Nearly 200,000 people die in Colorado and the rest of the U.S. each year because of a fatal medical mistake. Technology may be able to change the underlying culture preventing clinicians from pointing out errors they witness in a situation such as a surgery. Although it's commonly believed by people in healthcare positions that the cultural fear of punishment hinders technological safety advances, technology could help the culture change to improve efficiency and safety.
Three people were injured in a Nov. 18 car accident in Colorado that police said involved impaired driving. Colorado Springs police arrested a 22-year-old man and charged him with driving under the influence of drugs, vehicular assault and other offenses.
An Adams County street race resulted in a two-car collision the hospitalization of six people. The accident occurred on Nov. 7 near 54th Avenue when a car and motorcycle driver challenged each other to a race.
Colorado drivers may not be aware of the many economic costs associated with traffic accidents. In 2010 alone, the financial ramifications of auto accidents across the country amounted to approximately $1 trillion, according to estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That figure includes the loss of productivity and the loss of life that often result from motor vehicle accidents.
A teenager recently turned himself in at a police station in Colorado after allegedly hitting a motorcyclist in Westminster. The car accident occurred on U.S. 36 on May 31. Police say that a motorcyclist was exiting the highway at Sheridan Boulevard at about 11:30 p.m. when a vehicle hit the bike from behind, throwing the motorcyclist.
Data released in October may indicate that traumatic brain injuries lead to more effects than the ones with which they're most commonly associated. Reports say that although many people are aware of the occurrence of symptoms such as vertigo, memory recall problems, headaches and dizziness, TBI sufferers and their loved ones are often caught off guard by the onset of personality changes.
College football players have always been exposed to a high risk of traumatic brain injury, but the NCAA is now imposing standards that it hopes will lower that risk. The organization is focusing on brain injury prevention by tweaking rules in college football play in order to keep players safer.
There are procedures in place in hospitals to ensure that patients get the correct medication. However, patients in Colorado can also take control of their own health care by being aware of the medications they are taking and being honest about their use of over-the-counter drugs, herbal supplements, vitamins and recreational drugs. These efforts and disclosures may help in preventing medication errors.Another way patients can be proactive in helping themselves and their doctors is to keep a list of all medications being taken on a small card and carry it at all times. Having this information on hand is invaluable to caregivers and emergency room staff as it is an easy way for them to know what medications the patient is taking. This simple step can help avoid contraindicated or duplicate drugs from being administered.
Three lawsuits charge an Atlanta medical facility with the alleged wrongful deaths of three infants over a 60-day period during the summer of 2012. The cases include failure to administer cesarean deliveries in a timely manner and a failure to diagnose early labor. The lawsuits include the facility along with several doctors and other medical professionals. A fourth lawsuit is possibly pending for yet an additional wrongful death related to a birth injury of a baby with a nerve disorder.The facility insists that it provides optimum health care to those admitted and cites its established record of almost 50 years in the community. However, the attorney who represents all three mothers believes the facility could have prevented the deaths. The lawsuit will pursue financial compensation for medical expenses, punitive sanctions, pain and suffering, and loss of possible future earnings.