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According to a recent study, gastric feeding tubes prescribed for patients who suffer from dementia may actually increase the risk of pressure ulcers, also called bed sores.

Many dementia patients eventually have a difficult time eating. Swallowing especially can be affected by the disease, which can lead to aspiration pneumonia.  As a result, doctors frequently prescribed the insertion of gastric feeding tubes. The tube is inserted in a small incision that is made in a patient’s abdomen and that is how the patient receives nutrition.

Gastric feeding tubes cause many dementia patients to become agitated. As a result, it often becomes necessary to restrain and sedate them. With the patient now restrained in bed for the majority of time, the risk of bed sores greatly increases. The study revealed that 35.6 percent of patients, who did not initially have bed sores before a feeding tube was inserted, developed a stage 2 bed sore (or worse) with the feeding tube. Fewer than 20 percent of patients who did not have feeding tubes developed bed sores.

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head injury, New Braunfels personal injury lawyer, personal injury attorney, negligenceA new study by Scottish researchers from Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow has revealed that adults who are hospitalized with minor head injuries are at almost twice the risk of dying within fifteen years of their injury than someone with no head injury.

Many studies have proven that there is a high risk of death subsequent to a severe head injury, but until now, there had not been a significant amount of research on the effects of minor head injuries. The study’s results were published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, but the researchers are not sure whether it’s long-term effects from the injury or lifestyle that causes the risk to double. The researchers looked at medical records from February 1995 to February 1996 of 2,428 adults who were hospitalized with mild head injuries. The team also had a comparison group of patients who had been hospitalized for other medical issues other than head injuries. A second comparison group was made up of people who had no history of any head injuries and had not been hospitalized. The study then focused on what happened to the subjects of all three groups over the next 15 years. The head injury patients died at a rate of 2.45 percent every year. The first comparison group died at a rate of 1.96 percent every year and the second comparison group had a death rate of 1.34 percent every year. There were more marked differences in mortality rates with the group of minor head injury patients under the age of 55 years old when the study began. Their chance of dying was four times larger than the second comparison group. Researchers also found that adults who get minor head injuries typically have a less healthy lifestyle, including both heavy drinking and lack of exercise, prior to and after being injured. There is also often a history of head injuries. That, the authors of the study say, could be the result of “chronic brain changes” caused by multiple head injuries, but that more research is needed before making a definitive conclusion. If you have suffered head injuries caused by a slip or fall due to a property owner’s negligence, contact an experienced New Braunfels personal injury attorney to find out what civil actions you may be able to take against the owner.

car airbag, product recall, New Branufels injury attorney, Texas lawyer, car accidents, safetyNissan has announced a recall of approximately 1 million vehicles because of issues with front passenger side airbags not inflating in crashes. According to the company, both 2013 and 2014 Nissan and Infiniti vehicles are affected by what appears to be a defect in the software that controls the airbags.

The models being recalled include:

  • 2013-2014 Nissan Altima;
  • 2013-2014 Nissan Leaf;
  • 2013 Nissan NV200;
  • 2013-2014 Nissan Pathfinder;
  • 2013-2014 Nissan Sentra;
  • 2013 Infiniti JX35;
  • 2014 Infiniti Q50; and
  • 2014 Infiniti QX60 .

Nissan reports that the issue may be the occupant classification system in the cars are not detecting a passenger in the seat. Therefore, when a crash occurs, the airbag doesn’t deploy. The manufacturer says the problem occurs when “a combination of factors such as high engine vibration at idle when the seat is initially empty and then becomes occupied” and also says it can happen if someone sits in the seat with “unusual” posture.

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When someone hits their head, whether it is against the ground, the ceiling, a car door, or another head, there is no way of knowing immediately what happens inside the brain. Sometimes it's nothing, sometimes it's a concussion, and sometimes it's even more serious. Brain injuries vary immensely and it's often hard to understand doctor lingo without having gone to med school. Below is what happens when you suffer from a mild brain injury.

If the head has any type of rotational movement during a trauma, it causes the brain to move, twist, and experience other forces that cause brain matter to move. This can cause brain tissue to move, sometimes squeezing, stretching, and even tearing neural cells. When this occurs, the precise balance and space between cells is thrown off and creates problems for how the brain processes information. If the head is hit by a blunts force, the brain, which is typically floating in the skull, is thrown against the inside of the skull. The hard and rough interior can damage the soft tissue of the brain. This quick movement if the brain can also cause it to stretch and strain nerve cells called axons, which are very small and threadlike. As a person recovers from a mild brain injury, the cells regain the balance and proper spacing between them for correct information processing, but this may include compensation. The more cells have to compensate, however, the longer it will take for tasks to be completed if they are completed at all. To help heal a mild brain injury, rest, support like modifications, and exercises like therapy are all important. Every injury is different, though, and proper care should be determined by a doctor based on the specific injury. If you have suffered from a mild brain injury due to a car accident, a fall on someone's dangerous property, at work, or in some other way, contact the Bettersworth Law Firm. These New Braunfels accidents attorneys can help you in a Texas court today.

car accident, lawyer, attorney, New Braunfels, Texas, injury, personal injury lawyerWhen you are involved in a car accident, even if it is a minor, knowing what to do can be nerve wracking. You may be upset at the person that hit you or scared that the person you hit is mad and you may also be concerned about the damage to the cars and how to take care of everything. It is important to stay level-headed and remember these seven steps from Progressive Insurance when you are involved in a car accident.

  1. Stay calm. Keeping calm can help you get through discussing with the other drivers and/or police officers about what happened and can help you remember everything that you need to do to care of your car and everyone involved.
  2.  Make sure the passengers in your car are okay. If your passengers have been injured, tend to them as much as you can and get help immediately.
  3.  If your passengers are okay, move your car as far off the road as possible. Do not leave the scene of the accident, but get out of the way of oncoming traffic and notify drivers that you are there with your hazard lights or flares.
  4. If your passengers are injured, call 911 before moving your car or doing anything else. Get help immediately for anyone that is hurt. If nobody is injured, move your car off the road before calling the police.
  5. Contact your insurance company and report the claim now that everything your car and passengers have been tended to. Your insurance company will need to resolve the claim and figure out how much and what they will pay, so the sooner they know about the claim, the sooner they can get to work on it.
  6. Do not admit fault. Keep the information about the car accident private. Discuss the details only with the police officer who came to the scene and your claims representative at your insurance company.
  7. Exchange vital information with the other driver(s) involved in the car accident before leaving the scene. Get information including: name, address, phone numbers, and license numbers, for other cars involved and any witnesses of the accident. Also get insurance information including insurance companies and policy numbers from other drivers involved.
If you are involved in a car accident, contact the Bettersworth Law Firm in New Braunfels, Tex., especially if you were injured in the accident. These accident attorneys can help you fight for repayment in court today.

The sooner you call, the sooner we can build your case, secure evidence and get maximum compensation for your injuries.

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