A new report published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology focuses on the benefits of electronic triggers designed to spot certain “cancer flags” or risk factors for cancer noted in patient data. These triggers, guided by algorithms within an electronic health records system, are able to alert healthcare providers of potentially problematic issues which might cause delays in follow-ups with potentially at-risk patients. Read the rest »
Recent findings published in the International Journal of Nursing Studies show that registered nurses (RNs) who have recently entered the workforce have a significantly higher risk of workplace injury during the overnight and overtime shifts. Read the rest »
We’ve all looked up medical information on the internet. Whatever the symptoms, people often take to their computer and begin what is often a futile and possibly dangerous attempt at diagnosing conditions from which they, friends or family members suffer. In many cases, the information gathered is entirely off point, inaccurate or misunderstood by the web surfer; and may precipitate unnecessary action or dangerous inaction on the part of the patient. A new study published in the British Medical Journal stated that self-diagnosis via the internet can be at best a waste of time and money, and at worst may endanger lives. Read the rest »
For decades, women have proudly served our country in the armed services, and/or have taken on the difficult role as a soldier’s spouse. As either active members of the military, or married to a spouse in the military, these women often rely upon the armed services to provide healthcare, including the management of pregnancy, labor and delivery. Unfortunately, the referenced healthcare provided by the military, as with any medical services provided to the general public outside of the military community, may sometimes be deficient, and may cause injuries to patients. Read the rest »
Anyone who has spent even an hour working in the backyard, a garage or an attic during a New Jersey summer knows exactly how hot it can get. Now imagine if your job requires you to stand in the blazing sun all day holding a sign, nailing down shingles or moving heavy objects. Anyone who works outdoors should be prepared for the extremes of weather, including the heat of spring and summer; especially if the job involves anything that puts you in direct sunlight and/or requires physical exertion. It should also be kept in mind that heavy clothing or safety gear may exacerbate the heat and humidity issues. Fortunately, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has an easy to follow, three-point system to help people who work in extremely hot environments avoid heat stroke or heat related illnesses. Read the rest »
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has reportedly placed DuPont Co., a centuries old chemical manufacturer, in their five-year “Severe Violator Enforcement Program”. Philly.com, reported that the Wilmington, Delaware based Company was cited and placed within the referenced program due to what OSHA described as a “demonstrated indifference towards creating a safe and healthy workplace by committing willful or repeated violations, and/or failing to abate known hazards.”
Emergency medical workers were called just before 9:30 a.m. on July 14, 2015, to a garage in Blackwood, New Jersey, after a 29 year-old automobile mechanic became trapped beneath a vehicle he was repairing. Initially reported on NJ.com, the Lumberton, New Jersey man was performing repair work at Rossco’s Collision Auto Body Repair Shop, when the recreational vehicle he was working under fell on top of him. Fellow mechanics were able to pull the injured man out from under the vehicle before paramedics arrived on the scene. Once stabilized, the man was transported to Cooper University Hospital’s trauma center where he underwent emergency medical treatment. As of the evening of July 14, 2015, the man was still listed in critical condition.
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An 18-year-old high school senior recently suffered serious third-degree burns to her hands, arms and face in a work-related accident at a local bagel shop. The teen was working at the Mountain Lakes Bagel shop, in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, during her part-time shift, when a can of cooking spray exploded.
The can of pressurized vegetable oil had fallen to the floor and rolled under a grill, where the heat caused it to explode, resulting in a small fire, burning the employee. Staff members at the bagel shop were able to extinguish the fire and contact emergency responders. The injured teen was taken to St. Barnabas Medical Center’s Burn Unit in Livingston, New Jersey. Another worker sustained minor burns from the fire, and others suffered minor bruises and bumps during evacuation of the premises. Read the rest »
While the majority of medical professionals do their best to save lives and heal the afflicted, many healthcare providers unfortunately render care with preventable shortcomings. Such deficiencies in the afforded medical treatment are often in violation of the standards of care accepted within the medical community. As a result of this medical negligence, a considerable number of preventable injuries and fatalities occur every year.
What Are the Statistics Concerning Medical Malpractice?
A major study consolidating the data from roughly 15 medical journal articles analyzing medical malpractice throughout the U.S. revealed the following alarming statistics:
- Nearly 160,000 deaths per year are caused by diagnostic errors.
- One in three hospital patients experience preventable hospital errors in their treatment.
- Prescription errors (in excess of 1 Million per year) cause about 7,000 patient deaths per year.
- Approximately 80,000 patients die annually due to hospital negligence. Read the rest »
Despite overwhelming knowledge of the many hazards and potential hazards that a worker may come in contact with in the construction industry, construction sites are often poorly maintained, inadequately supervised, and ongoing dangerous conditions remain unaddressed. In an environment and with business practices which favor accomplishing construction projects as quickly as possible, workers and employers (in violation of required standards) may forgo safety for the sake of getting a project done in a more timely albeit dangerous fashion.
Guardrails may be too quickly installed, erection of scaffolding may be rushed, and heavy machinery could be operated endangering or otherwise in conflict with other workers at the site. It is not surprising that one of every five work-related deaths in the U.S. occurs at a construction site (as reported by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration; OSHA).
In 2013 alone, more than half of on-the-job deaths were attributed to just four types of construction accidents. According to OSHA, if these four dangers were properly addressed, nearly 500 workers’ lives would be saved each year and countless other injuries would be averted. These hazards/dangers are known as the “Fatal Four:” Read the rest »