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December 2017 Archives

Common causes of car crashes

There are roughly 6 million car accidents in the United States each year. In 2015, there was an 8 percent increase in the number of crash fatalities, and there were roughly 40,000 crash fatalities in 2016. However, it may be possible for Illinois residents and others to learn how to avoid being the victim of such an event. It is important to recognize that anyone can get into an accident regardless of his or her perceived skill level behind the wheel.

Durotomy and medical malpractice

Durotomy refers to small tears made in the spine's outer membrane, or dura mater. It is sometimes an inevitable result of surgery, though it does not lead to long-term problems if caught and treated in time. When the dural tears are not caught in time or reopen after the second surgery, it can lead to a medical malpractice suit. Illinois patients might want to know about a study analyzing the factors that tip the scales in such lawsuits.

Long commutes by truck drivers to be studied by FMCSA

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, excessive commuting is any work commute in excess of 150 minutes. The FMCSA is gathering information regarding the commutes of commercial motor vehicle drivers in Illinois and other states in an effort to meet the requirements of Section 5515 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act. Section 5515 requires a study of the effects of excessive commuting by motor carriers.

Hospital medication errors

Illinois emergency room patients might be less susceptible to medication errors when a pharmacy professional gets a drug history from them. A study by Cedars-Sinai found that there was more than an 80 percent drop in mistakes compared to when nurses or doctors took the history. The study examined more than 300 patients who were taking at least 10 drugs and had a history of at least one serious condition.

Study links Pokémon Go to traffic accidents

With the rise in smartphone usage, distracted driving is increasingly becoming a problem among drivers in Illinois and across the United States. "Pokémon Go," the smartphone-based game that launched in July 2016 and became a worldwide phenomenon, has also contributed to the increase in distracted driving accidents, according to a recent study.