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What patients can do to prevent medical errors

Medical errors are among the top causes of injuries and death in the nation -- which makes it important to your health and safety to know what you can do to prevent them.

Remember: Patients aren't powerless! Here are some tips every patient can use to prevent medical errors:

5 diseases caused by asbestos

Asbestos fibers are hazardous materials. When the fibers separate, they become tiny pieces that can easily enter your lungs when you breathe. If you inhale asbestos fibers, you may develop harmful diseases, or the fibers may get stuck in your lungs and cause irritation. Here are some of the adverse effects this may cause:

1. Mesothelioma

How can you prevent a pharmacy error?

You may trust your pharmacist, but it's a mistake to assume that he or she is infallible. Despite all the precautions that are taken, pharmacy errors happen every day, and some of them can be lethal. Even if a medication error isn't fatal, it can make you very sick.

What can you do to help prevent pharmacy errors with your medication? There are some important steps that you can take that can help you reduce your risk of a pharmacy error.

Is the trucker shortage leading to unqualified drivers?

The trucking industry has a big problem right now. There are a lot more trucking jobs available than there are drivers, and the situation is only getting worse.

How bad is the national truck driver shortage? Industry analysts say that only one truck is available per dozen loads that need to be shipped. Things may get even worse around the holidays this year. It's estimated that around 900,000 more truckers are needed on the road.

What kinds of errors occur when administering anesthesia?

The development and evolution of anesthesia has made it possible for people to undergo life-saving medical treatments. Before this breakthrough, many patients suffered extreme shock during surgical procedures, which affected the rate of survival. Even with the modern advancements in anesthetic agents, it takes training, practice and skill to administer these drugs in a safe and effective manner.

As in most medical procedures, errors that can be categorized as medical malpractice may occur during anesthesia administration. Examples of common anesthesia errors include the following.

What should you do before meeting with a truck accident lawyer?

Injury attorneys have the skill and the training to gather evidence necessary for a trucking accident claim. They have accumulated a great deal of knowledge to help accident victims recover the damages needed to go on with their lives as whole as possible. However, there are steps you as a victim can take to strengthen your own case.

Many victims find that playing at least a small active role in any legal solution they pursue empowers them to take control of their situation. In most cases, this is a vast improvement over the helpless feelings that often accompany trucking accidents. With this goal of empowerment in mind, here are five things Tennessee accident victims can do before meeting with an accident lawyer.

  1. Gather all of the information you can access about the truck driver and the trucking company that employs the driver. Examples include the name of the company, the truck driver's name and his or her driver's license number.
  2. Collect all of the medical records that pertain to the trucking accident and your injuries. This includes emergency room records, physician reports and information about your current medical condition.
  3. Gather information about the truck accident such as how it happened, the names of any witnesses and official police reports.
  4. Make sure you bring your relevant financial and personal information when you make initial attorney contact. Examples include your employment records, proof of missed work (because of the accident and your injuries) and your insurance documents.
  5. Collect information about your vehicle such as any damage caused by the accident, estimates of repairs and photos of your car before and after the trucking accident.

Some crayons are believed to contain asbestos

Protecting their children from illness and injury is a parent's top priority. This causes parents to worry about everything from playground injuries to an outbreak of influenza. It turns out that parents may also need to add crayons to the list of safety issues for their children.

According to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG), some crayons made by Playskool contain asbestos in toxic amounts. The group tested more than 35 packages of crayons bought at a Chicago-based Dollar Tree store. Because Kingsport is home to several Dollar Tree stores, residents may wonder if the allegedly asbestos-tainted crayons may have harmed their children.

3 causes of defective medical devices

The field of medicine has made incredible advancements in this age of technology. Things that were once impossible are now standard procedure, and things that were once dangerous carry much less risk.

However, technology is not foolproof; it can malfunction like anything else or come with hidden side effects that outweigh its benefits. This is often true in medical care, which saw a two-fold increase in recalls from 2003 to 2012, shares AARP. How do medical devices become defective?

Information about the valsartan blood pressure drug recall

You may have heard by now that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced the voluntary recall of defective drugs containing an active ingredient called valsartan. These medicines were recalled because some of the drugs contain – or may contain – N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA), which could pose a cancer risk to patients.

Medications that control high blood pressure are extremely important to the health and life of patients. As such, it is important for hypertension patients in Tennessee to understand what the recall means. Physicians and the FDA want people to know that the drug itself is not faulty. NDMA contamination during manufacturing is what makes these products defective. Patients taking drugs containing valsartan should not stop unless a doctor tells them to do so and provides them with a replacement drug.

Experts recommend creating a program to reduce trucking accidents

Everyone who uses Tennessee roads and highways is at risk of experiencing a car or truck accident and suffering severe injuries. Private motorists understand this more than ever before and so do truckers. No one wants to have an accident, and this includes those who operate large commercial vehicles for a living.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) advocates safety in all occupations, including the trucking industry. Its expert point of view on work and safety makes the administration's recommendations trustworthy. As such, it may be wise for trucking companies to create a safety program using the OSHA-recommended steps in the following section. This can prevent negligence in the transportation industry while keeping private citizens and truckers safer.

  • Policy: Create a written policy that conveys traffic safety procedures in clear, easy-to-understand language.
  • Commitment: Ensure that management personnel are committed to safety and are able to provide resources and leadership while actively encouraging staff involvement.
  • Agreement: Create a driver agreement for truckers to sign indicating that they understand policy and procedure related to traffic safety.
  • Reporting: Make a mandatory policy stating that truckers need to report all trucking accidents, even minor ones, to the management team.
  • Inspections: Conduct routine inspections of all trucks and equipment to ensure that vehicles receive proper maintenance and repair.
  • Discipline: Create policy governing the way management addresses trucker safety violations.
  • Training: Provide regular training sessions and make it mandatory for all drivers to attend, even those with many years of trucking experience.
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