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Electronic systems can cause medical errors

Using electronic health records could play a role in causing medical errors to occur in Pennsylvania. One of the problems that these systems have is that they don't make a distinction between adult and pediatric patients. This can be problematic when it comes to ensuring that a patient receives the proper dose of medication. According to a study published in Health Affairs, 84.5 percent of medication errors were related to improper dosing.

A further 3.5 percent of errors were related to doses not being taken at the proper time. Overall, these systems are seen as an improvement in how care is delivered to patients. However, issues with usability could ultimately put patients at risk of harm. Implementing safety alerts and other tools could make it easier for medical professionals to use a system safely and accurately.

Green card eligibility and application processes in Pennsylvania

If you are hoping to successfully gain permanent legal residency in the United States, you will probably be seeking to obtain a green card. A green card grants you the right to live and gain work in the United States for an indefinite period of time.

It is important that you take the time to learn how the application process for gaining a green card works, and that you understand the eligibility requirements. The application process can be complex, so it is vital that you know how to approach the application in the most time-efficient way.

What the statistics say about dump truck accidents

Pennsylvania drivers are encouraged to exercise extra caution when driving on the freeway during the winter months and especially during the busy holiday season. Recent statistics point to an added reason for this extra caution. There has been an increase in serious accidents that involve dump trucks as well as ready-mix concrete delivery trucks. This increase is seen as part of an ongoing problem that centers around bad driving habits.

The insurance industry has increased premiums on fleets and individual vehicles with the goal of encouraging improved driving habits. These measures have not produced the desired results as of yet. Additional measures have included limiting driver fatigue, something that is often a factor in dump truck collisions. They have also introduced technology designed to monitor what happens when these large vehicles are on the road.

Take these steps to become a defensive driver

There will always be aggressive drivers on the road. Fortunately, you don't have to be one of them. You can follow a variety of steps to become a defensive driver, which goes a long way in keeping you safe.

Even if you haven't been the safest driver to date, you can change your ways in the future. If you want to become a defensive driver, here are five steps to take:

  • Think ahead: Knowing what you could run into on the road can go a long way in helping you avoid trouble. For example, if you know that traffic typically stops at a certain time of the day, plan in advance for this.
  • Watch what's happening around you: You only have control over your vehicle, but that doesn't mean you should ignore others. In addition to other vehicles, watch for pedestrians. There's a lot happening around you, so pay attention to anything that could pose a risk.
  • Leave more space: The more space you leave between your vehicle and others, the more time you have to stop. For instance, many people are in the habit of tailgating when driving in stop and go traffic. Do yourself a favor and leave one to two car lengths of stopping time.
  • Don't become aggressive: Even the best defensive drivers are tempted to change their ways every now and again. Maybe someone cuts you off. Or maybe someone uses a hand signal that upsets you. Don't let the aggression of another driver rub off on you.
  • Avoid distractions at all costs: Defensive drivers understand the importance of always paying attention to the road. They don't text and drive. They don't eat and drink while behind the wheel. They don't turn around to see what's happening in the backseat. You should always keep your eyes on the road and both hands on the steering wheel.

Mistakes in electronic health records are difficult to fix

Errors occur in the electronic health record systems used by hospitals and doctors offices throughout Pennsylvania and the rest of the country. While many errors are trivial and harmless, others can cause serious harm to patients when not fixed. A study from John Hopkins found that more than 250,000 people die per year in the United States due to medical errors. A compounding problem in this issue stems from a distrust of patients by doctors and nurses and an unwillingness to admit mistakes.

One of the more common problems for providers is mistaken identity. Because there is no centralized system for medical record keeping in the United States, patients records often get mixed up with each other. In order to remedy this situation, experts believe that doctors should take measures to ensure the identity of their patients, including attaching photos to folders. On a broader level, adapting record keeping that's used in countries like the U.K. and France would also help.

You're never too young and healthy for a will

You're 35 years old, and you run marathons. You're in great shape. You go biking on the weekends with your friends and spend time at the gym when you can't run on the roads. You rarely get sick, you watch what you eat and you take your vitamins. You're proud of the way you've taken care of yourself.

As such, you feel like you don't need a will. You should have at least another 35 or 40 years before your family would have to use it. You're too young to think about passing on your assets. You're too healthy to worry about dying from heart disease or some other ailment. You have a long time left on the earth and you don't worry too much about the end.

Automatic braking systems dramatically reduce rear-end collisions

Many of the passenger vehicles on sale in Pennsylvania and around the country are available with automatic braking and forward impact warning systems. This technology is primarily designed to prevent rear-end collisions, and crash testing has revealed it to be extremely capable. A team of researchers from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety wanted to find out how well automatic braking systems work in the real world. Their findings seem to support the view that this technology can prevent thousands of accidents and injuries each year.

The IIHS team studied police investigations into rear-end collisions involving General Motors vehicles manufactured between 2013 and 2015. They then used a list of automobile serial numbers provided by GM to determine which of these vehicles were equipped with forward warning and automatic braking systems. GM began offering this technology on its sedans, SUVs and pickup trucks in 2013.

How to spot a drunk driver

When you take to the road, you understand the importance of doing so with a clear mind. Consuming alcohol before you drive can impair your judgment, thus increasing the risk of causing an accident.

Even if you understand the importance of avoiding alcohol before driving, it doesn't mean that every other driver takes the same approach. Despite the fact that it's against the law, there will always be people who drink and drive.

Understaffing at nursing homes can endanger your loved one

Placing your loved one in a nursing home is never an easy decision. When you do have to make that choice, you likely take great steps to ensure that your loved one is in a decent facility. You may have gone so far as to look at their safety record and review their best practices or standard of care rules.

Unfortunately, employees at nursing homes do not always comply with the standards set by the business itself. Chronic understaffing is an issue at many nursing homes. That may result in residents not receiving adequate care. When you visit your loved one at the nursing home, you should pay close attention to warning signs of understaffing. Documenting issues you notice as they arise can help ensure that your loved one receives a decent standard of care.

Inspection blitz uncovers trucking safety violations

A semi truck with failing brakes can pose a serious safety risk to other motorists on the Pennsylvania roadways. Despite the fact that brake maintenance is critical for trucks to safely navigate the roads, safety violations involving brake issues continue to top the list of problems found by inspectors. In an inspection blitz for Brake Safety Week sponsored by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), over 14 percent of all trucks inspected were taken off of the roads due to safety violations involving brake systems. The week, carried out in September 2018, marked the CVSA's latest effort to draw attention to brake maintenance issues.

Poorly maintained brakes could increase the likelihood of a catastrophic trucking accident, especially if a commercial truck driver loses control of the vehicle. While there were a number of different types of violations found during Brake Safety Week, many were serious enough to order some trucks sidelined until repairs were made. Inspectors evaluated 35,080 commercial trucks and took 4,955 of them out of service as a result.

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