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Avoiding medication errors with five simple tips

Four out of five adults in Pennsylvania and across the U.S. take some sort of prescription medication, over-the-counter drug or supplement every week. One third of adults even take five or more drugs at the same time. One can easily imagine, then, just how high the risk for a medication error can be. Certain combinations of drugs can cause adverse effects that injure or even kill the patient. With five simple tips, patients can help prevent such an adverse event from taking place.

Patients face risk for harm as ERs become overcrowded

Every year in Pennsylvania and across the U.S., more than 100 million people visit the emergency room, yet the quality of care in ERs can plummet with overcrowding. The Institute of Medicine noted this issue back in 2007, saying that overcrowding opens up the possibility for medical errors and sometimes life-threatening delays in treatment. Patients may be medicated too late, diagnosed too late or put in the hospital for longer than necessary.

Report calls NHTSA's 5-star safety rating system outdated

In October 2019, a report was released by a member of the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety that concludes that the current 5-star rating system used to determine vehicle safety is outdated. Pennsylvania residents should know that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration created this system in the 1990s from an earlier crash testing program called the New Car Assessment Program.

What truckers can do about obstructive sleep apnea

Many truckers in Pennsylvania, some without knowing it, suffer from sleep apnea. This is a disorder that periodically stops one's breathing while sleeping, and it is responsible for all kinds of health conditions. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea among truckers, and by interrupting their sleep, it can make them a safety hazard on the road.

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