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Spring Weather and Driving

The weather in spring, especially in early spring, can be severe and unpredictable.  From icy snows, to sunshine, heavy rain, and/or wind, the weather can make home management and travel very difficult!  Are you prepared to handle the unique challenges that spring may throw your way?  

Enjoying Our State's Snowmobile Areas

ATV and snowmobile use in our state is common, especially in our central PA area.  What you might not know is how much land the state of Pennsylvania has for recreational use.  According to reports, snowmobile riders are able to access about 3,000 miles of trails.  These trails can be found in 90% of state forest districts, as well as in many of our state parks. The state snowmobile season officially runs from December 15-April 1st.  The state also provides condition updates via its snowmobile hotline, which is updated twice weekly (Tuesdays and Thursdays).  As many state snowmobile riders know, all all-terrain vehicle units have to be registered in the state of PA.

Summer Pool Fun Is Sometimes Hazardous

Companies often create products, such as cooking tools, toys, and medical devices that are later recalled due to resulting safety hazards associated with using that product.  Unfortunately, before these products are recalled, serious injury or death of multiple consumers often occurs. We often hear about these recalls through the nightly news or via e-mail alerts, but sometimes it is too late. Often, we hear about these recalls more around the holidays, when many childrens' toys are recalled due to safety reasons. However, recalls on dangerous and defective products can involve summertime activities, too.  

Chronic Pain Following A Car Wreck

If you or someone you know has ever been in a car crash, the idea that chronic pain often follows an accident may seem like common sense.  However, did you know that car crash victims have over an 84% increased risk of experiencing chronic pain?  This is one of the many new aspects of a research study going on in University of Aberdeen School of Medicine, Scotland.  Researchers from the university have been studying chronic pain as it relates to many different types of accidents and injuries. The focus of their studies include areas like car accidents, workplace injuries, fractured bones, surgical operations, childbirth, and other miscellaneous hospitalizations. Their study involved interviewing patients across multiple years. They interviewed over 200 patients three times over a period of four years. Their results may be surprising!  In addition to the car crash statistic listed above, over 30% of patients who were victims of any kind of trauma were more likely to experience a new onset of chronic pain following their trauma.  However, there was no significant link between childbirth or surgery and chronic pain.  

Medical Errors Lead to Higher Mortality Rates

When you hear about leading causes of death in the United States, what do you think of? Maybe car accidents, cancer, or other related illnesses? Well, it may surprise you to know that medical errors in hospitals are responsible for between 200,000-400,000 deaths per year. Some of these errors include hospital-acquired infections, medication errors, wrong operations, and diagnostic errors. These numbers don't even include deaths from medical errors committed in a hospital, but occur after the patient has been discharged.

Greyhound Buses Sued After Serious Wreck on PA Highway

Although we may think more commonly about car and truck accidents, bus accidents are not uncommon, either.  Recently, Greyhound was sued for injuries its passengers sustained while riding one of their buses from New York City to Cleveland.  According to news reports, the bus crashed after the driver fell asleep at the wheel.  One of the 43 passengers died and many sustained severe injuries.  One passenger recently received a payment of $27M from the bus company due to the severity of his injuries, which included an amputation of one of his legs and over 30 surgeries related to other injuries.  

How Do PA's Hospitals Perform Nationally?

Have you ever wondered how PA hospitals stack up in terms of areas like safety and standards of care? Well, you can check online at any time.  A website called The Hospital Safety Grade scores hospitals on how safe they keep their patients from medical errors and avoidable injuries, accidents, and infections. You can access the website here: http://www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.   Although many hospitals in our area appear to meet a good quality standard of care, it is not universal across all locations. 

Potential Warnings Of A Subpar Nursing Home

According to a US and World News report, there are several warning signs you can look for to see if a loved one in a nursing home is receiving subpar care.  Many of the warning signs the article noted involve examining your elderly relative's reaction to people and aspects of the home.  In this way, substandard care may become apparent through your loved one's emotional or physical changes, including looking unhealthy, sudden changes in appetite, and becoming easily agitated or fearful around certain people.  Additionally, if your relative mentions that they don't want a particular person to take care of them, that might be a sign of a serious problem, such as abuse or neglect.  If your relative also appears malnourished or dehydrated, that is a definite warning sign of a potential problem.

PA Bicycle Accident In The News

Are you sharing the road with bicyclists?  Many people in our beautiful part of the state enjoy exercising outdoors on Pennsylvania's roads, trails, and towns.  As motorists, you are expected and required to share the road with these individuals when you encounter them while out driving.  However, motorists are not always respectful of bicyclists and often follow too closely behind them, don't give them enough lane space, and even sometimes try and run them off the road.  Other common dangers that occur while out biking including poorly maintained roads and bike paths. 

Pain After Your Car Accident

Car crashes and chronic pain sometimes go together more commonly than you might think.  In some studies, car crash victims have an over 80% increased risk of chronic pain in the future.  As a result, although some people may like to "tough it out" after their car crash and minimize any post-accident pain, it is not helpful and may lead to increased medical and emotional difficulties in the future. 

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