Posts from October 2019.

Trucking industry representatives may argue they place the safety of other drivers as a priority.  However, their own actions tell a different story.

In September, 30-plus trucking organizations and lobbyists combined to attack public safety measures.  The largest was the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, a lobbying group that includes independent truckers as well as those who work for companies.

The OOIDA-led effort was outlined in a letter addressed to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and to the House of Representatives ...

The portion of medical malpractice lawsuits filed over problems with electronic health records is relatively small – but is rising as healthcare providers increasingly rely on the technology.

Electronic health records allow authorized healthcare providers instant and real-time access to a patient’s medical records. These digital patient charts were introduced in an effort to boost medical care efficiency and outcomes.

But one result not trumpeted by EHR makers and proponents that has become a reality: medical errors that harm patients.

The Doctors Company provides ...

Data from the federal government show that the number of people killed in Missouri car crashes declined just a bit.  The bad news is that despite this minor retrench, more than 900 Missourians died in motor vehicle accidents in one year.

In August the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a report on fatal traffic wrecks for 2017.  This is the most recent year for which the NHTSA has final data.  That year, U.S. traffic deaths fell some 2% compared to 2016.

Over 900 People Killed a Year in Missouri Traffic Accidents

After a 9% rise in motor vehicle accident deaths in 2016 ...

On last month’s World Patient Safety Day, the World Health Organization reported that globally, 2.6 million people die every year from medical errors.  In the United Sates, researchers estimate that medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death, behind only heart disease and cancer.

Common deadly medical errors include misdiagnosis, wrong site surgery, and mistakes with medications.  But a new report sheds light on another leading cause of medical mistakes that harm patients: medical devices.

The ECRI Institute is a 50-year-old organization focusing on protecting ...


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