Posts from December 2018.

Medical errors that harm patients can be caused by poor communication between healthcare providers and patients and their families.

That’s the conclusion of a recently released study published online by BMJ (“Patient Safety after Implementation of a Coproduced Family Centered Communication Programme: Multicenter Before and After Intervention Study”).

Patient Handoffs and Medical Mistakes

The study is an extended look at I-PASS, which is a communication model for healthcare providers to follow during patient handoffs.  At this time, doctor and nurses who are ending ...

More than nine out of every 10 people who died in 2017 U.S. transportation accidents were killed in highway fatal motor vehicle crashes.

In November, the National Transportation Safety Board issued a snapshot report on last year’s deaths in railroad, aviation, waterway and motor vehicle accidents.  In 2017, nearly 40,000 people died in accidents involving these modes of transportation.  Highway deaths accounted for 37,133 fatalities – 95 percent of all U.S. transportation deaths that year.

Fatal Commercial Truck Crashes Increased

The NTSB broke down highway deaths even ...

Though you probably are not aware of it, the first week of December is National Handwashing Week.  While this may seem like an innocuous observance, improper handwashing can be a negligent, live-threatening act.

Hospital-acquired infections are a serious and common form of preventable medical errors.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, each day one out of every 31 U.S. hospital patients contracts an infection while receiving care.

Types of Serious Infections That Hospital Patients Suffer

Such infections are typically carried by a virus, bacteria or ...

It stands to reason that people who are tired are dangerous drivers and more likely to cause crashes.  Now there’s proof.

A study released in October provides a cause and effect relationship between fatigued drivers and motor vehicle crashes.  The study, titled “Acute Sleep Deprivation and Culpable Motor Vehicle Crash Involvement” and published in the October 2018 issue of the journal Sleep, examines the ultimate consequences of sleep-deprived drivers.

Researchers reviewed 5,470 motor vehicle accidents and interviewed the drivers involved, asking them to recount their ...


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