Posts from July 2018.

We’re well past the halfway point in the summer vacation session for most Missouri schools.  Soon enough busloads of students will be on the road again in the early morning and late afternoon.

Thankfully, school bus transportation is a relatively safe mode of travel. But a recent investigation of two fatal school bus crashes warns of negligent actions that can lead to such tragedies anywhere and anytime.

In May, the National Transportation Safety Board released the findings of its investigation into two school bus crashes; one in Baltimore, Md. and the other in Chattanooga, Tenn.  A ...

Children are continuing to be harmed in hospitals by events that should rarely take place but for a preventable mistake.

An adverse event is patient harm created by an error during medical care. Examples of preventable medical mistakes that can lead to serious, even fatal adverse events for hospital patients include hospital-acquired infections, surgical errors, and medication errors.

While hospital patients of any age should not be subjected to serious medical errors, the consequences suffered by younger patients from mistakes in care oftentimes are severe. Yet a recent study ...

Each day, one out of every 25 hospital patients in the United States suffers a catastrophic infection. As a result, 90,000 patients die each year from a hospital-acquired infection.

These are the findings from the Leapfrog Group, which in June published a report on hospital-acquired infections (Healthcare-Associated Infections).  The Leapfrog Group is a not-for-profit organization focused on improving the safety of healthcare in this country. One of the more notable Leapfrog efforts is to each year issue a safety grade for hospitals across the United States. The frequency of ...


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