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January 2014 Archives

New York mayor aims to reduce traffic fatalities

New York’s mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced that a central focus of his new administration will be reducing motor vehicle accident fatalities within New York City. The mayor even went so far as to indicate that his goal is to reduce the number of individuals killed in New York motor vehicle accidents literally down to zero. The fact that the mayor wishes to focus on traffic fatality rates in NYC is very welcome. However, the idea that his administration would aim to bring deaths down to zero is almost certainly unrealistic and arguably boastful to a fault. Therefore, critics are unsure how serious Mr. de Blasio truly is about changing New York’s crosswalk culture and approach to road safety generally.

Efforts aim to address safety issues caused by alarm fatigue

If you have ever spent significant time in a hospital room, you are likely quite familiar with how noisy these spaces can get. Even though hospital rooms are supposed to be locations of rest and healing, the constant beeping, squawking and ringing of alarms renders most of these rooms anything but peaceful.

Do gym waivers prevent you from suing for negligence?

You may have joined a gym as part of your New Year’s resolution either this year or in years past. Or perhaps you joined a gym at another time of year that inspired you to get fit. When you joined a gym, the facility almost certainly had you sign a waiver of liability. You may or may not have scrutinized this form. But if you wanted to join the gym, you likely had no choice but to sign it as it was presented to you.

Transparent error-related data is critical for patient safety

As many readers may already be aware, a startling report on the state of preventable medical errors was published this past year in the Journal of Patient Safety. According to this study, preventable errors and instances of medical malpractice likely account for roughly 440,000 American fatalities annually. This statistic illuminates preventable medical errors as the third most common cause of death in the U.S. In addition to the fatality-related statistic, the report suggests that roughly 10 to 20 times the number of patients who die from these mistakes each year suffer serious harmed as a result of non-lethal hospital-related errors.

Please read before taking down your holiday decorations

The winter holiday season has now come and gone. And unless you plan on leaving up neutral colored lights for the rest of the winter, chances are that you have either begun taking down your holiday decorations or are planning on doing so in the near future. It is important that you take time to ensure that you are not storing away any dangerous, recalled or defective products as you sort through your holiday decorations.

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