Posts from April 2019.

Parents understandably worry greatly when their young children are sick or severely injured. Just imagine the anguish when their children suffer serious harm – or much worse – from medical mistakes made by the very people who are supposed to be helping them.

Misdiagnosis is one of the most frequent medical mistakes made by healthcare professionals.  It also is among the most serious.  Coverys, an insurance company providing medical malpractice insurance to doctors, in March reported it found misdiagnoses in 46 percent of medical malpractice lawsuits between 2013 and 2017.  And in ...

April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.

If you were driving while you read that, there’s a chance you may have caused a crash.

The facts are indisputable: distracted drivers are a menace, causing a growing number of fatal car crashes.  According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s most recent statistics, 3,166 people in this country were killed in distracted-driving accidents in 2017.

But that number could be low.  The National Safety Council says that fatal distracted driving crashes are likely underreported as few states capture data following traffic ...

Commercial truck drivers and their big rigs are supposed to undergo inspections on a regular basis.  Inspections cover a trucker’s medical records and training, as well as truck mechanical defects that can cause fatal truck crashes.  With over 4,700 people killed in commercial truck accidents in 2017, such crashes occur far too often.

The most serious inspection violations are called “out-of-service” violations. Truckers and rigs given out-of-service violations are grounded until the issues are fixed.

In March the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance announced changes to ...

Medication errors are a common and very serious form of preventable medical mistakes.  How are such errors made and how can medication mistakes be reduced?  A leading hospital safety organization says it has the answers.

The Leapfrog Group is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve the quality of U.S. healthcare.  It recently released a comprehensive look at medication errors, noting that they are the most frequent medical mistake in hospitals, responsible for 7,000 patient deaths each year.  “Medication Safety Report 2019” offers remedies to end these potentially fatal ...


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