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Carbon monoxide in the workplace

OSHA has submitted a reminder to employers in South Carolina and the rest of the United States to do what is needed to protect workers from the effects of carbon monoxide exposure. This reminder follows a number of occurrences that indicate there is a need for both workers and employers to be educated on the hazards of the gas, especially in regard to portable generators and other tools inside of enclosed areas.

Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that's odorless and colorless, which is why it's important to be familiar with overexposure symptoms. Typical signs of overexposure may include drowsiness, vomiting, headaches, tightness across the chest, nausea and dizziness. In cases of severe overexposure, the affected individuals may suffer neurological damage, fall into a coma or die.

Help after accidental needlesticks is possible

As a healthcare worker, you play a vital role in the health and well-being of your South Carolina community. While this can be an incredibly rewarding career path, it can also be dangerous. You face serious on-the-job dangers every time that you clock in at work, including lifting injuries and accidental needlesticks.

You already know that your workplace conditions are different from the average person's. From nurses to doctors, everyone in the healthcare industry works long hours under already stressful conditions. You deal with patients who are sick, injured, agitated and even in desperate need of life-saving medical care. Unfortunately, this sometimes means that hospitals let worker safety fall to the side.

Speed limiters could combat the rise in large truck deaths

Large truck crash deaths in the U.S. went up significantly between the years 2009 and 2017. In all, 35,882 people died in these collisions. At the same time, the eight-year period saw a decline in the number of miles driven by commercial truckers. South Carolina residents should know that some solutions to the increase are available.

Road Safe America is a highway safety non-profit organization that has analyzed data on large truck crashes. It found that most of the states that saw the greatest increase either in large truck crash deaths or in the percentage of such deaths have a 70 mph speed limit in place. This speed is unsafe for large trucks since they take longer to brake than ordinary cars.

Why migraine sufferers often face misdiagnoses

South Carolina residents who suffer migraines may wind up being misdiagnosed by their doctors. One study shows that only one in 20 get an accurate headache or migraine diagnosis. This is because migraine symptoms mimic those of other conditions. The following are seven such conditions.

Most migraine sufferers start out thinking they have sinus headaches. Doctors may think so, too, but these are actually rare and caused by a viral or bacterial sinus infection. Another common condition that doctors will mistake a migraine for is an anxiety or panic attack. The issue is compounded by the fact that patients, amid the stress of living with migraines, may indeed develop anxiety.

Study shows EHRs are contributing to medication errors

A study published in Health Affairs shows that it's not just human error that leads to medication mistakes. Electronic health records introduce several risks as well, especially in the field of pediatric medicine. South Carolina residents should know about these usability issues, which are related to system feedback as well as visual displays.

As for an example of the former, EHRs may not provide alerts when a medication is prescribed to a patient with a known allergy to that drug. In the latter case, clutter on the visual display or confusion in reading it can make it hard for clinicians to enter in the appropriate medication information.

Factors in fatal drunk driving crashes

In South Carolina, the legal limit for blood alcohol concentration is 0.08 percent. Drivers who are caught with a BAC of 0.08 or above can face fines, license suspension and other penalties. Unfortunately, drunk driving is still a common occurrence, and drunk driving fatalities account for approximately one-third of all fatalities resulting from traffic injuries.

Having a BAC of 0.08 can impair reaction times among drivers. Alcohol intoxication also leads to impaired depth perception and peripheral vision. Drivers under 24, motorcyclists and those with prior DUI convictions are at the highest risk for a fatal drunk driving crash. Younger drivers, when compared to older adults with the same BAC, are at a higher risk since they are relatively inexperienced and more prone to travel in groups that pose a distraction.

Is the nursing home staff ignoring your loved one?

An unfortunate fact is that the most vulnerable in society are often the ones that suffer most at the hands of others. The truth of this is becoming increasingly evident with mounting examples of the mistreatment of nursing home residents. It is something no one wants to think about, but that may be exactly why the mistreatment of nursing home residents is on the rise.

Certainly, you already had a difficult decision to make when you placed your parent in a nursing facility, so to suspect that the staff of that facility is mistreating your parent may be more than you can comprehend. While it may not be actions as vile as physical or sexual assault, a nursing home staff can cause just as much harm through the neglect of its residents.

External airbags could reduce injuries during auto accidents

External airbags to lessen the severity of auto accidents in South Carolina and around the country have been a topic of discussion. In fact, recent data compiled by ZF has revealed these innovative external airbags have the potential to reduce vehicle occupant injuries by as much as 40 percent.

A number that significant could be a great indicator of the need to add these external airbags to every vehicle once all research and final details have been worked out. Currently, this new technology is designed to work by deploying on the side of the car seconds before a motor vehicle accident occurs and absorbing a great deal of the impact. Essentially, the airbag looks and functions like a giant pillow.

Business owners may be liable for injuries on their premises

Winter conditions such as ice and snow can lead to more slip and fall accidents. Pedestrians who are injured when they fall on icy pathways or sidewalks outside of a south Carolina business might have claims for damages based on a theory of premises liability. When a person is injured while on the property of another, the owner or possessor of the property may be held legally responsible.

Generally speaking, premises liability law does not require the owner of a property to remove snow or ice outside that has accumulated due to weather. If the property owner decides to remove snow or ice, he or she must not remove it negligently. Slip and fall accidents also often occur due to poor or inadequate lighting outdoors. People might trip over curbs, fall down stairs or trip due to uneven surfaces, holes or cracks. Owners might be held liable if they knew or should have known of a dangerous condition and yet failed to fix it.

The perils of driving at night

The roads in South Carolina are more dangerous at night for several reasons. Darkness reduces visibility and the glare from oncoming headlights can temporarily blind motorists. However, fatigue and impairment are the primary nighttime dangers, according to road safety experts. After analyzing federal traffic accident data gathered over many years, National Safety Council researchers concluded that the chances of being involved in a crash increase threefold after dark.

Roads are generally quieter at night, which experts say encourages motorists to drive more quickly even though headlights only illuminate about 250 feet of the roadway ahead. A motor vehicle traveling at 40 mph covers this distance in just a few seconds. The problem is even more acute for older drivers who may need twice as much light to see clearly when driving at night.

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