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What are the causes of wrong-site surgery?

If you or a member of your family expect to undergo a surgical procedure, you should know about the causes that can lead to wrong-site surgery. The unexpectedness of wrong-site surgery and its potential to cause serious physical and psychological injury or death prompted the Joint Commission to identify it as a sentinel event in the late 1990s.

What is universal protocol?

Surgical errors in Louisiana are thankfully quite rare, but when they do occur, they can be devastating. Of the many ways that your surgery can go wrong, among the most likely, relatively speaking, are surgery on the wrong patient, surgery at the wrong site or performance of an incorrect procedure. In the interest of preventing these kinds of errors and ensuring your safety during surgery, the Joint Commission, a nonprofit medical services accreditation organization, has set standards for surgical personnel to follow to double-check that the information identifying patient, procedure and site is correct. The collective term for these standards is the Universal Protocol. 

Man admits to being drunk when hitting cyclists

For people in Louisiana, Mardi Gras parades are some of the most iconic events that represent the heart and soul of the local culture. These events can be enjoyed by a range of people and should be only causes for celebration but, sadly, it only takes one very selfish and irresponsible person to turn a joyous event into something tragic. That is precisely what happened at an Endymion Mardi Gras parade this year.

Trucker killed when hit by another semi-truck

People in Louisiana are taught that the shoulder area along a freeway is supposed to be the safe place for them to stop if their vehicle breaks down or after they have been involved in an accident. While the shoulder might be a safer place to stop than in the middle of a traffic lane, it is far from truly safe, especially when on a busy freeway with vehicles of all sizes commonly travelling at high speeds.

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