Posts from May 2021.

The federal government in March expressed concern about commercial trucking safety, noting an upward trend in fatal crashes involving semi-trucks.  Just over 5,000 people were killed in truck crashes in 2019, the most recent year of finalized data.  That’s a 48% jump from 2009.

But the effects from a change in federal rules made last year – potentially putting more tied truck drivers on the road - may factor into deadly truck accidents.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration oversees the safety of large commercial vehicles, such as 18-wheelers. It is responsible for ...

The most common medical error cardiology patients suffer is misdiagnosis, and over half of cardiology patients who were victims of any medical error died as a result.

This was found in research released late last year by The Doctors Company, a medical malpractice insurance provider to physicians.  The company reviewed closed medical malpractice lawsuits and claims over treatment mistakes with cardiology patients between 2014 and 2019. A total of 210 such medical malpractice cases were included in the research (“Cardiology Closed Claims Study”).

The findings outlined where ...

Seeing a pair of headlights coming at you the wrong way on the highway is terrifying. Wrong- way highway crashes are often fatal and on the rise in recent years. A notable research organization recently looked into what causes them.

In March the AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety – the research arm of AAA – released a study on deadly wrong-way crashes (“Fatal Wrong-Way Crashes on Divided Highways”). The organization noted that between 2010 and 2018, nearly 4,000 people were killed in the United States in wrong-way crashes.

Highway Wrong-Way Crashes on the Rise

It also found that ...

More St. Louis-area hospitals received a “C” than an “A” in the most recent nationwide grading of medical centers for patient safety and protecting them from dangerous medical errors.

The Leapfrog Group released its spring 2021 Hospital Safety Grades in April.  The organization is a 20-year-old not-for-profit focused on improving the nation’s healthcare quality. Part of its efforts is to issue hospital patient safety report cards every fall and spring.

St. Louis Hospitals and Medical Errors

The grades, which cover some 2,700 U.S. hospitals, are given in traditional ...


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