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January 2017 Archives

Drowsy truckers pose a danger to motorists

A number of tractor trailers traveling throughout Maryland and across the country navigate the roadways on a daily basis. These massive vehicles require well-trained and qualified truckers to operate them safely alongside other motor vehicles on the road. With a shortage of experienced truck drivers and an increase of freight needing to be distributed throughout the country, truck driver fatigue has become an issue. At Wilson & Parlett, we know that when negligent truckers drive drowsy it puts countless motorists at risk of being involved in an accident.

Heat-related illnesses can occur in the workplace

A number of Americans work in outdoor and indoor environments that are hot and humid on a daily basis. Although some people can become accustomed to working in such harsh conditions, high temperatures can be brutal, especially when people are trying to work. When the body losses an excessive amount of fluid and is unable to regulate its core temperature, it can cause serious symptoms which could cause illness, permanent injuries and even death in some cases.

Cognitive distraction: The safety of hands-free cellphones

Driver distraction leads to a significant number of traffic accidents, injuries and deaths every year. In Maryland and in many other states in the country, using a hand-held device while behind the wheel is prohibited by law. In order to comply with the law and continue engaging in cellphone business, a number of drivers have started using hands-free devices. Although these cellphones are designed to be safer by eliminating visual and manual distractions, they still cause a significant amount of cognitive distraction, which can be just as dangerous.

How can prescription errors threaten lives?

When you take your prescription to the local pharmacy or are given a drug while in the hospital, you expect to be given the correct medication that was accurately prescribed by your physician. Unfortunately, just like any other area of medical practice, errors can occur. Not only can community pharmacies be at fault for filling a prescription incorrectly or dispensing the wrong medication, a physician or medical institution may be responsible for prescribing a medication incorrectly. Nurses may also phone in the prescription wrong, which could have catastrophic results in some cases. A mistake can occur anywhere during the prescribing process.

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