A plastic folder is being placed at the medical center for patients who are suffering from colon cancer, according to the hospital’s director.
Dr. Karen Cates said the plastic folder was placed at her center because of the large volume of cases it could be used for, but she said it could have been a bigger issue if patients had not been so overwhelmed with paperwork.
“I just don’t think there’s a way to justify a plastic file if the hospital isn’t able to handle the volume,” she said.
“There’s no way you can have it for everyone.
It’s just not an appropriate use for them.”
The hospital also said it has been told about more than 3,000 patients who have had their cases processed and who have been placed in the plastic file.
Cates said it was a mistake to have the plastic folders at the front of the hospital because she said the files are not designed to be used in the intensive care unit.
Cases with colon cancers are a growing problem in the United States, with a new report finding that about 2.3 million Americans are diagnosed with the disease every year.
According to the American Cancer Society, there are about 5.6 million Americans with colon and rectal cancer, and about 1.4 million Americans who are diagnosed.
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The Ohio Health Care Institute reported that there were nearly 13,000 cases of cancer in the state in 2016, up from 11,000 in 2015.
The state’s rate of colorectal cancer deaths also has increased over the past decade, according the Cleveland Clinic, with the number of new cases jumping by 40 percent in 2016 compared to 2015.