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Teen driver-involved crashes increase during "100 Deadliest Days"

If it makes you feel uneasy to be a passenger in a car driven by a teenager, you have good reason to feel anxious. Teenagers inherently lack the driving experience older motorists have, which can lead to problems on the roadway. Some of them also take risks behind the wheel that endanger themselves, you and everyone else.

Per AAA, the period of time that falls between Memorial Day and Labor Day each year is an especially risky time to travel roadways. This is largely due to the fact that teenage drivers are out of class for the summer. More teenage drivers means more teenage-driver-involved car crashes. There is such an uptick in the number of teenager-involved crashes, and teenage driver-involved road fatalities, that occur during this time that it has been deemed as summer's "100 Deadliest Days."

5 apps for workplace safety

No matter where you work, you face risks of injuries and illnesses. Every workplace, from an office to a construction site, contains certain hazards. This is why workplace safety is so essential for everyone to prioritize.

While your employer is mostly responsible for keeping you and your surroundings safe, you can take your own actions, too. One way to enhance your workplace safety is to download certain mobile apps. There are plenty of apps available full of preventative tips and informative details. Here are some you should consider downloading. 

Apps to help avoid a car crash

Pennsylvania has one of the highest car accident rates in the country. In 2017, an average of 351 car accidents occurred daily. Many of those occurred as a result of people texting while driving. 

Although practically everyone knows the dangers, a lot of drivers continue to look at their phones while behind the wheel. Looking down for even a few seconds can result in a traffic collision. If you find you cannot help yourself, then it may be prudent to download one of the following apps to be a safer driver. 

What is informed consent in a medical procedure?

Before someone undergoes a medical procedure, the medical professionals performing the procedure should let him or her know about the risks and benefits of the operation, as well as alternative treatments, if there are any. Receiving this information allows patients to make informed decisions about whether or not they want to take the risk. 

Informed consent is making that educated decision to undergo the treatment in spite of the risk of negative outcomes. 

3 workplace safety tips for the health care industry

The health care industry is massive. According to the CDC, there are over 18 million health care workers in the United States. If you work in health care, you provide a valuable service to the American people. Your job is to keep people healthy, safe and alive.

Sadly, your job sometimes puts you at risk of various illnesses, injuries and even death. There are a lot of health and safety hazards in the health care environment. Here are some guidelines for staying safe. 

What is MCARE in Pennsylvania?

If you sustained an injury because a Pennsylvania doctor or other health care provider acted negligently or irresponsibly, you can recover monetary damages from him or her and the facility for whom (s)he works. Medical malpractice lawsuits, however, are complicated and must proceed according to Pennsylvania law.

As FindLaw explains, Pennsylvania’s Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error Act contains a number of rules regarding the responsibilities of health care professionals and patient safety. It also sets out rules for injured plaintiffs and the lawsuits they file.

Birth injuries: recent news and common types

Bringing a little one into the world is, needless to say, one of life's most special moments. With this excitement can come a natural anxiety, especially when it comes to the delivery itself. Today's advanced technologies in medicine have made the birthing process safer, but injuries during delivery nevertheless occur. What can expecting Pennsylvania mothers and families learn to better prepare themselves for this thrilling but serious medical process?

One of the most infamous birth injuries, cerebral palsy can reveal itself long after an injury has happened. According to Cerebral Palsy News Today, there could be new signs that point to this type of birth injury, such as a large head circumference at birth. Using a study from Obstetrics and Gynecology International, the article goes on to share the correlation between large head size and white brain matter damage. Newborns with a head circumference greater than 90th centile were 10 times more likely to suffer from white matter damage. The study also showed that boys were more likely to show signs of brain damage than girls.

Even doctors missing heart attack signs

Many Pennsylvania residents might think they know what the common signs of a heart attack are. However, a new study that was conducted by the Yale School of Public Health and published earlier this year indicates that not only do many people miss some of these signs but many physicians also miss these signs. That may lead to many heart attacks not being diagnosed which opens the door to many other problems for patients.

As explained by Healthline, women in particular may experience symptoms other than pain in the chest when having a heart attack. It is these symptoms that are most commonly overlooked by doctors. Some of these symptoms include indigestion similar to typical gas pains, acid reflux, nausea or other stomach pain, shortness of breath and even light headedness. Instead of pain in the chest, a woman may end up having chest palpitations when having a heart attack.

Common birth injuries and the repercussions

Bringing a little one into the family can be an exciting time, but also an overwhelming one. With all of the nursery planning, new scheduling and financial arrangements, doctor visits should be the last worry on the list. However, some Pennsylvania mothers discover that a doctor visit does not go as planned; others even experience trauma during delivery. When a birth injury occurs and a surgeon may be at fault, families may decide to place matters into legal hands.

As Public Opinion reported last April, one Pennsylvania family faced the horror of a birth injury after a doctor allegedly used too much pressure to deliver the baby. As a result, the now-five-year-old will spend the rest of his life with disabilities -- both mental and physical. The child's family received $42 million in a malpractice lawsuit. Public Opinion shared that all had been going well in the delivery until the mother pushed once, which resulted in the doctor using forceps. The doctor continued to use forceps multiple times, causing marks on the baby's face that had begun to show signs of intracranial bleeding. While no amount of money can repair such damage, Opinion noted that this case was the largest medical malpractice case in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Poor hygiene among providers puts patients at risk

People in Pennsylvania who are concerned about their risk of experiencing a medical error may focus primarily on things like having a diagnosis be missed or incorrect or perhaps having an object left inside of them after a surgery. Certainly these are serious problems that deserve attention but they are far from the only dangers posed to patients today.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that as many as one in every 25 hospitalized patients will contract an infection unrelated to the reason for their hospitalization. Many of these infections are believed able to be prevented if workers in hospitals improved their hand hygiene. It is equally important for patients to know that they may and even should discuss this issue with their doctors, nurses and other providers to request that they wash hands before toughing them.

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