Report: Drug Dispensing Errors Kill 100,000 Per Year

Prescription drug errors can leave patients with debilitating or life-threatening injuries. In some cases, patients lose their lives when they receive the wrong drugs at their local pharmacies. According to CBS News in Dallas-Fort Worth, who investigated the problem, prescription drug errors are responsible for an estimated 100,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. CBS News pulled its statistics from the National Center for Biotechnology Information. There are multiple reasons why pharmacies may incorrectly dispense prescription drugs. Poor communication, similar drug names and medications that look alike are causes of medication errors. Patients may receive the incorrect medication or the…

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Do 15-Passenger Vans Have an Increased Risk of Rollover Accidents?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a warning about the dangers of 15-passenger vans. NHTSA warns that these vehicles are dangerous in the hands of inexperienced drivers. According to NHTSA, 15-passenger vans have a high center of gravity that increases the risk of a rollover accident. Statistics published by NHTSA show that rollovers cause roughly 60 percent of crashes involving these vehicles. In addition, older models of these vans may lack modern safety features that can prevent other types of accidents. There are a few reasons why 15-passenger vans can suffer a rollover accident. First, these vehicles…

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How to Avoid Drowning Risks This Summer

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that roughly 3,500 people drown each year in non-boating related accidents. Drownings can occur in swimming pools, spas, lakes and other bodies of water. There are multiple ways you could reduce the risk of a drowning accident this summer. Provide supervision. If you are a parent, the American Red Cross recommends supervising your children while they are swimming. Only adults should supervise children. However, supervision is also important for adults. According to the American Red Cross, you should use the buddy system (swimming with another person) instead of swimming alone. Ensure your…

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Can A False-Negative on a Flu Test Lead to Death?

A 15-year-old Georgia girl has become one of many US children to pass away during this year’s brutal flu season. Her story also shows what may happen when patients do not receive an accurate flu diagnosis. However, death can also occur when patients with the flu are not properly diagnosed and treated. According to the girl’s parents, they had taken her to a clinic after she became sick with flu-like symptoms. Doctors at the clinic tested the girl for the flu, but the results came back negative. Within less than three days, the girl died from liver failure. It was…

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What Are the Most Dangerous Intersections for Pedestrians in Washington DC?

Our blog recently discussed a Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) report on fatal pedestrian accidents in the US. The report found that pedestrian accidents have increased over the past decade. WTOP recently published an article that shows some intersections in Washington DC are safer than others if you are on foot. According to the article, some of DCs most dangerous intersections are typically filled with pedestrians. WTOP used crash data from the District Department of Transportation to create the article. The most dangerous intersections were rated based on the frequency of pedestrian crashes during 2017. Five of most dangerous intersections…

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What to Know About Central Line Infections

Central line blood infections are responsible for thousands of deaths each year. Also known as a central venous catheter, central lines are placed in veins near the chest, neck or groin. A central line is inserted into a vein close to the heart to provide medicine or collect blood. These are not to be confused with IVs, which are generally placed near the arm or hands to provide fluids or medicines. A blood infection can occur when pathogens (a virus or bacteria) enter the bloodstream through the central line. There are multiple reasons why central-line infections may occur. Poor sanitation….

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What are Common Medical Mistakes in Emergency Rooms?

Emergency rooms are one of the most important pillars of our nation’s health care infrastructure. In fact, more than 100 million people are treated in US emergency rooms each year. While emergency rooms are a critical aspect of our national health care system, they are also facilities that may be rife with medical errors. Common medical mistakes in emergency rooms include but are not limited to: Diagnostic errors. You could receive an incorrect diagnosis in an emergency room. These medical facilities may be overloaded with patients and understaffed. As a result, doctors may not spend as much time with patients….

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What Could Cause a Breast Cancer Misdiagnosis?

An estimated one in eight women in the US will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. Breast cancer is common in the US and throughout the world. Women who receive an early diagnosis of breast cancer can begin treatment when the disease is still in its early stages. Early treatment leads to better outcomes. A delayed diagnosis of breast cancer could allow the cancer to metastasize to other parts of the body. There are cases where women (and men) with breast cancer receive a delayed diagnosis. Possible reasons for a delayed diagnosis of breast cancer include but are not…

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Statewide Program in Virginia to Improve Teen Driving Safety

Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety and Virginia State Police have launched a competitive program to improve teen driving safety. The “Arrive Alive” program began on March 19 and will run through May 4. Arrive Alive is being offered to schools and youth organizations throughout the state. As part of the program, students at participating Virginia schools will compete by developing social media campaigns that encourage safe driving. The program’s goal is to help teenagers develop safe driving and passenger behaviors. Spring and summer are the deadliest time of year for teenager drivers. The AAA Foundation for Traffic…

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New Report Released on Pedestrian Accidents in the US

The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) recently published a report on pedestrian accidents in the US. According to the report, almost 6,000 pedestrians were killed during 2017. The report also found that pedestrian accidents in Washington DC have increased since 2016. Why are so many pedestrians being killed in the US? GHSA’s report found speeding, failure to yield and distractions are the primary causes of death. In addition, the GHSA report also suggests legal marijuana usage may have contributed to an increase in the number of fatalities. Seven states who legalized marijuana between 2012 and 2016 experienced a collective 16.7…

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