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Airline safety videos: important or mindless entertainment?

If you took a flight recently, you may have noticed that the pre-flight safety presentation was engaging and maybe even humorous. In fact, numerous viral videos have surfaced showing the flight attendants of certain airlines making pre-flight presentations that can almost double as stand-up comedy. Like other California residents, you may wonder if entertaining safety presentations are necessary or appropriate. After all, they are meant to educate passengers on such vital matters as locating emergency exits and using flotation devices and oxygen masks. Not a laughing matter, you may think.

As it turns out, modern safety videos and in-person presentations are becoming more entertaining because studies show that passengers retain this information when they are presented in an engaging way. You are more likely to tune out when the flight attendant presents the safety instructions in a monotonous drone. Intelligencer explains that many airline safety videos are not only developed to capture passengers’ attention, but also double as advertisement, as recent videos featuring popular Hollywood characters are demonstrating.

Why is driving at night more dangerous?

If you are like many other drivers in California, you are not always in for the night once the sun goes down. Many drivers may be coming home from work, headed to work, running errands or simply going out for a night on the town. Yet, once the sun sets in California, the risk of being involved in a deadly car accident increases. According to AAA, you are three times more likely of becoming fatally injured in a car accident at night than you are during the day. What accounts for this increased risk and what can you do to minimize your chances of becoming injured or killed?

The lack of natural light is the biggest contributor to the added dangers of driving at night. Not only does the dim light make it harder to spot hazards in the road and deal with bad weather conditions, but it also affects your eyes and the way you are able to see. It is harder to judge the distance and speed of oncoming vehicles in the dark, as the lack of light limits depth perception and peripheral vision. This is especially true for older drivers, as they require even more light to see clearly than younger drivers. 

Breast implants suspected in making some patients ill

Hundreds of thousands of people in California and across the country have had breast implant surgery, whether purely for cosmetic reasons or for reconstructive purposes following a mastectomy. It is normal to expect greater satisfaction with one’s appearance after getting breast implants. However, most patients do not expect their implants to make them sick or threaten their lives. Unfortunately, some patients have reported adverse symptoms after getting implants, and some types of implants are suspected to cause a rare type of cancer.

According to Healthline, recent studies have linked breast implants with various autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, sarcoidosis, scleroderma and Sjögren’s syndrome. Additional adverse reactions to implants that patients have reported include infection, breast pain, sensory changes, scarring, rupture and leakage.

Could my doctor be responsible for my child’s Erb’s palsy?

It can be frightening for parents to realize that their child may have Erb’s palsy, a condition involving overstretched or torn nerves in the neck and arm. This condition can make a child's life much more doffocult because a child with this condition may have a hard time moving an arm or may experience pain when moving an arm. He or she may also hold an arm against the body with a bend at the elbow or may have trouble gripping objects. 

If a professional recently diagnosed your child with Erb’s palsy, you may be wondering what caused the condition? Unfortunately, the answer is not always a straightforward one.

Misdiagnosis: What you should know

When you go into a medical clinic or the emergency room, you rely on the physicians, nurses and staff to assess your symptoms, provide a diagnosis and prescribe a treatment that may improve your condition. Yet, the rate of misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose patients in California and across the country is alarming. Every year, at least 12 million people are misdiagnosed by medical professionals in these settings, according to a report published in BMJ Quality & Safety. In at least half of those cases, serious injuries were caused because of the diagnostic errors. 

Researchers found that there may be several factors involved in the high rate of misdiagnosis. Patients who see doctors in outpatient clinics and emergency rooms are not established with the medical professionals on call. As a result, the physician may not have a complete medical history of the patient, which could affect the accuracy of the diagnosis. In addition, doctors may be rushed to see one patient after another, and are not able to spend an ample amount of time with each patient. Other factors involved in medical misdiagnosis include physicians ordering the wrong type of lab screenings and misreading the results of lab tests once they are completed. 

Measuring the accuracy of electronic healthcare records

New technology in healthcare is designed to minimize medical errors and improve the overall quality of care of patients. More healthcare institutes across the country are implementing the electronic health record system as a way to standardize patient care and reduce errors. Yet, some healthcare records software systems have glitches that have led to some critical mistakes and deadly medical errors

In one case, a woman died of an aneurysm after complaining for some time of headaches. Her doctor had ordered a brain scan that would have showed the aneurysm; however, the order never reached the lab because of a software error. Other software glitches have caused patient notes to be recorded under the wrong patients, diagnosis codes to record incorrectly and the wrong medications sent to pharmacies. In long-term care facilities, medication stop and start dates were incorrect, which could have disastrous implications. 

How to identify the signs of an aggressive driver

Navigating the roadways of California can be tedious, especially if you are running late to work or rushing to an appointment. If you have ever been in a situation where you have lost your temper while behind the wheel, you are definitely not alone. According to AAA, nearly 80% of drivers have lost their temper at some point within the last year. Becoming angry while driving can be dangerous, as it can cause people to engage in risky and hazardous driving behaviors.  In fact, nearly 56% of deadly car accidents involve people who were engaged in aggressive driving behaviors, such as speeding. 

Not only is it important that you refrain from engaging in these behaviors, but to also spot them in other drivers so that you may avoid becoming involved in a catastrophic collision. These may include the following:

Personal Injury due to fireworks

An eight-year-old boy recently lost his hand due to recalled fireworks.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), an eight-year-old boy and a 12-year-old boy found a broken end of a Talon rocket firework. They lit the firework and were injured, resulting in the eight-year-old losing his hand.

What should I know about healthcare-associated infections?

Whether you visit your doctor or go to the hospital, the hope is that you return home feeling better than when you went in. However, as you and other Californians may be aware, healthcare facilities harbor numerous infectious elements, including harmful bacteria and viruses. In most instances, your medical team will be able to prevent you from contracting a dangerous illness during your visit, but this is not always the case.

Healthcare-associated infections are common incidents, in fact. According to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, you may contract a secondary infection while being treated at your doctor’s office, the hospital, an ambulance, a long-term care center or an end-stage facility. The most common healthcare-associated infections include pneumonia, bloodstream infections, surgical site infections, infections involving the staphylococcus bacteria and urinary tract infections. The following circumstances are most commonly associated with an infection contracted by a healthcare visit:

  • Infection originating at an injection, catheter or surgical site
  • Areas that are not properly disinfected
  • Incorrect use of antibiotics
  • Communicable illnesses between medical staff and patients

Physical pain brought on by a car crash

Those who are involved in an auto accident may experience a number of hardships, whether they sustain a broken bone, suffer a brain injury, struggle with intense emotions as a result of the wreck or face serious financial repercussions. Following an accident, some victims struggle with a tremendous amount of physical pain, which can be extremely debilitating. For example, those who are in pain may need to take potentially dangerous medication, such as opiates that pose an addiction risk. Or, they may have to miss work, or they could experience problems in their personal relationships due to the pain they are going through.

Sometimes, people may be in a great deal of pain even though the hardships they are facing are not evident to others. Also, pain may be an indicator that something else is wrong. For example, someone who is back or neck pain may have sustained an injury in the crash that they were not immediately aware of. If you are dealing with a lot of pain, you may want to consult a medical professional to figure out what your options are and make sure that you did not sustain an injury that was not immediately evident.

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