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Patient Safety & Preventive Measures

Falls Risk
One in every three adults age 65 and older experiences a fall. Falls are a common cause of injury and can result in serious injuries such as bone fractures, excessive bleeding, or worse.  Falls can even result in the loss of independence in older adults. 

You can help prevent falls by talking with your doctor about your risk and the steps you can take to help reduce your chance of a fall. 

Take our falls risk assessment today to find out if you are at risk. 

Avoiding the Risk of MRSA
MRSA is a type of staph bacteria that becomes resistant to many of the antibiotics used to treat a common staph infection. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), most MRSA infections appear as boils that are red, swollen, painful, and may have fluid drainage. These skin infections commonly occur at sites of visible skin trauma, such as cuts and abrasions, and areas of the body covered by hair. Almost all MRSA skin infections can be effectively treated and more serious infections that may come about such as pneumonia, bloodstream infections and bone infections are very rare to develop in healthy individuals. 

MRSA is an infection most commonly spread through skin-to-skin contact or contact with personal items that have touched the infected areas, such as a razor. The CDC has issued guidelines to help people avoid contracting the bacteria. In summary, the CDC advises the following: 

  • Practicing good hygiene (washing hands regularly, using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer), and showering closely after participating in exercise. 
  • Covering skin trauma such as abrasions or cuts with a clean, dry bandage until healed. 
  • Avoiding sharing personal items including towels and razors that come into contact with bare skin. 
  • Use a barrier such as clothing or towel between skin and shared equipment such as weight training benches. 
  • Maintaining a clean environment by establishing cleaning procedures for frequently touched surfaces that come into direct contact with people's skin. 

For more information and updates, visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website

Diagnostic Errors
Diagnostic errors occur when a diagnosis was either 'wrong, missed, or unintentionally delayed.' No-fault errors may occur when there are masked or unusual symptoms of disease, or when a patient does not cooperate in care. Diagnostic errors may also result from system-related issues such as equipment failure. A wrong diagnosis may also occur when a clinician relies too heavily on common symptoms and does not look further into what may be causing the symptoms.

Kids Health
KidsHealth is a valuable resource for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years. The website also provides families with perspective, advice, and comfort about a wide range of physical, emotional, and behavioral issues that affect children and teens. 

Family Doctor
Familydoctor.org provides health information on a wide variety of topics, with special sections for children, women, men, and seniors. There is an extensive index, dictionary, a section on healthy living, and information is also available in Spanish. All material is written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals.