Posts from March 2019.

As fatal motor vehicle crashes rise in this country, it’s not just drivers and passengers who are dying.  The number of U.S. pedestrians killed in traffic accidents are now at historic levels.

From 2008 to 2017, the number of pedestrian deaths in the country increased 35 percent, with nearly 6,000 walkers killed in 2017.  According to the federal government, more than 16 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents each day in that year.

This month the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration published its newest edition of “Traffic Safety Facts for 2017” (the ...

How does a serious medical error happen – one so severe that it leads to a patient’s death?  Often times the answer involves intertwining causes; a fact reinforced by the list of patient safety concerns recently published by a leading safety group.

Founded 50 years ago, the ECRI Institute is an independent, nonprofit organization whose goal is to protect patients from medical mistakes, both human and technological.  It annually publishes a list of what it sees as the top challenges to patient safety in the United States.  It just released its latest version: “2019 Top 10 Patient ...

Already this year, 131 people in Missouri have died in motor vehicle crashes. In 2018, more than 900 people were killed in Missouri fatal traffic accidents. According to latest data from the federal government, Missouri’s roadway fatality rate per 100,000 people in 2017 was well above the national average. And has been since at least 2013.

What are the most common causes for fatal car crashes in Missouri?

One of the fastest growing causes is distracted driving.  Fatal driver distractions are found in many forms – talking with passengers, eating or drinking behind the wheel ...

The 2019 Patient Safety Awareness Week is March 10 through March 16. Given that medical errors are estimated to be the third leading cause of death in the United States – killing as many as 440,000 people a year - this annual seven-day effort is not a trivial pursuit.

Patient Safety Awareness Week is promoted by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement.  Founded in 1991, the organization is comprised of healthcare experts and practitioners whose goal is reducing preventable medical errors.  It offers help to providers and healthcare treatment facilities in developing better ...


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