Posts from January 2020.

Based on the number of truck drivers who failed drug tests last year, the federal government is increasing the number of mandated drug tests for truckers this year.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced late December 2019 that it is doubling the rate of random drug tests for commercial truck driver beginning this year.  As of January 1, 2020, the minimum rate of random truck driver drug testing jumped from the previous 25% to 50%.

The decision to dramatically raise the rate of testing for truckers under the influence of illegal drugs was mandated by federal ...

Physicians who show signs of depression – regardless of their experience or lack of - are more likely to make mistakes during medical treatment.

That’s the conclusion of a new study that reviewed the findings of previous research efforts into depressed doctors.  The study (“Association Between Physician Depressive Symptoms and Medical Errors - A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis”) was published online late last year by JAMA Network Open, a medical journal from the American Medical Association.

This latest research encompassed 11 previous studies of physician ...

A time posing a great risk for fatal drunk-driving crashes – New Year’s Eve – has passed. While the number of drunk-driving accidents that occurred that night has yet been reported, we do have new data that shows alcohol-impaired drivers remain a year-round serious threat.

Last month the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration issued a report on drunk driving for 2018, the most recent year for finalized data. “Alcohol-Impaired Driving,” paints a vivid picture on the dire consequences of this careless driving behavior.

As reported by the federal ...

We are aware of the dangers of distracted driving.  But there’s now evidence that distracted medical care – caregivers providing treatment while using their cell phones – is harming young patients.

Medication mistakes are a serious and common type of medical error.  They are highly preventable. A new study shows how cell phone use among nurses can lead to errors while administering drugs to pediatric patients.

The study (“Association Between Mobile Telephone Interruptions and Medication Administration Errors in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit”) was published online in ...


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