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ANESTHESIA

Anesthesia, if properly administered, can allow us to undergo a wide spectrum of procedures which would otherwise be impossible to perform. Most of the time there are no major complications from the use of anesthesia. However, mistakes sometimes happen and the results can be deadly.

The National Institute of Health provided an analysis of a report issued by the American Journal of Anesthesiology published in April of 2009, which studied anesthesia related deaths from 1995 to 2005. The report cited 2,211 deaths during that time period either directly related to anesthesia, or where it was a major contributing factor.

There are several factors that contribute to anesthesia mistakes:
Insufficient or inaccurate medical history completed by the anesthesiologist;Equipment malfunction;Inaccurate dosing or dispensing of medication;Lack of communication during the procedure between medical team members;Poor monitoring of the equipment and/or the patients’ status during the procedure;;Fail…

Whiplash

Whiplash can be a serious injury and can even result in long term medical problems if it is not diagnosed and treated properly. If you are suffering from whiplash, the key is to promptly seek medical treatment. You should be aware of the symptoms of whiplash, which may include: Headaches;Dizziness or blurred vision;Neck, shoulder, and back pain;Difficulties concentrating;Tingling in your extremities such as your arms or hands; andUnexplained fatigue
Although most people associate the term whiplash with auto accidents, it can also be caused by many other activities including those with much less impact. Any activity which causes your neck to extend and flex in an unnatural whipping motion can cause damage to your muscles and other soft tissues in the cervical area of your neck causing whiplash. Other activities where whiplash can occur include: Winter related accidents such as slipping on ice or failing on the ski slope;Injuries in contact sports such as basketball, footbal…