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At least three victims were killed, and one seriously injured, in two separate wrecks involving commercial ...
When you get a jury duty summons in the mail, your first instinct might be to rip it up, ignore it, or call the court to ...
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Blog Posts in September, 2012Blog Home
Preventing Medical Errors
Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Sep 27, 2012Did you know U.S. surgeons operate on the wrong body part roughly 40 times a week? Multiple that by 52 weeks and that's 2,080 wrong body part surgeries a year. But, when it comes to medical mistakes, it doesn't stop with just surgical errors . In fact, it's estimated that 25 percent of those hospitalized will be injured by a medical mistake. Of course, these are rather frightening statistics to ...Continue Reading
Medical errors higher for chronically ill children
Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Sep 22, 2012A recent study examining kids with chronic illnesses compared to those kids without illnesses found that those children who have health problems are at a higher risk of falling victim to a medical error in the hospital. The study, which appeared in the journal Pediatrics, found that 44 percent of the children hospitalized in 38 states in 2006 suffered from at least one chronic health problem. ...Continue Reading
Certain medications increase the risk of getting into an accident
Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Sep 20, 2012Many people in Tennessee and around the country are prescribed medications by a doctor to treat insomnia, anxiety and depression. And while many of these prescription medications surely help a person to function in life, researchers recently found a connection between taking certain types of medications and having an increased risk of getting into a car accident . Of course this isn't to say ...Continue Reading
Pedestrian Deaths in Crashes Rise
Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Sep 17, 2012The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently released some disturbing data, that after five years of decline, pedestrian fatalities in car crashes are on the rise. As a result, the NHTSA is holding a meeting in September to finalize new safety standards for vehicle designs. It is expected that the NHTSA will seek to bring U.S. rules in line with those already in place in ...Continue Reading
After patient death, steps taken to prevent infections
Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Sep 15, 2012Did you know that there were around 18,000 people who died last year due to central-line infections in the hospital? And, that while this number is still rather high, overall it represents nearly a 40 percent decrease over the past ten years? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, among those who end up getting central-line infections, the death rate is between 12 percent and ...Continue Reading
Ovarian cancer tests may do more harm than good
Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Sep 13, 2012On Monday a group of experts reaffirmed their earlier opinion on the fact that screenings on healthy women for ovarian cancer may actually do more harm than good. The idea is that not only do these test sometimes result in a false-positive and unnecessary surgeries, but that the death rate for ovarian cancer does not change whether or not someone has been tested. For these recommendations, the ...Continue Reading
Singing while driving could be an added distraction
Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Sep 8, 2012In our last post we talked about the fact that cellphones are distracting for drivers and walkers and are leading to an increase in pedestrian accidents . Now, a new study suggests we add singing to the list of distractions. The study asked drivers to learn the lyrics to the song "Imagine" by John Lennon and "I'm A Believer," as performed by Smash Mouth. From there, a simulator assessed the ...Continue Reading
Put down the phone: distractions lead to pedestrian accidents
Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Sep 6, 2012We all know that teen drivers have an increased risk of getting into a car accident. They are simply not as experienced when it comes to the rules of the road. Sometimes they think they are invincible and take serious risks when driving, which leads to accidents. However, while it is certainly true that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers in the U.S., it turns out ...Continue Reading
Burnout in Nurses Increases Patient Infections
Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Sep 3, 2012Many people experience fatigue and occasional burnouts from their work, but for nurses, that burnout can be dangerous to the patients in their care and cross the line into medical malpractice . According to a study published in the American Journal of Infection Control, for every added patient to a nurse's work duties, there was approximately one extra hospital-acquired infection registered per ...Continue Reading
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