Parents: Here’s How to Prepare for Flu Season This Year

It is officially flu season. Between the months of October and May, the influenza virus peaks and infects adults and children, although symptoms and severity may vary significantly. The flu is far more dangerous for younger children than the common cold, which is why the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges parents to prepare. Listed below are some helpful tips for parents during flu season: Get vaccinated. An annual flu vaccine is one of the most effective ways to protect your family from the flu. The vaccine has been proven to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization…

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Keep Your Trick-or-Treater Safe with These Six Safety Tips

Halloween is one of the most exciting times for your children. They get to dress up as their favorite character, eat candy, and watch scary movies. As a parent, however, it’s important to make sure your kids have a fun and safe holiday by following a few crucial safety tips. 6 Halloween Safety Tips for Your Trick-or-Treater Plan costumes accordingly. Bright and reflective costumes are safer, but if your child’s costume is dark, you can add reflective tape or give them a bright trick-or-treat bag. Make sure their shoes fit well and that their costumes are short enough to prevent…

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Are Pedestrian Accidents on the Rise in the DC Area?

Pedestrians in the DC area are advised to become extra vigilant as they are walking along the streets of our communities. Local crashes are leaving a string of victims, many of whom are seriously injured and others whose death leaves a mourning family. The first concern in attempting to prevent a spike from becoming a trend is to make drivers and pedestrians aware of the situation and re-educate everyone on basic safety guidelines for sharing the roads and obeying traffic signals. Are Pedestrian Accidents Getting Out of Hand in the DC Area? Listed below are just a handful of recent…

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What Medical Documents Will I Need to Gather for My Medical Malpractice Case?

Medical malpractice cases are difficult to process for many reasons. You and your medical malpractice attorney will need to gather many different medical documents while litigating your lawsuit. Your lawsuit could be against a medical provider, a pharmaceutical business, or other medical entity.  You could help your case provide proper documentation if you gather the proper letters, records, forms, and data. Careful review of those documents may show that negligence on part of the health care professionals was involved. What Are the Different Kinds of Documents I Will Need? Medical records. Most of the time, your medical records will be…

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How Do I Know When I Can Drive Again After a Serious Brain Injury?

After sustaining a brain injury, your life can be put on hold. You may want to know when or if you can go back to your normal routine. One of the biggest concerns after a brain injury is when you can drive again. Depending on the severity of your brain injury, multiple factors will affect when you will be able to drive safely again. What Is the Most Common Question Regarding a Brain Injury and Driving? Will my driving privileges and/or driver’s license be taken away after my brain injury? Just because you have a brain injury doesn’t mean that…

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CDC: Romaine Lettuce E. coli Outbreak Appears to Be Over

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) declared that the recent outbreak of E. coli (Escherichia coli) that affected romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Arizona region appears to be over. By May 8, there were 149 confirmed cases of E. coli food poisoning linked to romaine lettuce from this part of the US. of E. coli food poisoning. The CDC recorded 210 total cases during the outbreak. According to the CDC, the strain of E. coli (E. coli O157:H7) responsible for the outbreak was especially virulent and can lead to hemolytic uremic syndrome. This is a potentially fatal…

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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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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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Are Patients Aware When Medical Malpractice Occurs?

Medical mistakes are responsible for an estimated 250,000 to 440,000 deaths in the US each year. Some medical mistakes are caused by medical malpractice. However, patients and their families are not always aware of this fact. Physicians and hospitals may not admit to mistakes that harm patients. According to a survey conducted by Medscape, 7 percent of physicians say it is acceptable to cover up medical errors. Another 14 percent say that it depends on the circumstances. More than 70 percent of physicians who participated in a survey published in British Medical Journal Quality & Safety said they would provide…

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What Causes Surgical Fires?

More than 250,000 people in the US are killed by medical mistakes each year. Countless others suffer injuries, some of which may be life-altering. Surgical fires, which occur around patients who are undergoing surgical procedures, are a type of medical mistake that is likely to cause catastrophic injuries. According to the ECRI Institute (formerly the Emergency Care Research Institute), there are an estimated 500 to 600 surgical fires each year. Surgical fires can occur when a procedure utilizes flammable materials, ignition sources and oxidizers. Flammable materials may include surgical drapes, alcohol-based skin preparation agents and even the patient. Ignition sources…

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