Thursday, August 31, 2017

Poor Stethoscope Hygiene Can Result in Infections

Healthcare providers use stethoscopes repeatedly throughout the day on numerous patients. Yet, according to a report published in the July issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official journal of the Association for Professional in Infection Control and Epidemiology, doctors and nurses rarely sanitize their stethoscopes after each patient encounter. This lack of

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Three Hospitalized After MTA Bus Crashes into Car in Baltimore

On Wednesday morning, an MTA bus crashed into a car in Baltimore. Around 6 am, the crash occurred, causing three individuals to require hospitalization for personal injuries. No other information is available regarding the reason for the MTA bus and car crash or the status of the victims. MTA buses provide public transportation for commuters

Smallest Cars Most Fatal in Wrecks

A new study recently conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) found that small, energy efficient cars have the highest driver fatality rates of all cars involved in a car wreck. Out of 208 vehicles studied from 2012 to 2015, there were 104 fatal accidents involving the Hyundai Accent and the Kia Rio,

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

One Change to Trucks Could Save Lives

Trucks commonly populate the roads and are necessary to transporting goods around town and across the country. Despite these positive attributes, this also means that motorists driving smaller vehicles like cars are vulnerable around tractor-trailers and may be in danger of engaging in disastrous accidents that could result in damage to their vehicles and the

The Most Common Workplace Injury

When it comes to injuries at work, most people may conjure up images of a slip and fall accident, an incident involving machinery, or a construction worker falling from a high-rise building. Surprisingly, the most common workplace injury is hearing loss. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 22 million workers are

Monday, August 28, 2017

Five-Vehicle Crash in Beltsville Leaves Two Fatalities

A five-vehicle crash in Beltsville, Maryland caused two fatalities on Monday morning. Around midnight, the five-vehicle crash occurred along Edmonston Road near Sunnyside Avenue. Although two car occupants succumbed to their fatal injuries, no other information was available regarding other car occupants sustaining  personal injuries. Multi-vehicle crashes are also referred to as chain reaction crashes because

Rise in Wrong-Way Crashes

Over the course of 14 weeks, on or near a relatively small stretch of Route 50, five people lost their lives in three separate head-on collisions that occurred when drivers ended up on the wrong side of the road, going in the opposite direction of traffic. The five victims, ranging in age from 22 to

Opioid Epidemic Causes Rise in Fatal Car Accidents

As the nation’s widespread opioid epidemic shows no signs of slowing down, researchers from Columbia University have found another unfortunate effect of this looming public health crisis. In addition to the well-publicized rise in overdose fatalities, researchers have found a significant increase in the number of opioid-related fatal car accidents. In fact, the study confirms

Friday, August 25, 2017

Paramedics Offer Safety Tips for Car Seats

Selecting the right car seat for a child is among the many purchases that can be extremely overwhelming for parents. It can be difficult to decide which car seat to buy when there are hundreds of models available that offer different safety features and come with a wide range of consumer reviews. Cost is another

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Link Between Early School Start Times and Car Accidents  

Between school, activities, and friends, teens have a lot on their plate. When you combine these daily pressures with the fact that too many teenagers are not receiving enough sleep, serious consequences can occur. Some believe this chronic fatigue issue is directly related to how early schools across the country start their day. According

Head-on Collision in Rising Sun Fatally Injures Man

On Wednesday morning, a head-on collision in Rising Sun, Maryland, caused a motorist to sustain fatal injuries. Around 6 am, a 24-year-old man from Newark, Delaware was driving on Route 274 in a Mazda sedan, and swerved to avoid a car exiting a driveway on the road. After he swerved out of the way, a

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Truck Driver Tops List of Most Dangerous Jobs

Without knowing everything that goes into driving a truck, it may not seem like a particularly dangerous job. However, in 2015, 745 truck drivers suffered fatal injuries on the job, only a slight decrease compared to the 761 drivers in 2014. The U.S. Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that over 25 percent of

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

MIT Research Aims to Reduce Distracted Driving Accidents

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Age Lab, and the Michigan engineering firm of Touchstone Evaluations are taking a new approach to reducing the number of car accidents caused by distracted driving. The study, which is being funded by Denso, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, Google, and Panasonic, aims to understand driver behavior that leads

Impact of Advanced Safety Technology

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of preventable fatalities in the United States, and truck accidents are among the most devastating of these fatal wrecks. In an effort to significantly reduce the number of truck accidents on roads and highways across the country, manufacturers, regulators, and technology firms are considering new safety technology that

Monday, August 21, 2017

Back Seat Passengers Less Likely to Wear Seat Belts  

It is common knowledge that seat belts are one of the most effective and life-saving safety features in a motor vehicle. In 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 13,941 lives were saved by proper seat belt use. However, they are useless if the occupants of the vehicle do not use them.

Older Employees at Greater Risk for Injuries  

When a job requires a certain amount of heavy lifting, bending, reaching, or other physical activity, it can take a toll on a worker’s body, particularly older employees. The natural aging process makes older adults more prone to things such as back injuries, knee problems, and joint pain. This can have a serious impact

Patients Want More Information About Drug Side Effects  

Doctors prescribe medications to their patients in order to help treat and manage a wide range of conditions and illnesses. Ideally, the medication is effective at treating the condition without causing any unpleasant side effects. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Doctors have a responsibility to warn patients about potential side effects that

Benefits for Lyme Disease

Tick infestations have become rampant in recent years, and the effects of a tick bite can be debilitating. Ticks bites can cause a nasty bacterial infection called Lyme disease, which can manifest a number of complications. Sufferers of the disease can have remission periods and symptoms can be inconsistent; similarly, an infected person can also

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Too Many Drivers Pass School Buses Illegally

When approaching a school bus that has stopped and has flashing red lights on, cars traveling in the same direction are prohibited from passing the bus until the flashing lights are turned off. Cars approaching from the opposite direction must also stop, unless there is a physical barrier, such as a median. Unfortunately, too many

Consumers Appreciate Latest Advanced Safety Systems

Consumer Reports recently published its Advanced Auto Safety Systems Survey, which closely examines owner experiences with a range of safety features. Over 57,000 Consumer Reports subscribers participated in the survey, which provided valuable feedback on certain safety technology that came equipped in approximately 66,000 vehicles with model years ranging from 2011 to 2017. The results

Monday, August 14, 2017

Volvo’s Accident Avoidance System

Car manufacturers around the world are continuing to make advances in technology that make cars safer than ever, and Volvo is no exception. For years, Volvo has had some of the highest safety ratings, thanks to the Swedish automaker’s commitment to providing innovative safety features that help drivers avoid potentially dangerous accidents. Recently, Volvo has

Mistakes to Avoid When Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim

No one goes to work expecting to become seriously injured while performing their regular job responsibilities. Yet, workplace injuries happen every day, often resulting in permanent disabilities or even fatalities. Workers’ Compensation benefits cover the costs of medical care, lost wages, disability benefits, and, in many cases, death benefits. Filing a Workers’ Compensation claim in

NIH’s Clinical Center: Patient Safety Concerns

The Clinical Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is recognized worldwide as a leader in biomedical research. Thousands of patients come to the Clinical Center each year hoping to benefit from the kind of life-saving medical breakthroughs that have made it the flagship hospital of the NIH. Recently, however, a report found

Improvements to Rear Guard Regulations Can Save Lives

Few wrecks are more destructive than truck accidents, simply because of the massive size and weight of the vehicle. While every truck accident has the potential to cause catastrophic damage and life-threatening injuries, rear underride accidents are particularly devastating for the occupants of the vehicle that hit the truck. Many of these crashes can be

Drivers Urged to Use Caution in Work Zones

Due to the warmer temperatures and longer days, construction crews often tend to complete road work during the summer months. Speed limits in work zones are typically 45 miles per hour, yet many drivers fail to obey these posted signs. Unfortunately, this can have devastating consequences when a worker is hit by driver who is

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Vibration Injuries

Workers who use vibrating hand tools repeatedly and frequently are at risk for developing vibration injuries such as hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). While not as dramatic as a sudden workplace accident, the results of a repetitive use or wear and tear injury can be just as debilitating. Over time, the use of jackhammers, drills, chainsaws,

New Distracted Driving Law Prohibits All Cell Phone Use

Many states have issued strict distracted driving laws in an effort to reduce the number of accidents that occur when people use their handheld devices while driving. One state has passed a new law that bans the use of any handheld devices at any time unless it is an emergency situation. For example, in the

Friday, August 11, 2017

Child Car Seat Safety Reports

Statistics prove that car seats save lives, but choosing the right car seat and making sure it is properly installed are vital to protecting your child. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that 35 percent of children aged 12 and under that were fatally injured in a car accident were not properly secured

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Route 113 Crash Causes Multiple Injuries for Seven Individuals

A car crash on Route 113 in Snow Hill, Maryland caused multiple personal injuries for seven individuals. On Wednesday afternoon, the crash occurred around 2 pm when an SUV driven by a woman from New Church, Virginia failed to stop at a red light, and struck a sedan while turning onto Route 113 from Route

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

IIHS Names Top Safety Picks

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently included three full-sized vehicles to its list of cars that have received high ratings for crash worthiness. The vehicles included were the Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan, the Lincoln Continental, and the Toyota Avalon. Missing from this list is the much-anticipated Tesla Model S, the Ford Taurus, and the

When General Practitioners Fail to Diagnose Heart Disease

New research published in The Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety reveals that close to 25 percent of patients with a misdiagnosis of heart attack or coronary artery disease had a history of cardiovascular disease. The research was conducted by CRICO Strategies and The Doctors Company. Unfortunately, failing to recognize the signs or

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Hillandale Car Crash Causes Fatality and Injures Another

A car crash between two cars in Hillandale, Maryland caused a fatality and personal injuries. On Tuesday morning, the accident occurred on Riggs Road, which led to one driver succumbing to his fatal injuries at the scene of the car crash. The other driver was taken to an area hospital after sustaining personal injuries. Car

Hillandale Car Crash Causes Fatality and Injured Another

A car crash between two cars in Hillandale, Maryland caused a fatality and personal injuries. On Tuesday morning, the accident occurred on Riggs Road, which led to one driver succumbing to his fatal injuries at the scene of the car crash. The other driver was taken to an area hospital after sustaining personal injuries. Car

Work Zone Accidents During Summer Months

Road construction is common during the summer months since the weather is more conducive to working outdoors. There are also more motorists on the roads from Memorial Day to Labor Day, as young drivers are out of school for the summer and it is peak time for people to take vacations and road trips. Unfortunately,

Monday, August 7, 2017

New Truck Safety Regulations

In an effort to improve truck safety and reduce the number of injuries and fatalities that occur on roads and highways across the country, the Trucking Alliance, a leading proponent of safety reforms in the freight transportation industry, is calling for industry-wide support of new truck safety regulations. The freight transportation carriers that are members

Friday, August 4, 2017

Long-term Impact of Workplace Injuries

When an employee suffers from an injury at work, in most cases, that employee is eligible for Workers’ Compensation through their employee. Workers’ Compensation benefits cover lost wages, medical bills, physical therapy, and other costs related to the injury. However, when the injury has long-term effects, they are not always recognized as linked to the

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Daytime Headlight Use Can Reduce Number of Wrecks

When daylight begins to fade or inclement weather affects visibility, headlights help us to see the road ahead. They also make the vehicle more visible to other cars on the road, helping to avoid potential accidents. Most drivers turn on their headlights during these times without even thinking about it. However, recent research suggests that

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Motorcyclist Fatally Injured After Fort Washington Crash

A motorcyclist sustained fatal injuries after he struck the back of a car on Wednesday morning. Around 12:30 am, the accident took place in Fort Washington, Maryland at the intersection of Indian Head Highway and Palmer Road. At the scene of the Fort Washington crash, the motorcyclist succumbed to his fatal injuries while the driver

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Brain Injuries Caused by Car Accidents

Car accidents can cause a wide range of injuries ranging from minor cuts and bruises to broken bones, neck and spine injuries, organ damage, and fatalities. Car accidents are also one of the leading causes of brain injuries. While it is quite clear when a victim has a broken bone or a severe laceration, a