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Child Passenger Safety Week to Run September 23 – 29

Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death among children between the ages of one and thirteen. Many injuries and fatalities can be prevented with proper child restraints. There is no disputing the fact that car seats, booster seats, and seat belts reduce injuries to children and save lives. To get the message out loud and clear, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is partnering with the Ad Council to launch Child Passenger Safety Week. From September 23 – 29, 2018, both agencies will deliver the important message of child passenger safety through radio, print, online and billboard ads. The week culminates on September 29, 2018 with a nationwide event, National Seat Check Saturday. To find a safety » Read More

New Jersey Passes New Seat Belt Law for School Buses

Riding the bus to school finally became safer in New Jersey. Under a new law recently signed by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, at the end of six months, all school buses manufactured for use in New Jersey must include three-point seat belts for all passengers to protect them in the event of an accident. The new law requires stricter safety restraints than the 1992 school bus seat belt law, which only required lap belts be installed in new school buses. All newly manufactured buses will be equipped with three-point belts that cross the passenger’s laps and shoulders. This newly passed legislation comes after a tragic fatal school bus crash in late Spring on Route 80 in Mt. Olive. On » Read More

Fall Prevention Awareness Week

Fall Prevention Awareness Week will take place from September 22 to 28. This important annual campaign was created to raise awareness about the very serious consequences a slip and fall can have on an older person; and of the many ways that falls can be prevented. Falls are the leading cause of injury deaths, unintentional injuries, and hospital admissions for trauma among older adults. Falls can have a serious impact on an older adult’s quality of life and independence. However, falls are not an inevitable part of aging. There are many practical strategies and life adjustments one can take to prevent falls. The following are a few suggestions for reducing the risk of a fall: Stand up slowly. Rising from » Read More

EMS and Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice occurs when a patient is injured due to the negligence or carelessness of a medical professional. While all medical personnel deal with high stress situations, EMTs and paramedics face some of the most stressful. When negligence or carelessness cause injury to the victim of a medical emergency, EMTs and paramedics can be held liable in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Types of Medical Malpractice Involving EMTs and Paramedics Emergency medical technicians and paramedics are responsible for triaging and administering emergent care. That can result in saving a person’s life or, in some cases, result in further injury and possibly death. Mistakes can happen in these often chaotic circumstances, but when they are due to carelessness or negligence, medical malpractice » Read More

Heart Attacks More Fatal in Women — With One Exception

If a woman suffering a heart attack is seen by a male doctor versus a female doctor in an emergency room, her chance of dying increases. That stunning information was recently discovered after a study of more than 500,000 cases. A woman stands a much better chance of surviving a heart attack, directly after and in the long term, if she is seen immediately by a female emergency room physician. The study was divided into four categories: Female doctors treating women Female doctors treating men Male doctors treating women Male doctor treating men In all of the four categories, the only outcome that varied was when male doctors treated female heart attack patients. Generally, about 11.9 percent of heart attack » Read More

New Jersey May Soon Limit Patients Per Nurse

New Jersey is likely to become the third state in the nation to limit the number of patients assigned to each nurse in a hospital setting. California has already enacted laws limiting nurse and patient ratios, and Massachusetts will be voting on whether to enact the law this fall. According to Health Professionals and Allied Employees, high patient-to-nurse ratios are the number one complaint from nurses working in a hospital setting. A spokesperson for Health Professionals and Allied Employees stresses that the law does not stem from making the lives of nurses easier. The law will enable them to provide patients in the hospital with the level of care and attention they need and deserve. So often, short-staffing and a » Read More

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