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New Standards Established For Healthcare Reprsentatives In Operating Rooms

How many people know that medical device salespeople often participate in surgical procedures?

Surgeons, surgical nurses, and medical device manufacturers certainly do, but the general public does not. Allowing healthcare industry representatives (HCIR) to provide advice in operating rooms and guide surgeons' actions has been an accepted practice in hospitals across the country for many years. It is especially common in spinal surgeries and those involving complete joint replacements.

Hospital-Associated Infections In Illinois

Imagine entering a hospital for a minor surgical procedure and contracting a potentially fatal infection. With the increase in the antibiotic resistant microbes and the prevalence of hospital-associated infections (HAI), that's exactly the risk many Illinois hospital patients face. In the most comprehensive study of the problem, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), reported that almost 722,000 hospitalized patients contracted a hospital-associated infection during the year. Of these, 75,000 patients died as a result of the infection. For Illinois residents, there is mixed news. On average, Illinois hospitals have lower standardized infection ratios* (SIR) than the national baseline. However, some hospitals have higher SIR than the national baseline. Between 2013 and 2014 (the latest period for which CDC has collected and published data), SIR for the six major types of HAI in Illinois hospitals changed as follows:

8 Holiday road-trip safety tips

The end of Halloween marks the beginning of the holiday season and many of you have already started putting your holiday travel plans together. This time of year can be stressful and take a lot of preparation. As you start to gear up for that holiday road-trip, keep these helpful tips in mind for a smooth ride and safe arrival at your destination.

Illinois reaffirms the rights of bicyclists on roads throughout the state

Bicyclists generally have the right to use the road in Illinois - that is something that most people have long held as obvious under the law. However, last year a driver was accused of failing to yield to a bike rider and a judge threw out the citation finding conflicting rulings existed as to the rights of cyclists. That case involved the tragic death of a Viet Nam vet who took up cycling as a way to rehabilitate injuries he had suffered during his service to the country many years ago.

The Illinois General Assembly responded with overwhelming support of House Bill 5912, which has been signed and will take effect next year. The measure clarifies a subject that many believe has always been obvious. The law makes a clear statement that bicycle safety is important for everyone in Illinois.

Department of Transportation considers speed limiters for big rigs

With their large size and high speeds, trucks represent a major safety risk and are involved in thousands of fatalities on American highways each year. Last month, the U.S. Department of Transportation proposed a new regulation that would require all large commercial vehicles over 26,000 pounds be equipped with speed limiters. However, not all professional truckers think that's a good thing.

What are Speed Limiters?

Speed limiters, also called governors, are small devices that are attached to an engine's ECU -- or are sometimes part of the ECU's software itself -- that prevent a vehicle from going faster than a predetermined speed.

Cheating while obtaining a CDL leaves many at risk for injury

State and federal laws require truck drivers to obtain and maintain a valid commercial driver's license. The Illinois Secretary of State says that Congress passed the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety of 1986 due to a prior patchwork of laws that posed risks to anyone on the road when an unqualified driver got behind the wheel of a tractor trailer. To drive a massive truck in Illinois a driver must be qualified to handle the rig (subject to specified exemptions). To obtain a valid CDL, the driver must pass a battery of tests to show his or her knowledge and ability to safely handle the vehicle.

Unfortunately, major safety programs aimed at reducing the risks for serious injury and death can be sidestepped, at times, by unscrupulous people. The Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General recently released a report outlining several schemes that have been used by unqualified drivers to get a CDL.

Gruesome Mistakes Underscore Necessity of Medical Malpractice Litigation

OperatingRoom-300x200.jpgThe need for medical malpractice litigation is evident when medical care goes wrong and the hospital or physician at fault refuse to properly compensate the victim. The standard of care may vary depending on the location of the hospital and the experience of the staff. Cases involving negligent medical care or medical mistakes can be addressed by Chicago malpractice lawyers to protect the rights of the patient.

Government Tracking Hospitals to Crack Down on High Error Rates

HospitalHallway-300x173.jpgThe federal government is tracking data to crack down on hospitals that consistently commit high rates of avoidable or preventable errors in patient care. The government is relying on patient data collected by Medicare. The purpose of the program is to reduce "hospital-acquired conditions."

When Doctors Dream Up Ailments

doctor-1228627_1280-Pixabay-300x200.jpgDoctors who intentionally misdiagnose patients with conditions they do not have can pose a considerable risk to patient safety and quality of life. The treatments they prescribe are not only unnecessary, they may adversely affect patient health. When a physician deliberately misdiagnoses a patient with an ailment, they are committing fraud that is punishable by prison and fines.