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August 2017 Archives

Study finds safety benefits from collision avoidance systems

Oklahoma drivers who have collision avoidance systems in their vehicles may be less likely to be in a motor vehicle accident according to a study released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. For the purposes of the study, the IIHS vice-president of research examined data on more than 5,000 accidents taking place in 2015 that systems alerting the driver to blind spots and lane departure are supposed to prevent.

Medical fat shaming can cause patients harm

According to research, Oklahoma doctors who fat shame their patients could actually be causing them both mental and physical harm. The findings suggest that medical fat shaming and disrespectful treatment could prevent a person from seeking medical care when he or she needs it in order to avoid interacting with the providers.

Potential federal rollback may threaten nursing home residents

Some families in Oklahoma could be affected by the potential federal rollback of protections for nursing home residents facing potential abuse, neglect or mistreatment. Currently, conditional pre-dispute arbitration agreements are prohibited in the nursing home sector. These agreements would require elderly adults or people with disabilities living in nursing homes and their families to waive their rights to pursue a lawsuit before a dispute arises.

Stopping 10-fold strength medication errors

Oklahoma may receive medications with drug strengths that are off by factor of 10. In fact, such mistakes are a common type of medication error. It is the responsibility of the Food and Drug Administration and pharmaceutical companies to stop the issuance of 10-fold dosages to prevent the harm that can result.

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