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April 2019 Archives

Electronic records could lead to pediatric dangers

When people take their children to the doctor or the hospital in Kentucky, they may be worried about their kids' health or even the treatment they will receive. Most parents do not pay much attention to how their children's medical records are kept. However, some of the complications associated with electronic health records, or EHRs, can lead to significant problems and dangers for pediatric patients in particular. Many physicians and other medical staff are relatively new to the use of EHRs, and the software can be clunky and inefficient. As a result, doctors often complain that their own effectiveness is driven down by some of the complications of the software.

Survey looks into distracted driving habits

Distracted driving is a significant concern to those who took a survey conducted by Root Insurance. Of those who responded to the survey, 47 percent said that it was their top concern. In many cases, distracted driving is caused by smartphone use, and this occurs on roads in Kentucky and throughout the country. For many drivers, using a phone while their vehicle is moving is something that they do without thinking about it.

Who are the most dangerous drivers in Kentucky?

If you have several licensed drivers in your Kentucky household, you might engage in jovial debate from time to time regarding who has the best skills. If so, you'll likely find that each family member has a different opinion on the matter. Especially if you have both males and females in your home, you may notice a bit of a battle between the sexes regarding who is the best driver overall.

Medical malpractice: Surgical errors that are preventable

If your doctor schedules you for surgery, it's understandable that you might feel a bit anxious or worried about the upcoming procedure. While many surgeries are elective, meaning you have them by choice, others may be needed to counteract life-threatening situations. Regardless of the specific details of your current health condition, you have a right to reasonably expect that your surgeon and attending medical staff will provide care according to the highest level of accepted safety standards and state laws.

Truck crashes can be linked to fatigue

Truck drivers in Kentucky often drive for long hours over dark and monotonous stretches of highway. While operator fatigue may seem to be a natural result of the job, it can also be a cause of severe and even deadly trucking crashes. Fatigued truckers are responsible for massive semi-trucks with substantial size, weight and volume. These big rigs can cause a lot of damage when accidents happen. While trucking is critical to many industries, experts continue to raise concerns that the schedules maintained by the industry may not be sufficiently limited to protect safety.

Researchers look into ways to curb distracted driving

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), there are nine deaths and 100 injuries per day on Kentucky roads and others caused by distracted driving. Distracted driving can occur when a person is focused on a cellphone or a touchscreen in the vehicle itself. In an effort to combat the problem, April has been named Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Groups such as the Risk Institute at Ohio State are trying to use this time to create solutions to the issue of distracted driving.

Pickup passengers at higher risk than drivers for injury or death

Kentucky residents who own a pickup truck should know that some newer models reveal a discrepancy between driver-side safety and passenger-side safety. This is the conclusion that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has reached after a round of crash tests involving 11 modern two-row pickup trucks. The passengers are at a greater risk for injury or death than the drivers.

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