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  • What Are the Different Types of Diagnostic Errors?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 31-Oct-2017

    Medical mistakes are extremely common in hospitals, doctors’ offices and other health care facilities across the country. In fact, a study published in British Medical Journal estimated that medical errors cause 250,000 patient deaths in the US each year. Diagnostic errors are the most common type of medical mistake. These mistakes can lead to catastrophic consequences for patients and their ...
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  • The War between Antibiotics and Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria - Who's Winning, and Why

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 31-Oct-2017

    For a number of years now, the medical community and disease control experts have expressed alarm at the growing number of bacterial strains that don’t respond to antibiotic treatment. These so-called “superbugs” can cause prolonged infections, extended illnesses, loss of limbs and even death. Ironically, one of the places you’re statistically most likely to pick up one of ...
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  • How Can Homeowners Contribute to Halloween Safety?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 30-Oct-2017

    Last week, we discussed tips for keeping your trick-or-treaters safe on Halloween. However, there are also ways that you can make Halloween safer for your neighborhood. Keep your property well-lit : Trick-or-treaters and their parents must be able to see where they are going. You should ensure that your property has adequate lighting. Walkways, driveways and front doorsteps should be able ...
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  • Autumn Road Dangers: What to Know, and How to Stay Safe

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 30-Oct-2017

    Along with gorgeous fall colors, dipping temperatures and the anticipation of the holidays, the autumn season also brings with it a unique set of road safety issues. In fact, AAA says October is now the 2 nd most dangerous month of the year for driving, and October was 2016’s deadliest month here in Washington DC, according to WTOP. What are some of these fall road dangers, and how can you ...
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  • Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips We Hear and Ignore-and Why We Shouldn't

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 27-Oct-2017

    Every October, we see Internet articles and news reports reminding parents and children to observe basic safety rules about trick-or-treating. Halloween marks the unofficial beginning of the holiday season for many families, and neighborhoods abuzz with costumed children (and adults) can be a lot of fun. However, there’s a legitimate reason why we hear these same safety tips year after year: ...
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  • What Are Common Surgical "Never Events"?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 12-Oct-2017

    “Never events” are a nickname given to the most egregious and preventable medical mistakes. Although there are many ways patients may be harmed while receiving medical services, “never events” refer to specific types of mistakes. The National Quality Forum (NQF) maintains a list of medical mistakes that may be considered “never events.” Twenty-nine of the ...
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  • Can Football Concussions Be Fatal?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 11-Oct-2017

    Football concussions receive a lot of attention from the press because of the possibility athletes may develop chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). While concussions can cause the degenerative brain disease CTE, they may also result in death or permanent disability shortly after an injury occurs. Second-impact syndrome (SIS) is a nickname for brain swelling that can occur when young athletes ...
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  • Are We on the Verge of Revolutionizing Auto Safety?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 9-Oct-2017

    Despite heightened regulations and a constant string of technological advancements over the years, automobile accidents still injure and kill thousands of us each year—in part due to the sheer numbers of cars on the road, in part due to human error, etc. However, looking at recent trends that have revolutionized and disrupted the auto manufacturing sector, we have reason to believe that ...
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  • Leaf Blower Accidents: The Risks and How to Avoid Them

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 9-Oct-2017

    Along with the changing colors and falling leaves, widespread sightings of leaf blowers are a sure sign that autumn is in full swing. These power tools were designed as an invention of modern convenience, but unfortunately they also cause a fairly high number of accidents and injuries each year—even prompting some movements to ban them entirely. If you use a leaf blower yourself—or if ...
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  • Can Fake Solar Eclipse Glasses Cause Blindness?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 6-Oct-2017

    August’s solar eclipse that traversed the United States will be remembered for years to come. Thousands of people across the country rushed to stores and online retailers to buy special glasses that were required to safely view a solar eclipse. According to NASA, safe eclipse glasses have a designated 12312-2 ISO number, are free from scratches, do not use homemade filters and list the ...
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  • Is Your Vehicle Included in the Volkswagen Recall?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 5-Oct-2017

    Volkswagen has issued a recall for more than 280,000 vehicles after discovering a dangerous fuel pump defect. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) documents show that the computers powering the fuel pumps can fail without warning. As a result, the engines in these vehicles can stall while people are driving. The following vehicles are included in the Volkswagen recall: 2009 ...
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  • Can Getting a Second Opinion Prevent a Misdiagnosis?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 4-Oct-2017

    Diagnostic errors are the most common mistake made by doctors. Considering that medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the US, it is important to protect yourself while receiving medical care. Some people have argued that getting a second opinion from another doctor can reduce your chance of receiving an incorrect diagnosis. Are these claims true? A new study published by Mayo ...
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  • Can Automatic Car Windows Injure Children?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 3-Oct-2017

    Automatic car windows are found in millions of vehicles sold in the US. However, power windows can also be hazardous to children, especially when they are left unattended. Children may roll the windows up on themselves while trying to stick their heads out of vehicles. Windows can exert intense pressure on the windpipe, leaving children who become caught unable to breathe or scream for help. While ...
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