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A Hard Draw: An Elderly Person’s Veins

You are visiting your elderly relative in the nursing home. You notice she has bruising all over the inside of her arm, you’re concerned she may be victim of elder abuse. When you ask her what happened she tells you that the nurse was “rough on her”. When you ask the head nurse about the details, she said that your… Read more →

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Blood Transfusions and the Risk of Contamination

When we think of incidents that could lead to charges of medical malpractice, the list might include misdiagnoses, anesthesia errors, and surgical negligence. But, what about blood contamination? Transfusion-transmitted infections may not be as common as other types of negligent-associated maladies and injuries, but the impact on the victim can be just as devastating. Exposure to contaminated blood through transfusions… Read more →

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The Vital Importance of Blood Donation

We’ve all seen them—big vans with smiling nurses outside, and people waiting in line to do a good deed: donate blood to those who desperately need it. Maybe you regularly donate blood. Or, maybe you normally walk past the vans, thinking how nice it is that people take part, but don’t sign up to donate yourself. Whether it’s for the… Read more →

The History of Blood Transfusions

Every two seconds in the United States, someone is in need of a blood transfusion, according to the American Red Cross. Thanks to the efficiency of current practices, in most scenarios that blood is already on the shelf awaiting the need. The fact that most patients can be given a transfusion at a moment’s notice saves countless lives every year.… Read more →

A Look at the Different Types of Blood Donations

When envisioning what a blood donation may look like, an image of what is called a ‘whole blood’ donation often comes to mind. In a whole blood donation, a donor will sit down, an IV needle will be inserted into his arm, and one pint of blood will be collected into a clear bag suspended above him. While it is… Read more →

Car Seat Safety For Kids: 101

A Safe Car Seat for Your Child Whenever you travel with your child, it is critical that your child remains restrained in a properly fitted car seat. With all of the various car seats available on the market, it is difficult to know which ones are the best and safest. Many parents, thinking they are choosing a safe seat may… Read more →

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Liability Caps And Patient Risk

Extraordinary cases of alleged medical malpractice have made the headlines as of late, and it’s brought tort reform once again back into the discussion sphere. The circumstances behind the surge in interest around reform are unfortunate, but it is a timely conversation. Three studies have recently been released which, while revealing different truths about tort reform, all point to what… Read more →

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Your Blood Donation Can Save the Life of a Car Crash Victim

Your blood donation can make the difference between life and death for a car crash victim. A single patient with a serious injury may require as much as 100 pints of blood, reports the American Red Cross. Type O negative is often in short supply because it can be given to patients of all blood types in emergency situations. Hospitals… Read more →

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Preparation Tips for a First Time Donor

The decision to donate blood is a potentially lifesaving one, but it’s also a very personal choice that should be made only after careful consideration. We can’t be expected to make such an important decision unless we have all the facts. The Blood Donor Safety team understands that and, as part of our effort to educate and assist donors with… Read more →