Posts from January 2019.

Speed kills.

Speeding accounted for 37 percent of the people killed in Missouri motor vehicle accidents in 2017, the most recent year for which data is available.  Only eight other states had more traffic deaths due to speeding drivers than Missouri that year.  Illinois, at 42 percent, was one of them.

The Governors Highway Safety Association, a consortium of state safety officials, recently published a report on the dangers of speeding drivers, “Speeding Away from Zero: Rethinking a Forgotten Traffic Safety Challenge.”  Nationwide, according to the GHSA report, 26 percent of ...

Electronic health records, technology to help make healthcare safer, may be causing a serious medical error harming young patients.

An electronic health record (EHR) is a modern update to patient charting, replacing paper with digital technology.  A patient’s medical history, including past diagnoses, medical tests, and treatments, is captured. Theoretically, an EHR offers the potential for reducing mistakes and a better comprehensive treatment plan.

Wrong Medication Dosage

One of the items included in an EHR is a patient’s medications.  Medication errors, which include ...

Research and investigative evidence have shown that driver error is the leading cause of fatal truck crashes.  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the agency responsible for regulating the safety of the U.S. trucking industry, updated its safety tips to commercial truck drivers last fall on its website.  These tips only amplify the fact that careless big rig driver action can turn deadly.

Distracted Commercial Truck Driver

The first tip is to pay attention to the road ahead.  Unfortunately, when truckers are distracted and lose focus on traffic, too often calamity ...


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