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Diving into Pool Safety

With summer right around the corner and temperatures on the rise, many families will soon be looking for ways to get out of the house and cool down. State and local governments are beginning to relax pandemic restrictions in accordance with CDC guidelines, meaning beaches and pools are once again becoming tempting escapes. After being away for so long, it can be easy to forget how dangerous any body of water can be, particularly for children. Before your next trip to the public pool, read through these quick suggestions for the best ways to keep you and your family safe:…

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What is a Traumatic Brain Injury?

What is a traumatic brain injury? Washington DC injury lawyers Regan Zambri Long discuss one of the most serious types of injuries. It happens without warning, and it happens anywhere. It happens on the highways, the sports field, in the workplace, in the hospital, while riding a bike, or in the grocery store. And it happens approximately every 23 seconds to someone in the US. A traumatic brain injury is the direct result of a violent blow, bump, or jolt to the head. A study reported by the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) tells us in a five-year period following a TBI,…

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Do Stressed Nurses Make More Errors? What The Latest Science Says

Stress and burnout are huge issues throughout the health care industry. Nurses, in particular, are vulnerable. They work long hours in physically and mentally demanding positions — often with little support. Unfortunately, the latest research suggests that this extreme stress causes suffering not only among nurses, but also, for their patients. How Stress Impacts Nursing Performance Stress is part and parcel with the nursing profession, but at certain levels, it can be managed to limit the impact on patients. Many nurses, however, face stress above and beyond what they can handle on a day-to-day basis. Stress can negatively affect focus,…

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The Rise and Fall of the Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play

A Story of Corporate Irresponsibility Young parents undoubtedly have one of the most stressful and confusing jobs in the world. From breakfast to playtime to bedtime, there are a million decisions parents must make about their infants’ and toddlers’ lives every day. This is ever more complicated by the constant barrage of advertisements trying to sell the latest advancements in childcare technology. Just 25 years ago, much of the American public thought that classical music was the key to unlocking your baby’s true intellectual potential; with so many varied perspectives on early youth development, it is impossible to predict what…

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How to Choose the Safest, Best Hospital Near You

It’s never fun to think about future medical emergencies, but these situations are bound to arrive — and when they do, prior planning could make a huge difference. This is particularly true when it comes to hospital selection, as you cannot be counted on to make the right choice during a crisis. Unfortunately, hospital quality differs dramatically, as seen in alarming statistics. Hence, the need to examine the data in advance to ensure that you make the right decision before a hospital visit is required. Keep the following considerations in mind: Examine Ratings A variety of resources offer detailed reviews…

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What to Know About the CDC’s Latest Guidance on the Dangers of Bedding for Infants: Part II

We’ve come a long way with safe sleep for infants, but further improvements are needed to avoid preventable tragedies. The CDC underscores this with new guidance on infant bedding and other risk factors. In our previous post on infant sleep hazards, we got into specifics regarding the results of a landmark study. Next, we’ll show how this data plays into a larger trend of plateaued progress on sudden unexpected infant death (SUID). Unexpected But Not Unexplained The CDC’s latest study on SUID’s top sources revealed many alarming hazards, but the data should be comforting in at least one regard: among…

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Memorial Day Travel: What to Know

Memorial Day 2021 Travel Tips As Memorial Day approaches, many American families are making their first weekend travel plans since the start of the pandemic. Though holiday traffic is still not expected to surpass pre-COVID-19 volume, AAA research predicts a 60% increase in Memorial Day travel from 2020 to 2021. With millions eager to reclaim a sense of normalcy and leisure, it is as necessary as ever to keep safety a top priority this holiday weekend. Planning on driving? If your weekend plans entail hitting the road, you are far from alone. The same AAA report referenced above found that…

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What to Know About the CDC’s Latest Guidance on the Dangers of Bedding for Infants: Part I

Rates of sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) have plummeted since the early 90s. Unfortunately, such deaths remain far too common. According to recent insight from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), many of these tragedies can be blamed on bedding. Other factors may also play a role, however, so it’s important for parents to do their research before deciding how and where they’ll put their infants to sleep. Keep reading to learn more about the CDC’s latest study on SUID and key takeaways from this important research: Suffocation Versus Unexplained Deaths The CDC identified a variety of risk factors for…

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Washington DC Car Seat Laws

Washington DC car seat laws: what parents and caregivers need to know to keep children safe According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), hundreds of children die in traffic crashes across the nation, and approximately 100,000 suffer injuries each year. Unfortunately, infants and young children in the Washington D.C. area face the risk of accident and injury, especially in the area’s heavy traffic. Car seat laws impose restrictions on the use of car seats depending on the age of the child. Child restraint systems, whether car seats or booster seats, require the use of a seatbelt. The CDC…

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The Most Common Things That Distract Us While Driving — And What to Do About Them

Distracted driving feels a bit like the status quo these days. We all technically agree that it’s important to pay attention to the road, but all too often succumb to the lure of checking our phone, applying makeup, or grabbing a snack. All three behaviors are dangerous, as we explain below: Cell Phones Mobile devices are among the most common sources of distraction behind the wheel. Texting is an obvious culprit, but using navigation apps or even chatting on the phone can be problematic. Increasingly, many drivers also use social media while operating vehicles, with some even adding to Instagram…

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