From double-dosing to wrong meds, study is first to track mistakes made by adults
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – Just in time for cold and flu season, a newly published study is showing how often adults make mistakes when giving medication to children. The study, led by researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital found that medication errors occur in a child every 8 minutes in the U.S., on average, and the numbers are inching up.. . . read more
Doctors Use Ultrasound to Find & Numb Certain Nerves, Eliminate Opioids for Pain
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) August 2014 – Any parent whose child has undergone surgery can tell you how nerve-racking it can be. Not only do parents worry about the pain associated with surgery, but also the drugs that are often used to control it.. . . read more
Doctors are among the first to implant stimulator to help with rare digestive issues
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) June 2014 – Imagine having to undergo hours of treatment every day, just to help your body process the foods you’ve eaten. That’s a painful reality for some children, like 16-year old Heather Rayser of northern California. For the last nine years, Heather has had to use saline and a mixture of medicines fed through a permanent tube in her abdomen, to flush out her digestive system. It is a process that takes hours every day and is often very painful. “I really can’t go anywhere or do much because my treatments take so long,” said Heather.
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Study tracks 2.5 million basketball injuries in teens, finds need for athletic trainers
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) April 2014 – A new study about injuries to high school basketball players has experts calling for some changes on the sidelines before next season.
Researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital studied injuries between 2005-2011 in the U.S. and found that more than 2.5 million high school basketball players were injured and there aren’t nearly enough athletic trainers were in schools to care for them.. . . read more
Gates that are meant to protect children actually send 1,800 a year to the hospital
(COLUMBUS, Ohio) May 2014 – A newly published study shows that baby gates, which are designed to help protect children around the house, are actually responsible for a growing number of injuries. “We looked at emergency department visits between 1990 and 2010, and found that the incidence of baby gate-related injuries nearly quadrupled,” said Lara McKenzie, PhD, lead author of the study and principal investigator at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. “Despite the voluntary standards and the recalls that we’ve seen for gates, we’re still seeing a really significant increase in the number of injuries related to them,” she said.. . . read more