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The potential consequences of medical errors

Two decades ago, a report claimed that roughly 98,000 people in Pennsylvania and throughout the country die annually because of medical errors. A more recent study has found that the true death toll may be more than twice as high. That recent study also found that about 5% of patients in the United States are put in harm's way unnecessarily. Of those patients, about 12% will acquire a permanent disability or die because of a preventable mistake.

Slips and trips and more can happen in the blink of an eye

Consumers in and around Pottstown, Pennsylvania, face unanticipated risks whenever they visit public places or go to the grocery store. The slightest oversight by a property owner, tenant or their staff could lead to life-changing injuries. While slips, trips and falls are more common, you might be unable to escape from a building fire due to a blocked fire exit, or you could be the victim of an assault or robbery in a parking garage.

For patients, misdiagnosis can be deadly

People in Pennsylvania who seek out medical care often worry that they won't be taken seriously when they go to the doctor. They are concerned that something seriously wrong may be missed due to a physician's dismissiveness, lack of knowledge or negligence. They may have good reason for concern as some estimates say that up to 80,000 people lose their lives in American hospitals each year as a result of mistaken diagnoses. People who are misdiagnosed do not receive treatment for their conditions, allowing their illness to worsen and progress. Some may receive treatments for other illnesses that they do not have, which can be harmful in some cases.

Automakers aim to stop drunk drivers behind the wheel

Drunk driving poses a serious hazard to roadway safety in Pennsylvania and across the country. Despite enforcement crackdowns and widespread awareness campaigns, DUIs continue to be the leading cause of death linked to motor vehicles, and thousands more are injured each year. Many are looking for technological solutions that can make it easier to prevent accidents caused by driving under the influence. One option is an ignition interlock device, a sort of breathalyzer for the car. This technology, which is mandated for some DUI offenders, requires drivers to test clean before they can start their cars.

Hands-free phones lead drivers to other distractions

Pennsylvania residents would be right to think that hands-free phone use is safer for drivers than handheld phone use. In fact, most states ban the latter for all drivers. However, one study has shown that hands-free phone use has the unintended effect of opening drivers up to other distracting behavior.

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