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June 2012 Archives

Serious Deficiencies in Hospital Infection Reporting Procedures

The risk of infection after a surgery is well known. A high rate of infection is often a sign that a facility is not maintaining appropriate medical safety practices. Nationwide, infections that resulted from a surgical procedure cause more than 8,000 deaths per year. The healthcare system incurs roughly $10 billion in expenses stemming from these infections. Despite the widespread, pervasive nature of the problem, hospitals have almost total discretion in how they report such infections. Many hospitals can simply choose to obscure the data, leaving patients with no ability to determine the risks involved with choosing to have a surgery at a given facility. A new study has reviewed the current state of affairs regarding national reporting of hospital infections.

Backup Cameras, Car Accidents and New Car Designs

Due to trends in styling and the need to make vehicles more aerodynamic to meet fuel standards, many new vehicles are sacrificing rear visibility. The blind spots behind vehicles are an important issue as roughly 50 children are killed per week in backup accidents. Taller, longer vehicles tend to have larger blind spots, but even small cars are now suffering from blind spots that can extend 40 feet behind the vehicle. Rear-view cameras nearly eliminate blind spots, but they are often an expensive option even in the few models that do offer them.

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