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Monthly Archives: December 2012

Surgical errors: leaving sponges and other objects behind

Why do surgical teams so often leave sponges and other objects behind after an operation? There is no doubt that it happens a lot. According to a recent study, items such as sponges are left behind in patients an average of 39 times per week nationally. That adds up to about 2000 times a year. The study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine was based on an analysis of judgments and settlements in medical malpractice cases. According to national quality standards, “unintended retention” of a sponge […]

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No brainer: better designed dummies could improve crash tests

Dec 20, 2012 by , Car Accidents

About 35,000 people are killed in motor vehicle accidents every year in the U.S. Why is the death toll so high when better technology should lead to safety improvements? Part of the problem, of course, in North Carolina and across the country, is distracted driving. Too many people – not just teens – try to text and drive or are otherwise preoccupied by electronic devices. Another reason, however, is a flaw in the testing process for new vehicles. Such tests tend to give skewed results, new research suggests, because the […]

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Military members and North Carolina motorcycle accidents

It takes a village, the saying goes, to raise a child. The same true of preventing motorcycle accidents. Improved safety requires much more efforts by the individual rider. Motorists, motorcycle makers, and safety agencies must also be involved. A recent North Carolina motorcycle accident showed how much work to be done. A 22-year-year-old off-duty Marine hit a traffic island while riding his motorcycle in Wilmington. He was thrown from the cycle and killed. This was not an isolated incident. Many other members of the U.S. Armed Forces have died in […]

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Teens text while driving more than their parents know

Dec 5, 2012 by , Car Accidents

Even before texting came along, learning to drive safety wasn’t easy for teens. It’s a big responsibility, being charge of a vehicle that can kill or seriously injure others in a collision. But the temptation for teens to text behind the wheel has only made things harder. Despite many terrible distracted driving accidents in North Carolina and the country, and numerous state prohibitions, both teens and adults continue to text while driving. Recent survey data shows that teens are doing this even more than was previously thought. The study was […]

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