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May 2015 Archives

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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