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It's time to permanently power down Note 7.

If you have traveled by air in the past few months, you may have heard this warning over the loud speaker prior to boarding the plane: owners of the Samsung Note 7 are advised to power down their phones until they have left the plane. Such advisements changed in October when Note 7 owners were banned from even stowing their phones on the aircraft. The devices have been prohibited on planes because flawed construction of the battery design causes the phone to overheat, leading to fires.

A report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission details Samsung's recall. As a result of faulty components in the phone, incidents have been documented in which the phones continuously charge without dissipating enough heat. As the phone cycles through charges, its high temperature causes the phone to melt, catch fire or explode. 92 reports filed with the Consumer Product Safety Commission confirm issues of this nature. Of these complaints on file, 26 incidents of burns were documented and 55 reports of fires were recorded.

Further protections to be established for nursing home residents

If you have been following our blog on nursing home abuse, you know that retirement facilities are required to meet standards established by the federal government. These guidelines set forth provisions to ensure that nursing home staff meets physical, medical and emotional needs residents may have. While such measures have been helpful, guidelines of this type have been on the books for quite some time, and new legislation designed to further the protection of residents has been blocked in Congress.

Until now.

Deadly hospital infections aren't being reported. Here's why.

Among the long list of hospital errors, preventable staph infections sadly remain at the top of the list.

A baby born 15 weeks premature died after 10 days in the neonatal intensive unit after developing a deadly infection-despite being born otherwise healthy. A three year old died after developing the flu. A healthy 23 year old mother died just a year after giving birth.

These and many similar stories have been provided in a recent Reuters report on hospital bacterial infections. But patients dying from these serious infections are not what is at the forefront of the story. A much larger issue is being debated.

Is your loved one being abused in a nursing home? These 4 questions may tell you

It's always a tough decision to place someone you love in a nursing home, but at the very least you expect for him or her to be cared for well. You certainly never expect for the nursing home staff to neglect, or worse, abuse their patients.

Sadly, nursing home abuse is a heartbreaking reality for thousands of grandparents, parents and other vulnerable people throughout the country. If you or someone you know has a loved one in a nursing home, paying attention to these four signs can help you spot neglect and abuse, and help keep nursing homes safe and comfortable like they should be.


Common symptoms of TBIs

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) are a major cause of death and disability in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that approximately 2.5 million TBIs occur every year in the United States and over 50,000 people die from the injury. Those who survive a TBI can suffer symptoms that last a few days to disabilities that last a lifetime.

The leading cause of TBIs? Falls, unintentional blunt trauma, motor vehicle crashes and assaults. And sometimes, determining whether a person has suffered a TBI as a result of head trauma can be difficult.

Medical negligence isn't just limited to doctors

Many people assume that they can sue their doctor for medical malpractice in the event of a medical mistake occurs that causes injury. But this isn't true. Many parties can be subject to medical malpractice, like compound pharmacies.

Compound pharmacy labs are actually very commonplace. They are basically medical labs tasked with altering or mixing medications to meet individual patient's needs.

But sadly, many patients unnecessarily suffer harm from medications mixed at these entities. Here's why.

Yes, there really are federal standards for nursing home care

Most people know that the State of Georgia has laws in place to protect the rights of residents in nursing homes and long-term care facilities. What many people may not realize, however, is that the U.S. Congress passed a federal law in 1987. The federal laws serve as the basis for minimum care standards that Georgia uses as the basis for nursing home abuse cases.

This could be the new way to stop medical mistakes

Coined in 2001, the phrase "never events" refers to appalling medical mistakes, like amputations of the wrong body part, that occur and shouldn't.

The National Quality Forum has compiled a list of the most prevalent types of never events and, among the list, are surgical procedures conducted on the wrong patient, serious injuries from contaminated drugs or devices, and artificial insemination with the wrong donor sperm.

Carelessly leaving an instrument, gauze or surgical sponge inside a patient's body cavity post surgery is another.

But one medical device company hopes to change this. They have introduced the "SurgiCount Promise." But what is it?

"Speed up their deaths" amid words spoken from hospice owner

A Texas medical company has received widespread media attention after reports surfaced that the company's owner allegedly directed the staff to "speed up hospice patient deaths."

The owner allegedly told staff to overdose patients and in a specific instance instructed a nurse to give a patient four times that allotted medication dosage.

Such action is enough to stun anyone, but now many people are asking why.

Beware: More and more nursing homes are doing this...

A 67 year old New England man found out the hard way. In 2006 and nearing 100 years of age, he admitted his mother to a nursing home. Three years later, she was found dead at the hands of her roommate.

An investigation showed that the nursing home facility was aware of the roommate's volatility. Workers claimed that the roommate was a "risk to herself and others," yet did nothing to safeguard his mother or other residents from harm.

He had plans to file a lawsuit against the nursing home for negligence, but something got in the way.

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