents are often at risk for suffering abuse. However, it can be difficult to detect abuse in the elderly, especially if the person cannot communicate about the mistreatment they are suffering either at home or in a nursing home. Radiologists are often highly trained to detect cases of abuse in children. With the proper training, they could also be able to assist with elder abuse cases.

Road safety campaign nets thousands of citations

Kentucky residents may be interested to know that 20,648 drivers were pulled over during Operation Safe Driver Week in October. That figure includes both commercial truck drivers and those driving passenger vehicles. There were 19,657 citations or warnings issued in the United States while another 991 were issued in Canada. Of those citations, roughly 75 percent of them were for speeding or other moving violations.

Infection outbreak blamed on surgical device

Heater-cooler devices that are used during many open-heart surgeries in Kentucky hospocould be the cause of serious infections, according to a study led by a Swiss doctor. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that HCDs are used in about 250,000 surgeries each year in the United States. A global outbreak of Mycobacterium chimaera has been linked to water circuits in the devices.

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