Sleep Deprivation Responsible for Train Derailment Catastrophe

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In December 2013, a derailment on the Metro-North railroad line injured more than 60 passengers and killed four. The train was traveling at excessive speed as it attempted to make a tight curve on the rail line in the Bronx, New York. In a report released in October 2014 by the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board), it was determined that the probable cause of the accident was human error, or more succinctly, the result of undiagnosed sleep apnea. As the… more »

Putting Roads on a Diet to Help Pedestrian Safety

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Slimming four-way travel lanes down to three lanes is a diet every pedestrian and bicyclist can get behind. A road “diet” reconfiguration significantly increases pedestrian safety while adding beautiful landscape and wider sidewalks on many streets in the community. Redesigning the street can create bump outs to provide extra space, while significantly shortening the distance when a pedestrian crosses the street. According to DOT Federal Highway Administration, changing traditional four-lane roadway configurations to three lanes is a significant improvement to… more »

Illinois Bicycle Fatalities Continue to Rise

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Bicycling throughout the state of Illinois can be a joyful adventure. Riding along Lake Michigan, commuting to work in the Chicago Metropolitan area or enjoying the sweeping views and hills of Northeast Illinois countryside make living in this part of the country a glorious experience. Unfortunately, in recent years, the number of crashes involving bicycle fatalities and injuries in the state has significantly outpaced the growth of new bicycle riders throughout most communities in the state. The popularity of biking… more »

Identifying & Treating Stroke Patients with t-PA

Early detection of a stroke can greatly improve the chances of successful treatment while minimizing long term brain damage while the failure to notice early symptoms can contribute to severe brain damage and a poor prognosis, which may include death. Whenever a patient experiences a stroke unnoticed by nursing home staff, it can be considered a sign of negligence. Negligent nursing facilities should be held liable when their failure to act appropriately causes the severe injury or death of a… more »

Fractures Should Not Occur In Nursing Home Patients

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While it is true that accidents do happen, fractures should not be occurring in nursing homes. As the Baby Boomer generation grows older, more elderly patients require the care of a nursing facility but this rise in patients has been accompanied with a rise in incidents of negligence and abuse. It is simply unacceptable that we allow these facilities to take our loved ones for granted and to place profit over quality of care and the bottom line over patients’… more »

FDA Warns against Power Morcellation Use Due to Cancer Risk

Even with recent unexpected discoveries released in a study by Columbia University and the FDA, the government agency has still not outright banned the use of power morcellators. For nearly two decades, surgeons have used power morcellation devices to grind away dense fibroid tumors in myomectomy and hysterectomy procedures. While in the past, the medical device was considered relatively safe from spreading undetected cancer, recent studies indicate that the historical data is false. The FDA (Food & Drug Administration) has… more »

Monitoring PT/INR Levels in Coumadin Patients

Patients suffering from certain heart or circulatory problems are often prescribed with a medication called warfarin— Coumadin is the brand name associated with this drug. Coumadin helps prevent conditions such as blood clots, deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism by thinning the blood and making it more difficult to clot. There is a drawback to thinning the blood, however, and that is an elevated risk of bleeding which cannot be controlled. Due to this risk, patients on warfarin are required… more »

Chicago Bike Accident Summary: City May Not Be As Friendly As Perceived

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Even though the Windy City is considered a friendly place, Chicago’s recent crash analysis report suggests it certainly is not the safest for bicyclists. In recent years, the city has gone to great lengths to increase bicycle use along metropolitan roadways, including adding many more bikes and bike stations to Divvy, Chicago’s bike sharing system. However, in recent years, the city has also seen a significant rise in the number of commuters using bicycles, up 150 percent since the year… more »

Tips for Getting the Best Motorcycle Helmet for You

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Surviving an accident might likely depend on the type of helmet you use. Wearing the best motorcycle helmet that fits your head properly can reduce the chance of great injury or death in the event of an accident or spill. With the escalating costs of engine fuel, many individuals are buying a motorcycle as an effective and affordable way to commute to work and enjoy the countryside. However, maintaining safety on the roadway requires purchasing the best motorcycle helmet, which… more »

Important Takeaways for Chicago Pedestrian Accident Data

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From downtown out to the suburban neighborhoods, the design of the Chicago Metropolitan zones makes it conducive to pedestrian activity throughout the area. Walking to destinations tends to strengthen the local economy, provides accessibility to the workplace, and makes neighborhoods safer. However, Chicago’s recent pedestrian crash analysis report indicates that accidents involving pedestrians continues to be a significant problem in northeast Illinois. Fortunately, pedestrian-related crashes involving serious injury have decreased in recent years. However, this number still totals in the… more »