Posts from November 2020.

Dangerous medical errors are estimated to be responsible for the death of 250,000 U.S. patients every year. Medication errors represent a common but often serious type of preventable medical error.  A new survey shows that almost a third of medical professionals have witnessed one particular type of medication error.

There are several types of medication errors, including:

·         Wrong dose

·         Medication given to the wrong patient

·         Wrong delivery of correct medication

The new survey has to do a group of medications that are delivered by injection – typically syringes and IVs.

The ...

The federal government’s new tool to keep truck drivers on drugs off the road may not be working so well. It took an act of Congress but it finally happened: there now is a way to track commercial truckers who have driven drunk or high on illegal drugs. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration rolled out its Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse in January 2020.  This is a database that trucking companies and law enforcement can access to see if a trucker has had any drunk or drugged-driving violations.

Fatigued Truck Drivers

Semi-truck drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs pose ...

When hospital administrators and safety officials search for bacteria that cause dangerous hospital-acquired infections, they should be sure to look down around their feet. Hospital-acquired infections are dangerous, often fatal, medical errors.  It is classified as a medical error since the patient is admitted to the hospital infection free, only to suffer from it due to hospital care.

Types of Hospital-Acquired Infections

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention highlights these common four types of HAIs:

·         Central line-associated bloodstream infection – kills ...

Per the federal government’s most recent final statistics, 5,000 people were killed in the United States in commercial truck crashes in 2018. A preliminary accounting of 2019 fatal motor vehicle accidents has this number repeating last year. Why do serious truck crashes and fatal truck accidents continue to hold steady, while total fatal motor vehicle crashes have fallen in recent years? A report issued over the summer provides some insights.

Driver Errors and Big-Rig Crashes

The 2006 federal research, “Large Truck Crash Causation Study,” found driver error the leading ...


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