Posts from April 2023.

Electronic health records (EHR) are used in medical care in the name of efficiency and patient safety, among other benefits. However, there is new evidence that EHRs are a leading cause of a serious medical error – misdiagnosis.

Electronic health records are computerized patient charts used by most medical care facilities. They provide easy access to patient information – personal identification and health history – and allow for easy sharing among healthcare providers.

According to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, a federal ...

When people are too tired to drive safely, they often don’t know it – or won’t admit it.

Driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding and distracted driving are all causes of catastrophic motor vehicle crashes. Drowsy driving is as well.

Dangerously Fatigued Truck Drivers

Over-the-road truck drivers are subject to federal Hours of Service Rules. These rules limit how many hours per day and per week a commercial truck driver can be behind the wheel.

In a rush to deliver cargo and then pick up another load, some truck drivers may ignore warning signs of dangerous fatigue ...

Patient safety organizations recently updated medical care center guidelines designed to prevent one potentially catastrophic medical error: hospital-acquired infections.

Hospital-acquired infections (HAI), are infections that occur directly as a result of medical care. They are given this label when patients enter a medical facility for treatment not related to the infection and occur:

  • Within 48 hours of admission
  • Within three days following discharge
  • Within 30 days following a surgical procedure

The federal government reports that tens of thousands of patients die ...


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