Around 7 a.m. on March 13, a Colorado man was seriously injured when a car struck him at an intersection, presumably while he was attempting to cross the intersection on foot. The man suffered serious injuries and possible head trauma and was taken Denver Health for treatment. The Denver Police Department did not release his age. The driver of the car remained at the scene to speak to investigators, but no information as to the possible causes of the accident were released.
According to the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board, 2015 is the year for improved truck safety standards. For the past four years, the amount of fatalities because of truck accidents has been on the rise in Denver and the rest of the U.S., but despite this trend and the more than 100 safety recommendations offered by the NTSB, highway regulators have failed to make any changes.
In Colorado, car accidents are a major cause of serious injury and even death. A high-speed collision between two vehicles can cause serious damage to a victim's head, neck and spine. Even low-speed accidents can inflict serious injury, depending on the nature of the accident and the types of vehicles involved. However, many of these injuries can be prevented with some basic safety measures. Features like seat belts and airbags are designed to prevent these types of serious injuries.
Authorities report that a head-on collision involving two vehicles occurred near Durango around 10:25 a.m. on July 30. The accident left three people dead and two others seriously injured. The deceased victims included a 91-year-old woman and two 61-year-old men. The injured parties were taken to a nearby hospital for emergency medical treatment.
Millions of hospitalized Americans every year receive short term anticoagulant or antiplatelet treatments to stabilize acute coronary syndromes and prevent embolisms that might otherwise result in heart attacks, stroke or death. New research is demonstrating, however, that blood thinners like heparin and coumadin are often administered incorrectly. According to a study that appears in the May issue of "The Annals of Pharmacotherapy," medication errors involving blood thinners account for fully seven percent of all medication errors in clinical settings.
Elderly residents of Colorado may be shocked by the results of a study showing that readmission following a hospital stay is a common occurrence. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation study found a readmission rate of one elderly patient out of every eight discharged from a hospital. This outcome has led some medical centers to reduce the risk of complications following discharge by establishing care coordinators. Patients in other facilities must often rely on state-run assistance programs or family for care coordination.