Posts from July 2020.

Most hospitals, at one time or another, have become overwhelmed during the COVID-19 pandemic.  An influx of coronavirus patients can strain not only doctors and nurses treating them, but other medical professionals throughout a hospital. And these overworked healthcare providers – often times exhausted and eager to leave at the end of their shifts – may pose dangers to their patients.

The period when one shift of hospital medical care providers ends and another begins can be fraught with patient harm if not handled correctly.  These periods not only include transfers between day ...

This week law enforcement is fanning out across the country to find and stop dangerous commercial truck drivers.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance this week is conducting its annual Operation Safe Driver Week. It began July 12 and concludes July 18.  The CVSA is an organization of law officials and safety experts throughout North America focused on making commercial trucking safer and preventing fatal truck crashes.

In announcing this year’s campaign, the CVSA noted that although there are fewer drivers on America’s roads due to the coronavirus pandemic, the nation’s ...

With fewer drivers on the road, the number of people killed in car crashes continues to climb in Missouri.

Among the changes imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic since March is less crowded roadways. More people can’t or are reluctant to leave their homes due to the potential for infection, which translates into fewer people driving in Missouri and all across the country.

Yet, in June the Missouri State Highway Patrol reported that the number of people killed in motor vehicle accidents statewide is up some 11% compared to this time last year. By early July the MSHP revised that to a 13 ...

As COVID-19 infections surged in March, hospitals shifted the bulk of their resources to treating infected patients.  Most surgeries were delayed or canceled to avoid patients from needless coronavirus exposure.

In May, with COVID cases trending downward, St. Louis hospitals began again performing elective surgeries. But the question remains, what should hospitals do to prevent serious surgical errors and patient infections during the coronavirus pandemic?

Four leading professional healthcare organizations issued such a blueprint.

In April these medical groups released a ...


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