Posts from August 2018.

It’s common-sense speculation that reckless truck drivers are the most likely to cause accidents.  There is new evidence to back up this assumption.

Truck Driver Crash Predictor

The American Transportation Research Institute is a nonprofit organization that conducts transportation-related research.  It has a tool called the Crash Predictor Model that projects the chances which truck drivers will be involved in crashes based on their driving behaviors.  Earlier this summer the ATRI updated this research and announced its new findings as to which truck drivers are most likely to ...

What causes medical errors to be made in hospital emergency rooms?  Most likely bad decisions by doctors, according to recent new research.

Medical errors have been estimated the third leading cause of death in the United States.  There are a wide range of serious medical mistakes made every day, including wrong site surgery, hospital-acquired infections, and medication errors.

Wrong Emergency Room Diagnosis

A hospital emergency room offers unique challenges to medical care providers.  In this setting, how doctors process information can be key.  A wrong diagnosis in the emergency ...

An aging truck driver population and a boom in online shopping may be setting the stage for a rise in fatal truck accidents now and in the years ahead.

Both of these factors have created a big need for truck drivers. According to the American Trucking Associations – the industry’s leading lobbying group – there is a now shortage of some 63,000 truck drivers.  That gap is projected to widen to 174,000 truckers in eight years.

The median age of truck drivers today is 49. More truckers are retiring or finding other work than there are new drivers replacing them. The need for additional truck ...

It’s estimated that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. But what causes medical mistakes that harm patients?  One major contributor that may be overlooked is physician burnout.

The Stanford University School of Medicine in July published the findings of its study on the role that doctor burnout and fatigue played in causing medical errors.  (“Physician Burnout, Well-being, and Work Unit Safety Grades in Relationship to Reported Medical Errors”)

Researchers surveyed nearly 6,700 U.S. physicians.  The makeup of the physicians mirrored the ...


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