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August 2019 Archives

Drivers killed while posting selfies

Most drivers are aware of the dangers of using cellphones while behind the wheel. In 2017, more than 3,100 people were killed and thousands more were injured in car accidents involving distracted driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Not only do drivers use their cellular devices to talk to friends, text and compose emails, they take selfies while navigating the roadways alongside other vehicles. Some then continue to post these selfies onto social media sites, and even write captions to describe their picture. 

Your obstetrician may be able to ward off premature birth

You're having a baby. It's likely to be one of the most exciting, challenging, joyful and worrisome times in your life. You've hopefully been regularly attending prenatal visits and are working with a doctor and medical team you trust. In fact, the experience and competence of your California obstetrician and other medical workers may be a key factor in the health and safety of you and your baby.

What are three common birth injuries?

Bringing a new life into the world is an exciting time for expecting parents. However, it is also a period filled with apprehension and anxiety as you hope your newborn’s entrance into the world goes smoothly.

What happens when surgical instruments are left behind?

When you get wheeled into the operating room to have a procedure performed, you put your life in the hands of the surgical professionals who are taking care of you. Although nurses and physicians are some of the most trusted professionals in the nation, they are human and can make mistakes. Surgical errors made by medical professionals, however, have the potential to cause long-term damage and may even kill unsuspecting patients. One of the most surprising errors involves medical equipment being left behind in a patient’s surgical site.

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.

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?

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