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Avoiding pharmacy errors

One-third of adults in the United States take five or more medications. The definition of adverse drug events includes any harms a patient experiences as a result of taking medication. Although ADEs account for only about 100,000 hospitalizations each year, they are still one of the most common inpatient errors, affecting about 5 percent of patients in hospitals. According to the Patient Safety Network, not every ADE is an error, nor does it indicate poor quality of care. However, when there is an actual error, it is generally preventable. 

Medication errors typically occur at different steps along the pathway from prescription to the administration of the medication. From the time the doctor orders it through the dispensation by the pharmacist and the time the patient receives the medication, errors can occur. The majority of errors occur at the prescribing stages, and hospitals and pharmacies have a lot of safety protocols in place to prevent errors.

Obey 'move over' laws to avoid accidents

Do you know what South Carolina's "Move Over" law is and how to follow it?

If you don't, you're hardly alone. A Move Over law requires drivers who happen across emergency vehicles on their side of the road to make safety adjustments to their driving. However, many drivers are unaware that such laws exist and continue to put emergency workers and others in significant danger.

Why should you worry about Lyme disease?

Spring is here -- and that means spring flowers, spring showers and the sudden arrival of insects back on the scene, including the tiny tick.

Ticks are known for spreading Lyme disease, a particularly debilitating bacterial infection that causes human beings diverse health problems, ranging from a bullseye rash and flu-like symptoms to chronic pain and paralysis. If treated with a heavy course of antibiotics early on, it can be cured and the victim is left with no lingering issues. If it isn't, the disease can turn chronic and the patient can really struggle to gain back lost ground.

How much would it cost to add good safety tech to your car? $500.

The National Transportation Safety Board has urged automakers to make forward collision avoidance system -- automatic braking when an upcoming object is detected -- standard on all vehicles sold in the United States. Last year, the safety agency released a 60-page report arguing that manufacturers should have to shoulder the cost, too.

"You don't pay extra for your seat belt," said then-chairman Christopher Hart, "and you shouldn't have to pay extra for technology that can help prevent a collision altogether." Currently, these and other important safety features are optional, or are standard only on high-end vehicles.

South Carolina's drivers are statistically dangerous

South Carolina doesn't officially have the nation's worst drivers -- Louisiana and Texas tie for that honor. Instead, South Carolina drivers come in third.

In fact, South Carolina drivers have ranked among the worst in the nation four out the five years that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been keeping track. The statistics are compiled based on numerous factors, including careless driving, speeding and roadway fatalities.

Party planners should beware of underage guests and alcohol

Spring break is a good time to get together with your friends, especially if you've all scattered to different colleges since high school.

For a lot of people, that means having alcohol on hand to serve to guests -- but all of you party planners out there need to be cautious about serving any friends who are still under the legal drinking age. Not only is it illegal, it could make you responsible for any accident they have while driving home How is that possible?

Patient dies after doctor consults Youtube for surgical advice

Just about everyone looks up how to do things on the internet these days -- and YouTube can be a big help if you're trying to figure out how to install a garbage disposal or get a pair of false eyelashes in place.

However, you probably ought to consider other options -- like asking a fellow physician for assistance -- before you try to copy a dangerous medical procedure that you've only seen done on YouTube.

Common injuries after trucking accidents

If you are one of the thousands of people injured in trucking accidents each year, you might be shaken and worried. Due to the sheer weight and force of commercial trucks, these accidents are likely to cause serious injuries and even death. Here is a brief overview of common injuries following big-rig collisions so you can understand your situation better.

Brain injuries

Driverless trucks are already on the horizon

Is the United States ready for driverless big rig trucks?

In case you're wondering just how far off driverless trucks might be -- they're already here. The first self-driving truck hit the road on May 6, 2015, in Nevada, although the testing phase is expected to continue for a decade and a million miles before the technology is adopted nationwide.

Apology laws may alert patients that something was wrong

A new study from Vanderbuilt University uncovers something interesting—although it might take a medical malpractice attorney to appreciate the real significance.

Apology laws, which exist in more than 30 states, allow a physician to apologize to a patient or the patient's family when something goes wrong without the apology being admissible in court.

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