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Monthly Archives: March 2013

Nurse fatigue can lead to serious medical errors

Nurse fatigue can wreak havoc on patient safety in North Carolina and a new survey found that many nurses suffer from fatigue and have an increased risk of making a medical mistake. The survey found that two-thirds of nurses in U.S. hospitals reported that they almost made a fatigue-related error and one-fourth of nurses said that they had made an error because they were fatigued, according to a survey by Kronos Incorporated. Their survey found that in addition to the increased risk of medical errors by nurses, fatigue can also […]

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Seat belts can prevent car accident fatalities, serious injuries

Mar 20, 2013 by , Car Accidents

Car accidents can be very dangerous and have caused many fatalities in North Carolina last year. While some injuries and fatalities may have been difficult to prevent, many injuries and fatalities caused by car accidents can be prevented by seat belts. In North Carolina, many deaths caused by car accidents could have been prevented if drivers and passengers had worn their seat belts. The State Highway Patrol and public safety advocates say that seat belts are the best way to prevent serious and fatal injuries while driving. Despite the safety […]

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Americans use cellphones while driving more than other countries

Mar 15, 2013 by , Car Accidents

Distracted driving continues to be a threat on U.S. roads. Roughly 69 percent of Americans admitted to talking on their cellphone while driving during the last month, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. What’s worse is that new research has shown that distracted driving is a much bigger threat in the U.S. than in Europe. While the U.S. reported almost 70 percent of Americans use their cellphones, only 21 percent of drivers in Britain said they used their cellphones while driving. Drivers in Germany and France reportedly […]

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Technology may help prevent diagnostic errors

Patients can be significantly harmed if their doctor misses or delays diagnosis. Reports have shown that many patient deaths have been caused by missed or delayed diagnoses in the U.S. What can be done to prevent these fatal errors from happening? A new study found that electronic alerts can help prevent missed or delayed diagnoses, which will increase patient safety in hospitals and clinics. Scientists reported that diagnostic errors are pretty common in primary care and can put patients at a higher risk for developing serious complications if their medical […]

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North Carolina may repeal mandatory helmet law for motorcyclists

Motorcycle riders in North Carolina may soon have the option to choose whether or not to wear a helmet while riding. The proposed bill to get rid of the state’s mandatory helmet law was approved by the House Transportation Committee and will now go to the house judiciary panel. The bill would offer motorcycle riders the choice of riding without a helmet if they were age 21 or older and had their motorcycle license for at least a year. Riders would also be required to complete a motorcycle safety course […]

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