Blog Posts in October, 2013

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  • Study focuses on impaired driving among truck drivers

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

    Every year hundreds of people are injured in car accidents in Tennessee caused by drunk drivers. Since these accidents are 100 percent preventable -- by someone intoxicated simply not getting behind the wheel -- there is a good deal of information made available in order to better educate the public on the dangers and prevent accidents from happening. Of course though, the focus should not just be ...
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  • Study: Depression and brain injuries link seen in children too

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Oct 29, 2013

    When someone is in an accident, whether it is a car accident, slip and fall accident, or even a workplace accident, this can end up affecting the brain. Not only can this have an impact right after the accident, but research points to the fact that the effects can continue on for the rest of a person's life. There has long been a link between brain injuries and depression. Prior to a recent study, ...
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  • Teen crash rate reduces by 50 percent when parents get involved

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

    While teens in Tennessee may think the rules regarding driving are unnecessary, the truth is these graduated drivers licensing laws have proved to reduce teen crashes by 20 to 40 percent. So while these rules may seem harsh and even unfair at times, teens and their parents should know these rules do serve a purpose: to keep everyone on the roadways safe. This year, Oct. 20 to Oct. 26 was ...
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  • Multiple approaches to safety could help prevent medical errors

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

    Given that there is not just one cause for medical mistakes, it makes sense that there is more than one way to prevent these errors. However, the challenge is getting hospitals and staff on board with these preventative measures. In 1999 a report titled, "To Err is Human" was released. This report, from the Institute of Medicine, found medical errors were responsible for the death of approximately ...
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  • Report focuses on objects left behind during surgery

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Oct 23, 2013

    When going in for a surgery, we put our trust in the fact that these medical professionals -- being the surgeons, doctors, nurses and anesthesiologists -- know what they are doing. Many of us even take comfort in knowing these are trained professionals who have gone through many of these surgeries time and time again. This is why it may be particularly troubling to learn there were 772 cases of ...
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  • Study: Many men downplay the dangers of texting while driving

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

    Even though there are laws in Tennessee banning texting while driving, and even though the dangers of texting and driving have been well documented, many still believe they are somehow immune to the risks. This perceived immunity -- or that somehow their ability to multitask is superior -- is one of the causes behind distracted driving accidents throughout the country. Recently, two marketing ...
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  • Investigators say tire malfunction caused Jefferson County crash

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Oct 13, 2013

    The community is still mourning after a tragic accident on Interstate 40 in Jefferson County, Tennessee, claimed the life of eight and injured at least 12 more. As loved ones heal, investigators are working to piece together exactly what happened to cause this fatal chain reaction accident. The accident involved a church bus carrying passengers back from a Christian festival, a tractor-trailer and ...
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  • Decorative contacts may cause permanent eye damage

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

    With Halloween just a few weeks away, many Tennessee residents are planning out their family's costumes. Maybe this year the theme is to be as scary as possible, dripping fake blood everywhere? Or maybe the parents just hang back in regular clothes while the children dress up as their favorite movie characters going door-to-door collecting candy? Whatever the costume is though, parents and young ...
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  • Study finds prolonged ICU sedation ups the risk of cognitive loss

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

    Researchers from Vanderbilt University and the Tennessee Valley Veterans Affairs Geriatric Research Education and Clinical Center recently released the findings of a study that suggest those hospital patients with prolonged stays in the intensive care unit run the risk of mental impairment for some time after leaving the hospital. The thought is this is due to the fact that ICU patients are kept ...
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  • Tennessee texting accident can happen in seconds

    Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Oct 3, 2013

    By this point almost everyone in Tennessee knows about the dangers of texting while driving, yet many still decide to risk it and text anyways. Many of these motorists no doubt believe that while texting may be dangerous for other drivers, they themselves are not at risk of getting into an accident. For some reasons, many drivers seem to think they are immune to the same risks that affect other ...
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