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Nurses who don't take sick days endanger patients

Patients rely on nurses for most of their care when they're in a hospital -- but sometimes nurses make poor decisions that end up doing more harm than good.

One of the most negligent things a nurse can do is come to work when he or she is sick and carrying a contagious virus.

Man falls to his death while working on ice rink

While working at the New England Sports Center, a worker fell to his death. He was just 30 years old. Reports indicate that he was on an elevated beam when he fell, dropping around 50 feet to the ground.

The crew was working to add a pair of ice rinks to the sports complex. Though the job was taking place in Massachusetts, the man himself was from Arizona, and he was working for Alpha Steel Erectors, which is a company based out of Colorado Springs.

4 medical charting errors that can ruin a patient's life

Medical records are the heart and soul of a claim for medical malpractice because inaccurate or incomplete medical records are a serious danger for patients.

While modern medicine invests heavily in technology, hospital charting errors still happen because electronic charts still rely on human beings to fill in the blanks. Some of those human beings are careless, disinterested, distracted, tired or simply inept.

Hospitals forget about mothers after childbirth

Childbirth is traumatic for mothers and children, but those children are often the focus for the medical staff. While this makes sense on some levels due to the vulnerability of newborns, some experts have said that the staff won't pay nearly enough attention to mothers, leading to far higher fatalities rates than are necessary.

Some issues don't show up right away, taking lives days or weeks after the mother has been discharged from the hospital. These include issues like cardiomyopathy, blood clots, hemorrhages, infections and more.

Why it's not always a bad idea to consult Dr. Google

The Internet gives us access to a wealth of medical information at our fingertips. Yet it can also be a double-edged sword. Many of us have fallen down the rabbit hole of Googling our symptoms: What starts out as a probable cold turns into a likely case of terminal cancer.

Perhaps because of this tendency to get side-tracked by overwhelming information, some doctors advise patients not to look up their symptoms online. They point out that there's a distinction between reading medical information and correctly interpreting and applying it. The latter requires specialized skill and training.

What risk factors increase the chances of a birth injury?

Birth is not an easy process, and children can be injured. Some injuries are minor, but some can be life-changing, and some children even pass away during childbirth.

There are some risk factors parents and doctors should be aware of. For example, the weight of the baby is very important. A child who is born weighing more than 8 pounds and 13 ounces may have a higher risk than a child with a lower birth weight.

Operating room fires endanger patients

Of all of the dangers that patients have to worry about when they go into an operating room, an accidental fire shouldn't be one of them.

Unfortunately, operating rooms are exactly the right arena for fires to start -- they have heat, fuel and oxygen in abundance, and it only takes a moment of inattention when working with a laser tool or or a fiberoptic cable tip to start a fire. While the operating room is likely to sustain little damage, the same can't be said of the patient.

Woman develops uncommon infection after cosmetic surgery

A woman who wanted to have cosmetic surgery done went to the Dominican Republic for the procedure. This is something that people in the profession often call "medical tourism."

Unfortunately, things did not go as well as planned. She felt like things were not right when she got back to Boston. A pus-like fluid -- though it was a bit thinner -- kept showing up at the incision sites. She said that it would leak enough during the night that she'd wake up and her clothes would be drenched.

Be aware of the 5th leading cause of young adult deaths

Strokes are not medical events that only impact the elderly. The older you get, you are probably starting to grasp the reality that old age is relative. Technically, you might be seen to others as, well, old -- or at least older. 

If you are reading this and looking for legal information, you are not a child. And even if you are 18 you are not immune from suffering a stroke. Studies show that the rate of strokes among young adults has increased. This includes women, not just men as stroke victims.