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February 2020 Archives

Avoiding adverse drug events with five steps

Four out of five adults in Oklahoma and across the U.S. take prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs or supplements at least once a week. Moreover, around one-third of all adults simultaneously take five or more medications. One can easily see how this can create a risk for injuries as drugs combine in adverse ways. The following five tips, though, can help patients avoid medication errors and adverse events.

ERs are overcrowded, increasing patient risk

For a long time, hospitals and ERs in Oklahoma and across the U.S. have had to struggle with overcrowding, and this continues to put patients at risk. As early as 2007, the Institute of Medicine noted that overcrowding can lead to life-threatening delays in treatment. It is also linked to delays in the administration of medication and to various medical errors, especially diagnostic errors.

Report gives 10 cities where car accidents happen the most

A report from the nonprofit Go Safe Labs has ranked the top 10 worst cities for auto accidents. Researchers based their list on accident numbers in 2019, a year in which 953,630 car crashes took place. Oklahoma residents may be displeased to hear that Oklahoma City ranked seventh with 12,476 crashes occurring there in 2019.

Finding out who was responsible for a multi-car crash

Drivers in Oklahoma may be wondering how they can establish fault after a multi-vehicle crash. While this may largely be the work of investigators, it is still beneficial to know the basics about it. First of all, it requires all kinds of evidence, including physical finding at the crash site, such as vehicle debris and skid marks; the findings that the police put down in their report; and eyewitness testimony.

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