Posts from July 2019.

Nearly two out of every five drivers in the United States believe it’s perfectly fine to use a hand-held cell phone while driving.

That’s according to the 2018 “Traffic Safety Culture Index” released in June by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.  AAA Foundation annually surveys drivers across the country to establish a snapshot of driver thinking, beliefs and actions.

The good news is that most drivers support laws that restrict texting while driving.  The bad news is that a significant portion still believe it is okay for them to drive while using a cellphone.

One key finding ...

It appears that technology meant to make health care more efficient may actually be leading to serious medical errors that harms patients.

Electronic health records are now widely used in St. Louis hospitals and those across the United States.  They are the hi-tech version of a patient’s traditional paper charts.  They include all important medical history information, including treatment plans, previous diagnoses, medication records, and more.

At least they should, but they often don’t.

EHRs are widely used in medicine today because of a 2009 federal rule encouraging their ...

Despite evidence that shows fatal commercial truck accidents are increasing, federal officials appear to be bending to the trucking industry’s financial interests by diluting an important public safety measure.

The safety measure is a relatively new set of federal rules designed to stop one of the leading causes of deadly truck crashes – fatigued truck drivers.

In June the U.S. Department of Transportation released a preliminary estimate of motor vehicle fatalities for 2018. The report projected that deaths in big rig crashes will rise 3 percent in 2018 over 2017, which will ...

There are preventable medical errors termed “never events,” meaning they are so serious they should never happen to patients. What should hospitals do when their caregivers make such a grave error?

The National Quality Forum, a not-for-profit organization focused on improving U.S. healthcare, has a list of 29 preventable medical errors it identifies as never events. The events are grouped in seven categories: surgical errors, radiological errors, medical device errors, patient protection errors, care management errors, environmental errors, and errors so heinous they ...


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