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Failure of electronic record systems linked to doctor error

The government-backed movement toward electronic medical records and the adoption of other advances in information technology in hospitals, doctor's offices and health care facilities in New York and around the country might not be proceeding as smoothly as had been expected. Reports are now surfacing about wrong-site surgery and, in some cases, fatal medical error incidents occurring because of electronic health record systems being down.A news report about doctors and hospital officials denying responsibility and shying away from offering apologies to patients who were victims of a doctor error or a surgical error has drawn attention to a little-known cause of medical malpractice. According to the report, medical mistakes have been attributed to the inability of doctors to access electronic patient records at critical stages during treatment. It is claimed [...]

Failure of electronic record systems linked to doctor error2016-03-31T00:00:00+00:00

What types of impaired driving charges are there?

In New York there are a number of crimes that an individual could be charged with when it comes to drunk driving. These laws use one's blood-alcohol content or whether one has engaged in underage drinking to determine the criminal charges the individual will face.If an individual's blood alcohol content level is 0.08 or above, he or she may be charged with driving while intoxicated, or DWI. In addition, if an individual is operating a commercial vehicle with a blood alcohol content level of 0.04 percent or higher, this could lead to a charge of driving while intoxicated. Moreover, if an individual's blood alcohol content level is 0.18 or above, he or she may be charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated.Some New Yorkers may think that if their blood alcohol [...]

What types of impaired driving charges are there?2016-03-25T00:00:00+00:00

Automatic braking system ahead for drivers

By 2022, New York car buyers should be able to purchase one with an automatic braking system installed. This is the result of an agreement entered into by manufacturers of nearly all light vehicles sold in the United States and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to have such technology be standard equipment. One former administrator of the NHTSA says that the agreement is unsatisfactory and there should be legally binding rules in place instead, but the current administrator says that those rules would take eight years or longer to implement.Automakers including Toyota, Ford and General Motors are part of the agreement that experts agree will save lives and cut down on as many as 1 million accidents each year. With around 5 million accidents annually, this is a reduction [...]

Automatic braking system ahead for drivers2016-03-24T00:00:00+00:00

Are sobriety checkpoints legal in New York?

With the St. Patrick's festivities here, police across the United States may be setting up what are known as sobriety checkpoints." Individuals in New York may wonder why they are legal. After allIn general, a sobriety checkpoint will take place at blocked-off intersection. At the checkpoint, police will regularly and randomly stop drivers. At these stops, police will look for evidence that the motorist is driving under the influence.In 1990, the United States Supreme Court determined that the nation's states had an interest that was compelling" in stopping motorists from driving under the influence. It was a public safety concern that trumped any privacy interests the motorist may have. Although others have challenged such checkpoints claiming they violated the Fourth Amendment's prohibition against unreasonable searchesAlthough federal law maintains that sobriety [...]

Are sobriety checkpoints legal in New York?2016-03-18T00:00:00+00:00

Ergonomics and musculoskeletal disorders

New York employees do not have to be involved in manual labor to face a risk of musculoskeletal disorders at their jobs. Although manual labor can pose high risks of MSDs, there are certain risk factors that can affect office workers and others whose jobs are not physically demanding. It is important for employers to recognize the importance of good ergonomic practices to ensure that employee absences and workers' compensation claims are minimized.Training is an important preventive tool, allowing an employer to familiarize workers with optimum practices for limiting the risk of suffering MSDs on the job. As injuries are reduced, productivity can also be improved. Some of the most serious issues that can lead to musculoskeletal injuries include repetition, force, vibration, contact stress and awkward postures. It is important [...]

Ergonomics and musculoskeletal disorders2016-03-14T00:00:00+00:00

When constitutes first-degree assault in New York?

There are various degrees of assault in New York and various types of assault, such as vehicular assault and gang assault. Today we are going to examine the elements of first-degree assault in New York.Per New York penal code section 120.10, first-degree assault occurs under a number of circumstances. One circumstance that could lead to a charge of first-degree assault is if a person intentionally means to seriously injure a second person and in fact causes such injury through the use of a deadly weapon or another instrument that is considered to be dangerous.A second situation that could lead to a charge of first-degree assault is if a person intentionally means to cause another person to become both permanently and seriously disfigured and in fact causes such injury.In addition, if [...]

When constitutes first-degree assault in New York?2016-03-11T00:00:00+00:00

Parents could improve hospital safety, prevent errors

New York families may be surprised to learn that a study conducted in Massachusetts indicates that many parents catch medical mistakes when they take their children to the hospital. The researchers say that this suggests that parents could provide complementary details that may help make health care safer.The study assessed data from 383 children who were hospitalized in two pediatric units at a Boston facility in 2013 and 2014. The children's parents filled out written surveys to detail any safety issues that their kids experienced. Two doctors reviewed the incidents and classified them as either medical mistakes, quality issues or non-safety problems.The researchers found that about one in every 10 parents detected medical mistakes that doctors and nurses did not and 34 parents reported 37 safety issues, 23 of which [...]

Parents could improve hospital safety, prevent errors2016-03-11T00:00:00+00:00

New tool provides information to public on New York City crimes

Police officers in New York City and across the state will go to great lengths to prevent crimes in their jurisdictions. However, it is important that they do not overstep their boundaries and unlawfully arrest an individual.New York City police have unveiled a tool - Compstat 2.0 - that would provide the public with a map indicating when, where and what types of crimes occurred over the past week. Prior to this, information on criminal activity was provided on the NYPD's website, but it only included major types of crimes. With this new system, the specific crime, as well as when and where the crime occurred, is made available to the public. The information remains available for one week. Information older than that can still be obtained from the NYPD [...]

New tool provides information to public on New York City crimes2016-03-04T00:00:00+00:00

Preventing workplace injuries

Workers in New York face many different types of hazards when they go to their jobs. Industrial environments can be especially dangerous workplaces, particularly when workers handle hazardous materials or operate heavy machinery. Some common causes of workplace accidents are dehydration, fatigue, lifting and falls. Factors like poor lighting, workplace violence, hazardous materials and stress can also contribute to a lot of workplace accidents.When workers must lift something on the job, it is crucial that they have help if the object is very heavy. Lifting too much weight can cause sprains, strains and torn muscles that can take a long time to recover from. Workers who do not take breaks during their shift are also prone to more injuries as they may become fatigued.Many workers deal with hazardous materials on [...]

Preventing workplace injuries2016-03-03T00:00:00+00:00
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