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Personal protective equipment (PPE) and preventive protocols are established for health care environments to protect workers, their co-workers, and the patients they care for. But a recent study has revealed that many health care workers are remiss when it comes to following the regulations. Researchers recently observed health care workers inside and outside patient rooms over a nine-month period. Over that time, researchers recorded nearly 300 offenses that had the potential to trigger the transmission of infectious agents or self-contamination. Health care workers failed most in the area of process and procedure. This includes improper removal of gowns, using gloved hands to retrieve medication or supplies from pockets, and more. More than 100 violations involved neglect to follow standard interaction » Read More
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Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death among children between the ages of one and thirteen. Many injuries and fatalities can be prevented with proper child restraints. There is no disputing the fact that car seats, booster seats, and seat belts reduce injuries to children and save lives. To get the message out loud and clear, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is partnering with the Ad Council to launch Child Passenger Safety Week. From September 23 – 29, 2018, both agencies will deliver the important message of child passenger safety through radio, print, online and billboard ads. The week culminates on September 29, 2018 with a nationwide event, National Seat Check Saturday. To find a safety » Read More
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Riding the bus to school finally became safer in New Jersey. Under a new law recently signed by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, at the end of six months, all school buses manufactured for use in New Jersey must include three-point seat belts for all passengers to protect them in the event of an accident. The new law requires stricter safety restraints than the 1992 school bus seat belt law, which only required lap belts be installed in new school buses. All newly manufactured buses will be equipped with three-point belts that cross the passenger’s laps and shoulders. This newly passed legislation comes after a tragic fatal school bus crash in late Spring on Route 80 in Mt. Olive. On » Read More
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Fall Prevention Awareness Week will take place from September 22 to 28. This important annual campaign was created to raise awareness about the very serious consequences a slip and fall can have on an older person; and of the many ways that falls can be prevented. Falls are the leading cause of injury deaths, unintentional injuries, and hospital admissions for trauma among older adults. Falls can have a serious impact on an older adult’s quality of life and independence. However, falls are not an inevitable part of aging. There are many practical strategies and life adjustments one can take to prevent falls. The following are a few suggestions for reducing the risk of a fall: Stand up slowly. Rising from » Read More
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Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is injured due to the negligence or carelessness of a medical professional. While all medical personnel deal with high stress situations, EMTs and paramedics face some of the most stressful. When negligence or carelessness cause injury to the victim of a medical emergency, EMTs and paramedics can be held liable in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Types of Medical Malpractice Involving EMTs and Paramedics Emergency medical technicians and paramedics are responsible for triaging and administering emergent care. That can result in saving a person’s life or, in some cases, result in further injury and possibly death. Mistakes can happen in these often chaotic circumstances, but when they are due to carelessness or negligence, medical malpractice » Read More
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If a woman suffering a heart attack is seen by a male doctor versus a female doctor in an emergency room, her chance of dying increases. That stunning information was recently discovered after a study of more than 500,000 cases. A woman stands a much better chance of surviving a heart attack, directly after and in the long term, if she is seen immediately by a female emergency room physician. The study was divided into four categories: Female doctors treating women Female doctors treating men Male doctors treating women Male doctor treating men In all of the four categories, the only outcome that varied was when male doctors treated female heart attack patients. Generally, about 11.9 percent of heart attack » Read More
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New Jersey is likely to become the third state in the nation to limit the number of patients assigned to each nurse in a hospital setting. California has already enacted laws limiting nurse and patient ratios, and Massachusetts will be voting on whether to enact the law this fall. According to Health Professionals and Allied Employees, high patient-to-nurse ratios are the number one complaint from nurses working in a hospital setting. A spokesperson for Health Professionals and Allied Employees stresses that the law does not stem from making the lives of nurses easier. The law will enable them to provide patients in the hospital with the level of care and attention they need and deserve. So often, short-staffing and a » Read More
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Many parents look ahead with apprehension to the day when their child will begin to drive. Everyone knows that no matter how skilled a driver is, there are many on the road who drive recklessly and aggressively. A teen driver who has not yet gained the confidence and skill may be at an even greater risk for an accident. A new study suggests that parents have every reason to be concerned. Researchers for the study used cameras and sensors to follow teen drivers over a two-year period, beginning the time they received their learner permits. During the permit phase, while a parent or another licensed driver was in the car with them, teens tended to be safer. In fact, their » Read More
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It is common knowledge that distracted driving is dangerous and pervasive. We all know about the dangers associated with texting while driving. But what about distractions that are part of your car itself? Long gone are the days of the simple car radio. These days, infotainment systems can be linked by Bluetooth to a wide array of technologies, including music, podcasts, and even videos. AAA has conducted an important study, and the results are shocking. Infotainment systems built into our car’s dashboard can be even more distracting and dangerous than smart phones, thus putting drivers at serious risk of having a car accident. AAA has ranked a number of newer model vehicles according to how distracting their infotainment systems are. » Read More
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Not long ago we witnessed the largest auto-safety recall in history, with the dangerous Takata airbags having been recalled from many different brands and models of vehicles. An increase in the use of parts created by a single manufacturer across vehicle brands has resulted in a number of large-scale recalls. Yet last year, the federal agency charged with investigating auto safety issues slowed down its investigation of claims. While it is not uncommon to see a decline in enforcement and investigations during conservative administrations, this data falls far short of anything else in recent history. A review of annual National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) investigations spanning back to 1972 shows a sharp decline beginning in 2016. In 1989, the » Read More
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