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Emergency room errors: Things you need to know

If you visit an emergency room for any reason, you expect to receive fast and efficient treatment that stabilizes your health and puts you on the road to recovery. However, despite your intentions, you never know if a medical professional could make an error that results in additional health concerns.

Here are some of the most common emergency room errors:

  • Misdiagnosis: This is something everyone must watch out for, as a misdiagnosis can result in a serious health setback or even death. For example, if you present with signs of a heart attack and are wrongfully diagnosed with indigestion, the end result could be fatal.
  • Ignoring important symptoms: Do your part in preventing this by sharing all of your symptoms with your medical team. Furthermore, don't downplay anything, as you want your doctor to know exactly what you're dealing with.
  • Medication errors: This encompasses many things, such as prescribing the wrong medication or giving too much or not enough. Before taking any medication, double check with your nurse to ensure that it's the right one.

Working in extreme heat is unsafe

With warmer weather here to stay for the foreseeable future, workers in Rhode Island must take extra caution when working outdoors. For example, if you work in the construction industry, you may find yourself in direct sunlight for a better portion of your day.

Heat stroke has the potential to cause serious injury, such as brain damage, as well as death. Here are some of the most common signs:

  • Dizziness
  • Throbbing headache
  • Shallow breathing
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Hot, dry skin
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Mental confusion and disorientation

Ladder accidents are common on construction sites

Construction workers use a variety of tools and equipment to get the job done in a timely and effective manner. Unfortunately, the majority of these tools and equipment can result in serious injury or death if an accident occurs.

Ladder accidents are extremely common, despite the fact that there are a variety of ways to avoid trouble. Here are seven top safety tips to follow:

  • Never use a damaged or defective ladder: The only way to know if a ladder is damaged or defective is to inspect it before use. Get into the habit of doing this before you take your first step.
  • Let others know you're using a ladder: When your coworkers know what you're doing, they're more likely to pay attention to your ladder placement and when you're ascending and descending.
  • Be careful when setting the ladder: Firm, level ground is an absolute must. Placing a ladder on a slope, for instance, increases the risk of tipping as you climb higher.
  • Don't place a ladder near heavy traffic: When possible, avoid placing your ladder in an area where there are a lot of people walking or vehicles driving. It only takes one bump to knock you to the ground.
  • Maintain three points of contact: Neglecting to do this increases the likelihood of losing your balance. Keep one hand and two feet or two hands and one foot on the ladder.
  • Don't carry a heavy load: Carrying a heavy load up or down a ladder makes it difficult to maintain your balance. A slight lean to either side could pull you off the ladder.
  • Don't use a ladder in bad weather: For example, rain is common during the spring months. Moisture on your ladder makes it difficult to maintain traction. Wearing the right shoes can help, but this is no guarantee of your safety.

Unsafe work conditions exist: Are you being cautious?

Regardless of your employer or industry, you may notice unsafe working conditions from time to time. This holds true even if your company and its workers are devoted to providing a safe environment for all.

By understanding the most common types of unsafe working conditions, you can exercise caution with the idea of preventing an accident.

Parents of teen killed in Tesla crash file a lawsuit

Last May, a deadly crash involving a Tesla occurred in Fort Lauderdale, FL. According to the Associated Press, an electric Model S collided with a wall and then burst into flames. Edgar Monserratt Martinez and the driver, Barett Riley, were both killed in the accident. Another young man was thrown from the car and survived.

Watchdog group releases list of unsafe toys this season

The holiday season is upon us again. It is a time for family get togethers, enjoying big meals together and, of course, holiday gift giving. Anyone with young children in their lives have no doubt already been inundated by holiday wish lists for all manner of toys.

The look on a young child’s face when the open a present is priceless, but so is their safety. World Against Toys Causing Harm (W.A.T.C.H.), a non-profit focused on keeping children safe from potentially dangerous toys, has released its annual list of the season’s “10 worst toys” from a child safety point of view.

Catastrophic accident caused by DWI driver in stolen dump truck

It is an unfortunate reality that drunk drivers cause a disproportionate number of the vehicle accidents in the United States. Their carelessness leads to over 10,000 deaths each year and tens of thousands of injuries. It is critical that drunk drivers be held responsible for the pain, emotional trauma and monetary damage they inflict on law abiding drivers and their families.

Such was the case early last month when a drunk driver caused a multi-car collision near the heart of Providence, when a drunk driver ran a red light and struck two other vehicles. The driver of one of the vehicles did not survive; the passenger of the same car was rushed to a local medical facility for serious injuries.

Defective medical devices: malfunction or malpractice?

The advanced medical devices of this day and age are essential for some people. Devices like pacemakers and metal hips can significantly reduce both pain and risk for many individuals.

It is extremely serious if these products defect or glitch. A malfunctioning medical device could put your life in danger and do even more damage than it was meant to fix. It is costly to correct these defects, both physically and financially.

Top four safety risks for construction workers

The hazards lurking around construction sites make them among the most dangerous places to work in the country. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 21 percent of workplace deaths in the United States are construction related--that's one in every five, making construction work the highest risk occupation for fatal injuries.

These construction site fatalities are easily preventable. Following OSHA recommended workplace safety measures would save 630+ lives every year.

Who pays for injuries after a hit-and-run accident?

In recent news, a 24-year-old woman struck and killed three children who were crossing the street at a bus stop in Indiana. A fourth child was also hit by the car and taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. All three children killed were siblings.

While the woman who struck the children has been charged with three accounts of homicide and one account of causing bodily injury, many families of victims injured in car accidents do not receive the same justice. When a family member is involved in a hit-and-run accident, it can be devastating. It can be even more devastating when a loved one is facing medical bills from a hit-and-run and is unsure how he or she is going to pay for them.

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