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Maryland may allow video surveillance of nursing home rooms

Had it not been for  video surveillance in nursing homes throughout New York state, many nursing home residents who were the victims of neglect and abuse at the hands of their caregivers would still be suffering. The use of hidden video surveillance has become so effective in prosecuting the offenders there that over the past few months New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has increased the number of nursing homes that have cameras. Now Maryland may be following suit. MSNBC reports that a bill is making its way through the house that would require nursing homes in Maryland to let ... Read More

Woman’s sight restored after TEN

Judy Ziegler’s eyes had endured a lot over the years. In 1995, the Myersville, Maryland woman experienced severe scarring in her eyes when she had an adverse reaction to medication resulted in toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN). TEN is the most severe form of Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS), a life-threatening hypersensitivity disorder that presents with a rash on the skin that then blisters over, causing the skin to fall off in sheets. SJS/TEN also affects the mucus membranes causing blisters in the mouth and on the eyes. The fatality rate of those with TEN approaches 40 percent. Though she miraculously recovered, ... Read More

Holiday season turns tragic for many ATV owners

This holiday season has been a tragic one for many ATV owners and their families. Recent reports nationwide tell of people of all ages becoming seriously injured and in some cases dying in ATV rollovers and other accidents. In Maryland, Joseph Paciera, 24, died Tuesday night when he lost control of the ATV he was driving and struck a tree. He was pronounced dead at the scene. His passenger, a 21-year-old Maryland woman was rushed to the hospital, where she is being treated for life-threatening injuries. Authorities say that the ATV rolled over and landed on top of Panciera and ... Read More

web site gives free nursing home info

Choosing a skilled nursing facility for a family member can be a daunting task. A web site, MemberoftheFamily.net, aims to help by offering free, easy-to-understand reports based on government surveys of approximately 16,000 nursing homes across the country. The site allows readers to review past and present state survey results, fire safety violations and substantiated complaints for all Medicare/Medicaid-certified nursing homes anywhere in the United States. Perhaps the most useful tool on the site is the National Watch List, which provides a listing of nursing homes cited for violations or that have received substantiated complaints. This list is broken down ... Read More

Possible good news for medtronic defibrillator patients with defective leads

The Medtronic recall and the concern being expressed about the St. Jude Riata leads has left patients in fear that they have defective defibrillator lead wires in their chest that cannot be removed. Both Medtronic and the FDA have suggested that for most patients, removing the leads is not the best option because of the risks associated with the removal. The good news, according to a recent article in Medical Device Week, is that medical technology is moving towards a safe and effective way to remove leads if they become damaged or dangerous to the patient. Leads can become hazardous ... Read More