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Afternoon slump affects doctors and nurses

If possible, South Carolina residents may want to avoid going to the hospital in the afternoon. The main reason is that doctors and nurses, like everyone else, often experience an afternoon slump. This is the sleepy feeling that develops around 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. The result is that doctors and nurses tend to be less focused and less productive.

In addition, mistakes on the part of anesthesiologists are more common. A Duke University study referred specifically to "afternoon circadian lows" as the cause behind this trend. It's also important for patients to remember that shift changes often occur in the afternoon. This means that one's surgery is liable to be started by one team and finished by another. If the first team forgets to communicate vital information to the next, there can be serious consequences.

Distracted driving more common among women, study shows

The Society for Risk Analysis has recently published a situation-based analysis of driver behaviors, which may be of interest to drivers in South Carolina. The analysis focused on distracted driving and those groups that are at a high risk for it. Drivers who had a strong intention to use their mobile phone behind the wheel were classified under four profiles: inexperienced drivers, uninhibited drivers, drivers with little sense of road safety and women drivers.

The last profile may or may not be surprising, but analysts discovered that women are more likely than men to engage in distracted driving. Between the two most frequent forms of distracted behavior, calling and texting, the former was more common among all drivers. This may be because of the visual demands that texting requires.

Outdoor workers at risk of fatal heat stroke

During the warm summer months in South Carolina, soaring temperatures can quickly cause heat-related illnesses to occur. A new study has found that for outdoor workers, heat stroke can occur during temperatures that are only in the high 80s.

The study, which was conducted by a team from the U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), looked at 25 cases of heat stroke experienced by outdoor workers between 2011 and 2016. Of the 25 cases, 14 resulted in fatalities. Team members found that of the 14 fatalities, six occurred when the heat index was only 91. The heat index is a calculated estimation of how the outdoor temperatures feel to the human body by taking in the factors of both temperature and humidity.

A day at a hotel's pool deck might not go so swimmingly

Whether you live in South Carolina or spend family vacations here, the heat and humidity will likely have you visiting a hotel with a refreshing pool. However, pool decks can be hazardous areas — especially if the hotel manager or owner does not understand the typical swimming pool hazards, and fails to address pool safety concerns. While children are most at risk, accidents in and around a swimming pool can injure anyone.

There are strict pool safety standards with which the property owner must comply to keep guests safe. Victims of swimming pool accidents might have grounds to take legal action against a negligent pool owner.

Food service jobs aren’t without risk

Whether working in a fast food environment or a fine dining restaurant, the food service industry can be challenging. Employees who cook, clean and serve often face high demands from both their boss and guests.

In the hustle and bustle of doing your job, there’s a chance that you may get hurt. Staying aware of daily hazards can help you avoid as many injuries as possible, although some are simply out of your control. If not for worker’s compensation, the costs of one injury could otherwise demolish your hard-earned savings.

Are you at risk of acquiring a hospital infection?

An illness or injury that prompts a stay in the hospital has its own worries and anxieties. You may be focused on your symptoms and the prognosis for your recovery as well as contending with the unfamiliar and overwhelming bustle around you.

Even if you are in the hospital for a routine procedure, you likely feel nervous being in unfamiliar surroundings and the possibility of medical error during your stay. Unfortunately, your fears are reasonable. Medical mistakes are more common than most patients realize. 

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