Blog Posts in February, 2013

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  • Are defects in certain Ford models increasing accident risks?

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 27, 2013

    There are accidents that are caused by no fault of either driver. Rather, the accidents are caused by defective auto products. Sometimes this is due to negligent design, while other times there are defects. In cases where there are accidents caused by these defects, this falls under the category of product liability . Take for example the fact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is ...
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  • Study: Technology reduces hospital medication errors

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 24, 2013

    Over the years there has been much emphasis put on reducing medication errors in order to prevent adverse reactions among patients. It seems that researchers and doctors are continuously evaluating commonly used practices and questioning what needs to change to prevent these medical errors. Recently, the results of a study analyzing the use of computerized provider order entry systems, known as ...
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  • Should distracted driving consequences be stricter in Tennessee?

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 21, 2013

    Every year there are thousands of people injured in accidents due to distracted driving. In fact, according to the National Safety Council, there is someone injured because of a cellphone distraction every 24 seconds. In Tennessee, all drivers are banned from texting while driving and novice drivers are banned from using a cellphone at all. However, as is shown time and time again by accidents in ...
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  • Are some dog breeds more dangerous than others?

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 21, 2013

    All too often, when talking about dog bite injuries, Tennessee residents hear about dangerous breeds. Pit bulls and Rottweilers are normally put in this category of "attack dogs." In looking at the evidence, a five year study was published in the journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. The study looked at data pertaining to dog bites from just one hospital. From there it was found that 51 ...
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  • Despite ban, texting while driving still an issue in Tennessee

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 17, 2013

    Over the past five years there has been an increase in the number of cellphone-related crashes on Tennessee roadways. Even with the 2009 texting while driving ban put in place, many motorists still try and risk it to send off or read a quick text message. Many times, these few split seconds of a driver taking their hand off the steering wheel end up leading to a crash. According to the Tennessee ...
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  • Will privacy concerns increase the risk of medical errors?

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 14, 2013

    Medical information is highly personal and certainly no one else's business. This is why there are specific guidelines in place to try and protect a patient's medical history. However, with an increased push for even stricter privacy protections, some are starting to wonder if the threat of fines for breaching security could end up negatively impacting patients. One doctor recently shared his ...
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  • Study: Radiologists sometimes fail to diagnose breast cancer

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 10, 2013

    Diagnosing cancer in a timely matter is critical when it comes to the long-term survival of the patient. In some cases, a delayed diagnosis or a misdiagnosis could mean more evasive surgeries and complications. Other times, the delay or misdiagnosis could even be the different between life and death. This month a study was published in the journal Radiology, which found that radiologists see the ...
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  • Study: Does the "July effect" mean less care for patients?

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 8, 2013

    It is fair to assume that most Tennessee residents do not look forward to going to the hospital. There is the general fear of the unknown, combined with possible physical pain. However, while going to the hospital is certainly not on the top of most peoples' lists, many do find comfort in knowing that the doctors and other medical staff at the hospital are trained professionals. For a long time ...
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  • Expensive children's products can still be dangerous

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Feb 2, 2013

    Parents in Tennessee want the best for their children. Whether it is the best medical care, the best toys, or the best children's products, parents want to know that what they purchase for their children is up to the highest standards and will not harm them. Along these same lines, some parents mistakenly believe that just because a product or service costs more than the others available, this ...
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