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Study shows pre-surgery education affects outcome

Patients undergoing surgery in New York hospitals may have better outcomes if they are given pre-surgery education, according to a Gallup analysis. After surveying thousands of patients who had undergone medical device implantations, Gallup researchers found that the patients who were educated about what to expect after surgery were more likely to experience positive outcomes.

Researchers asked patients to report whether or not they knew what to expect after surgery, felt prepared for their post-surgery experience and followed post-surgery instructions. The patients were told to rate these three areas from one to five. Patients who gave a rating of five to at least one of the areas had fewer post-surgery problems and were more satisfied with the outcomes of their procedures. Patients who gave a five rating to more than one area had even greater satisfaction with the results.

Pedestrian accident facts

Every year, thousands of pedestrians are injured and killed while walking along New York streets. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, traffic accidents in the United States resulted in 4,743 pedestrian deaths in 2012. There were also approximately 76,000 pedestrians injured in traffic accidents during that same year.

Adults who are over the age of 65 are particularly at risk for being injured or killed in a pedestrian accident. The CDC estimates that older adults account for 20 percent of all pedestrian deaths as well as 9 percent of all pedestrian injuries. Statistics from 2012 showed that children are also at a high risk of being killed in pedestrian accidents. A majority of fatal pedestrian accidents take place at night while people are walking in urban areas. Almost half of all fatal pedestrian accidents that occurred in 2012 involved a driver or a pedestrian who had been drinking.

Driving on these days can be deadly, report says

Recent findings show that particular days of the year are especially hazardous for people traveling on New York roadways. Across the nation, aggressive drivers, road congestion and intoxicated motorists can potentially put others on the road in jeopardy.

Around the Christmas season and during NFL game days, studies reveal that there is a sharp increase in the amount of aggressive drivers on the roadways. It has been found that on NFL game days in many cities that have teams, accidents sharply increase in the vicinity of the stadium, even more so when the home team loses.

Brief distractions can be dangerous for drivers

Most New York motorists know that distracted driving claims the lives of thousands of road users every year, but they may be surprised to learn how even the most minor of distractions can make an accident more likely. Researchers from Liberty Mutual investigated how brief glances away from the road ahead, such as those taken when looking at a navigation screen or a cellphone, impacted road safety, and they discovered that glancing away from the road for as little as two seconds could increase the chances of a crash.

The researchers used eye tracking equipment to gauge the reactions of experienced drivers in a simulator, and they found that they required several moments to readjust to the task of driving after even the briefest of distractions. The researchers said that drivers who looked away from the road as a dangerous situation was developing were at the greatest risk of being involved in an auto accident.

Using technology to combat culture of silence in hospitals

Each year, many New York patients are seriously injured due to medical negligence by doctors and other medical staff. In most cases, these injuries would have easily been prevented if other staff who noticed a doctor's consistent errors reported it or confronted the doctor directly. Unfortunately, there is a documented culture of silence that often exists in hospital settings, leading many to refrain from reporting and increasing the risk to patients as a result.

In a 2005 study, VitalSmarts and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses surveyed 1,700 doctors, nurses and other clinical care staff. While more than half reported having observed another doctor or staff committing medical errors, only 10 percent actually reported those errors or confronted the doctor directly. This is alarming, as nearly 200,000 people are seriously injured across the country each year due to medical errors that could be prevented.

Woman killed in Route 22 head-on collision

According to the New York State Police, a Carmel woman was killed in a two-car crash on Route 22 on April 29. The accident occurred around 3:55 p.m. just north of State Route 311.

Police said a 42-year-old Pawling man was driving his 2003 GMC pickup truck north on SR 22 when he crossed the double yellow lines and struck an oncoming 2015 Subaru Forester head-on. A 63-year-old female passenger in the Subaru was pronounced dead at the crash scene by emergency crews. The driver of the Subaru, a 65-year-old Carmel man, was taken to Danbury Hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening.

New York man indicted for negligent homicide

Recently, the police arrested a New York City man for his role in a motor vehicle accident that occurred several months ago. The accident claimed the life of one man and injured another.

The accident occurred when the defendant, who was riding a motorcycle, struck a car, causing the driver to lose control. The car then collided with another motorcyclist. As a result of the impact, both the defendant and motorcyclist were thrown off their motorcycles. Emergency responders pronounced the second motorcyclist dead at the scene. The defendant was seriously injured but later recovered. The driver of the car had only minor injuries.

New York pedestrian succumbs to injuries following crash

On April 24, a 56-year-old woman died from the injuries she suffered in a pedestrian-car crash in Coram. The fatal accident occurred around 8:30 p.m. on April 20, according to the report.

The initial investigation into the accident indicates that an unknown vehicle traveling with no headlights on crossed Middle Country Road, nearly colliding with a westbound SUV. In an attempt to evade the head-on collision, the driver of the SUV, a 28-year-old man from Port Jefferson Station, suddenly veered off the roadway and into a pedestrian. The other vehicle fled the scene.

Motorcyclist pleads not guilty in fatal motorcycle accident

A motorcyclist who was accused of causing a wreck in New York that resulted in the death of one person pleaded not guilty to criminally negligent homicide on April 16. The accident had occurred in May 2014.

According to the New York State Police, the defendant was riding his motorcycle on Sprain Brook Parkway when he clipped a passenger car. The impact caused the vehicle to spin out of control and enter into another lane where it collided with a second motorcycle. The rider of the second motorcycle was killed in the accident. The defendant suffered serious injuries that resulted in a one-month hospital stay. It was not known if anyone in the passenger car suffered injuries.

New York women may need second opinions on biopsy results

Many women undergo biopsies in order to confirm a diagnosis of breast cancer and rely on the results to tell them what treatment is needed. A recent study showed that while pathologists agree most of the time about the diagnosis of cancer and normal tissue, pathologists have trouble agreeing on the diagnosis of pre-cancerous conditions. Many women could be put at risk for a range of consequences associated with such diagnostic misinterpretations.

The findings of the study go on to suggest that women that receive a misdiagnosis from a breast-cancer biopsy could be at risk of undergoing unnecessary treatment. In addition to the inappropriate treatment, the patient could experience unwarranted emotional distress over being informed of a pre-cancerous condition. Alternatively, women may not know their risk of developing breast cancer if their pathologist fails to identify a pre-cancerous condition. A misdiagnosis could put the patient at risk of the condition worsening over time.

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