Have you ever been driving down the road and noticed a driver in front of you exhibiting erratic behavior? Perhaps he or she was serving, drifting from lane to lane or moving at erratic speeds. You may think this means the driver is either distracted or drunk, but it is possible this behavior could indicate drowsy driving.
Two separate reports from medical malpractice insurers have found that misdiagnosis is the number one reason for claims against physicians. Kentucky residents may be interested to hear that diagnostic errors are, according to the National Academy of Medicine, possibly the third leading cause of death among hospitalized patients. Previous studies also show that misdiagnosis-related claims usually involve disability or death.
Kentucky drivers can become inattentive to the road if they use their phones, adjust the radio and even talk with passengers. In the five seconds that it takes to read the average text message, drivers going 55 mph will travel the length of a football field.
Violence against health care workers is becoming widespread in Kentucky and throughout the U.S. Between 2002 and 2013, incidents of serious workplace violence were four times more common in the health care sector than in the private sector, according to OSHA (by serious, OSHA means incidents that result in at least one day off). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that in 2017, the rate of intentional injuries among health care employees was 9.1 per 10,000 workers, whereas the rate in private industries was 1.9 per 10,000 workers.
At the 2019 Cataract Surgery: Telling It Like It Is meeting was an international guest of honor, a doctor from Moorfields Eye Hospital in London. According to him, up to 45 percent of adverse medical events involve surgery patients, and anywhere from 35 to 66 percent of these surgery-related events take place in the operating room. Kentucky residents should know that surgeons, in order to avoid such events, require not only technical skills but also certain non-technical skills.
Whenever you share the busy Kentucky roads with big rigs, you risk the lives of yourself and your passengers. The sheer size of semis, tractor trailers and 18-wheelers, combined with highway speeds, limit the chances of those in much smaller passenger vehicles to escape unscathed in the event of a collision. Many commercial vehicle operators do not realize how many lives they threaten by making even minor errors while driving.