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February 2020 Archives

Boarding causes ER overcrowding, raises risk for patient injury

Iowa residents may notice the next time they enter an emergency room that it's unusually crowded. Overcrowding in ERs has been an issue for more than a decade. The Institute of Medicine made a report on it back in 2007, saying that overcrowding raises the risk for patient injury through delays in treatment, the delayed administration of drugs and diagnostic errors. Patients may suffer from excessively long hospital stays as a result.

Medication errors put patient health at risk

When Iowa residents visit a doctor or a hospital due to an illness, they may expect to receive a correct diagnosis and proper treatment. When they go to the pharmacy to fill their prescription, they may expect to receive an appropriate drug to treat their condition. However, in too many cases, medication errors may interfere with people receiving the care they need. In some cases, these mistakes may even lead to more serious health conditions. There are several issues that patients can look out for in an attempt to protect their well-being.

Do red light cameras make the roads safer?

Traffic accidents caused by Iowa drivers running red lights can be deadly. In the United States, around 800 people each year are killed in collisions caused when one driver ran a red light, and many thousands more suffer severe injuries. Over half of the victims in these crashes are pedestrians, cyclists and people in other vehicles. As a result, many cities across the country have looked for solutions to make the roads safer. Red light cameras offer one means of cracking down on drivers running red lights while also increasing revenue for the city. The cameras are mounted atop traffic lights and capture the image of a car's license plate if it goes through a red light. Later, drivers receive a ticket in the mail.

Drivers may not realize just how much space tractor-trailers need

You have probably driven next to a tractor-trailer hundreds of times. The first couple times you drove next to a tractor-trailer may have been nerve-racking. You may have only had your learner's permit at that time, but now you are a seasoned driver, and you may not give it a second thought when you encounter one of these large trucks on the road.

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