Tips for Making Your Labor Day Travel Safer

Traveling during the Labor Day holiday weekend marks the end of summer vacation for many families. Unfortunately, it also frequently includes a higher incidence of traffic accidents and fatalities. Every Labor Day weekend, traffic fatalities spike due to irresponsible behavior and drunk driving. So, what can you do to minimize your chances of being involved in an accident this Labor Day Weekend? Below are several common-sense guidelines to help make your holiday travel safer: Five Ways to Make Your Labor Day Safer Avoid Drinking and Driving – Drunk driving is one of the top causes of holiday traffic fatalities. Don’t…

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What Are the Most Common Prescription Drug Errors?

Prescription drugs, when used correctly, can save someone’s life who is suffering from a chronic illness or health condition. Prescription drugs also have the ability to improve a patient’s quality of life and reduce the chances of experiencing serious negative side effects related to their condition. Although medication errors may be common, some of them can be fatal. According to an article by the Mount Sinai Medical Center, five common medication errors in relation to prescription drugs include: 5 Common Prescription Drug Errors Unawareness of expiration dates. Expiration dates are always printed on a drug’s label or bottle, but many…

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Loved One Hospitalized for an Infection? Here’s How You Can Ensure Their Good Care

From surgical sites to the urinary tract, a variety of infections can result in hospitalization. If a loved one is stuck in the hospital due to infection, it’s your job as friend or family member to provide unwavering support. Keep the following in mind as you help your loved one through this difficult ordeal: No Physical Contact Do your part to prevent the spread of infection. It’s tempting to hug or kiss loved ones, but this could cause further suffering not only for the two of you, but also for countless others. Don’t visit if you show any signs of…

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Signs That Your Doctor (or Surgeon) Hasn’t Gotten Enough Sleep

Sleep deprivation is a huge problem in the medical community. Doctors and surgeons spend nearly 1.5 times as long in the workplace as the average American. Their hard work is admirable, of course, but not when it forces them to forgo sleep. Experts believe that drowsy driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving, and yet, we don’t bat an eye at the idea of 24-hour medical shifts — just five hours of which, according to an Annals of Thoracic Medicine study, are spent sleeping for the vast majority of physicians. Unfortunately, it can be tough to pinpoint sleep-deprived doctors….

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Staying Safe While Playing Summer Sports in the Heat

Every year, hundreds of Americans die due to prolonged heat exposure. Summer heat can be particularly deadly for active types who will stop at little to get on the field. Read on to learn how you and your loved ones can continue to enjoy your favorite summer sports while staying safe: Hydration Hydration is critical not only during practices and games, but also leading up to physical activity. If you know that hotter-than-average weather is about to strike during game day, begin drinking more water than you would on an average day. Gradually Prepare For Heat Perhaps practices and games…

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The Dangers of Sudden Summer Thunderstorms (and How to Avoid Them)

Experts estimate that an astounding 1,800 thunderstorms strike our planet every day. They occur more frequently in certain locations and in certain weather conditions. Summer heat and moisture are especially likely to bring about unexpected lighting and thunder. These storms can be deadly; while figures vary significantly from one year to the next, the United States National Weather Service reported 40 lighting fatalities in 2016. Seek Shelter Immediately The moment a thunderstorm becomes evident, seek shelter. If possible, head indoors or towards your vehicle. If you’re alone in an open space, don’t stand under a tall object such as a…

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Before Your Surgery: How to Make Sure Your Doctors and Hospital Prepare Properly

Surgery is in your near future and you’re feeling nervous. One mistake could cause years of suffering. Now is not the time for complacency; by paying attention to seemingly mundane details, you can ensure that hospital staff members are adequately prepared. Check Hospital Ratings and Lawsuit History How do Leapfrog and Consumer Reports (two of the most comprehensive providers of hospital ratings) grade the hospital you intend to visit? Specifically, what do they say about surgery? How likely are patients at your desired hospital to contract infections? Lawsuit history can also provide valuable insight into the preparedness of your surgical…

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Who’s at Risk During a Heat Wave, and How Can You Help Them?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prolonged heat exposure causes hundreds of deaths every year. Those who survive may suffer greatly. This suffering can be prevented by understanding who is most at risk and how they can best prepare for heat waves. Who Is Most At Risk During Heat Waves? While heat waves can cause problems for just about anybody, the following groups should be on extra alert: Young children. Kids’ bodies can heat up three times as quickly as their adult counterparts. Kids also tend to be more active and may fail to slow down when…

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Hidden “Back to School” Perils — And What to Do About Them

Back to school season has arrived, and with it, all kinds of excitement and anxiety. While you hope that your children will be safe and happy at school, you’re probably more worried than ever, given the alarming stories that hit headlines every day. Some of the greatest perils of back to school season may be invisible, however. The following are a few of the many hidden dangers you should watch for as your kids return to school: School Buses And Other Commuting Methods If your child is out of the habit of riding the bus, it’s important to review safety…

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Who Rates Hospitals for Safety, and What Standards Do They Use?

The 1999 Institute of Medicine report To Err is Human: Building a Safer Health System revolutionized hospital safety ratings. This landmark report revealed that medical errors result in up to 98,000 deaths every year. This estimate suggests that more Americans die due to hospitals than in car crashes. Since the report’s publication, several organizations have doubled down their efforts to improve public awareness of hospital safety. The following are among the most important systems for rating and reviewing hospitals: Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades Every year, The Leapfrog Group consolidates a variety of medical stats (along with feedback from experts) to…

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