Posts from September 2018.

Two out every 10 commercial tractor-trailers recently were found to have safety violations so dangerous they were taken off the road.  And a significant number of truck drivers had serious safety violations as well.

These are the results from the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s International Roadside Inspection event held in June 2018.  The CVSA, a coalition of safety and law enforcement officials in the United States and Canada, released this year’s results of the annual three-day event on September 12.

Certified examiners inspected big rigs, conducting Level I, II and ...

To prevent medical misdiagnosis – a common medical error that can seriously harm patients – it’s time to ACT.

The rate of patient misdiagnosis in the United States has been estimated as high as 40 percent. This includes when patients receive an incorrect diagnosis, a missed diagnosis or a delayed diagnosis. Any of these medical errors can pose grave consequences to patients. The Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine asserts that one hospital patient dies from a misdiagnosis every nine minutes in this country.

In response, the society formed the Coalition to Improve ...

According to the most recent federal numbers, motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for children 10 and 11 years old, and for young adults ages 16 through 23.

In August the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – the federal agency whose mission includes preventing fatal car crashes – published its “Traffic Safety Facts” for 2016.  This is the latest in the agency’s annual look at serious motor vehicle accidents in the United States.

According to the NHTSA, nearly 37,500 people were killed in a motor vehicle crash in 2016; that’s 102 people every ...

September is Sepsis Awareness Month.  Sepsis is a blood infection that can be fatal.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 250,000 Americans die each year from sepsis.

More alarming, sepsis is a highly preventable infection.

Sepsis is commonly caused by bacteria, as well as certain viruses.  The elderly and the young are most susceptible to the blood infection.  Other persons at risk for developing sepsis include those undergoing cancer treatments, those with severe burns or injuries, and those with other infections, such as pneumonia.

Signs of Sepsis

Common ...


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