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January 2019 Archives

Driving distracted can put others at risk

Despite widespread attention paid to the dangers of distracted driving, one study indicates that it continues to be a significant threat on Kentucky roads. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released a report comparing results of surveys in 2014 and 2018 that questioned drivers about their distracted behaviors behind the wheel. While overall rates of distracted driving remained relatively stable between the two years, more dangerous forms of distraction became increasingly common in that time period.

Fetal distress: Your doctor must be prepared to diagnose and act

Unless you have an educational and/or professional background in the field of obstetrics and gynecology, you may have little to no understanding of how to recognize signs of fetal distress during pregnancy, labor and delivery. This is why most mothers depend greatly on their doctors to monitor their conditions and to not only recognize signs of trouble but to be ready to take swift action as needed, to keep them and their babies safe.

Beware of reckless drivers on Kentucky highways

Like most good drivers in Kentucky, you do your best to adhere to traffic regulations, to keep up with maintenance on your car and to make responsible choices regarding issues, such as alcohol consumption before operating a motor vehicle. The problem is that you have no way of knowing if drivers who share your roadways are doing the same.

Study may help decrease brain injury deaths

A new research project out of the Department of Computer Science at the Discovery Analytics Center plans to use machine learning techniques to find ways that may reduce deaths from traumatic brain injuries. The four-year study will use computational models to predict both short- and long-term prognoses and even offer specific treatment options for certain patients. Traumatic brain injury is one of the biggest causes of death for people aged 44 and under in Kentucky and the rest of the U.S.

Uber and Lyft try to combat tired driving

Tired drivers could be a safety hazard for those who use ride-sharing services like Lyft or Uber. They can also be a danger to others on Kentucky roads. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, there are 328,000 crashes each year that are caused by drowsy drivers. Of those crashes, 109,000 cause injury while 6,400 result in someone dying. There are several reasons why Uber or Lyft drivers operate while drowsy.

Study shows many medication errors related to EHR use

Electronic health records are tied to numerous cases of medication errors, especially in the field of pediatric medicine. This is the conclusion of a study recently published in Health Affairs. Kentucky readers may be interested to learn that researchers analyzed 9,000 patient safety reports filed with three health care institutions from 2012 to 2017, and they found that more than half of the errors recorded involved both EHR and medication errors.

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