Blog Posts in May, 2013

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  • Children drowning in swimming pools is a national problem

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || May 30, 2013

    With the summer months right around the corner, the chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has come out saying the number of children injured and killed due to drowning accidents is a national problem that must be fixed. The hope is that more awareness on the dangers of swimming pools and spas will lead to a reduction in the number of children hurt and killed. According to the ...
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  • Health officials want set safety rules for child care centers

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

    When Tennessee parents drop their children off at child care facilities, many automatically assume these facilities are following federally mandated standards. But, the truth is that these facilities really range on how safety measures, with some states even allowing self-certification. Parents also rarely know when there are issues with a facility. However, this may all soon change as federal ...
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  • Study: SUVs pose risk to passenger vehicles in accidents

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || May 22, 2013

    When searching for a vehicle, aside from fuel efficiency and the overall cost, potential Tennessee buyers also rely on safety ratings. And while this is sound reasoning, what many may not realize is that these ratings do not take into account the increased risks involved when a passenger vehicle gets into a crash with an SUV. Potential consumers rely on safety ratings. These ratings range from one ...
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  • How distracting is noise in the operating room?

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || May 19, 2013

    Over the years there have been numerous studies connecting distractions and surgical errors . Recently, yet another study was conducted showing a correlation between noise distractions in the operating room and communication barriers. In general, not being able to properly communicate in an operating room can be extremely risky for patients, especially if there is some kind of an emergency that ...
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  • Policy: Medical professionals should be there for home births too

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || May 15, 2013

    Over the years there has been an increase in the number of mothers choosing to have home births. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there was a 29 percent increase in the number of babies delivered at home between 2004 and 2009. In light of this increase, the American Academy of Pediatrics recently published its policy on home births, enforcing the idea that ...
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  • Enforcement low on texting ban

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

    In our last post we focused on how despite texting while driving bans, many teens still take the risk and text while driving anyway. In fact, the difference between those states with bans versus those without was rather small, pointing to the fact that many drivers will still engage in risky behaviors, even if those behaviors are not only dangerous, but also illegal. In general, when looking at ...
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  • Study finds cellphone-related crashes go unreported

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || May 9, 2013

    According to the National Traffic Safety Administration's accident database, the state of Tennessee reported more cellphone-related fatal crashes than any other state in 2011. It should be noted that when it comes to the NHTSA's data -- which is highly publicized -- 2011 is the last year available. In 2011, Tennessee reported 93 fatal accidents involving cellphones. In 2010 there were 71 fatal ...
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  • Despite Tennessee ban, teens still text and drive

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

    Even though texting while driving is illegal in Tennessee, a recent study points to the fact that many teen drivers still engage in the risky behavior anyways. Additionally, many times these teen drivers who will text while driving are also the same teens who will engage in other risky behaviors, such as driving under the influence. The study was conducted by researchers at Cohen Children's ...
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  • Study: More than 4,000 kids injured per year on rides

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || May 5, 2013

    As most Tennessee parents can attest to: Kids love rides. Whether it is going to the local amusement park, or even just going on a small ride at a mall or shopping center, children of all ages love the thrill of going on a ride. Sadly though, while rides are supposed to be an enjoyable pastime, every year there are thousands of children who are hurt and require hospitalization due to an injury ...
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