Spinal cord injuries are among the most devastating and life-changing types of injuries for those who suffer them. Life truly is never the same again, and even the most basic tasks of daily living must somehow be accomplished in a new way.
The downturn of the economy has drastically affected the real estate market and the ability of homeowners to stay current with their mortgage payments. Many individuals have lost their jobs, resulting in many homeowners not being able to make their mortgage payments. Homeowners have attempted to modify their loans or sell their homes in a short sale (A short sale is when a homeowner is selling his home for less than what is owed on the mortgage). Others have lost their homes in foreclosure.
A frequent cause of hospital errors is poor communication between staff members. When patients are constantly shuttled from one department to another, or from one caregiver to another, the chance of miscommunication keep increasing. And far too often, the result of that miscommunication is medical errors.
For years, thoughtful people within the medical profession have advocated for the use of checklists to prevent surgical errors. Passionate advocates for greater use of checklists include Atul Gawande, the Boston surgeon and New Yorker contributor, and Dr. Peter Pronovost of Johns Hopkins.