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Identifying the professionals responsible for nursing home care

When families are searching for a reputable nursing home facility in Georgia, they often spend considerable time comparing their options to select one that will be the most applicable fit for their loved one. Often, this requires them to compare similarities and differences regarding location, pricing and fees, medical care and overall patient experience before making their final decision. 

The staff at a nursing home is tasked with caring for each resident and ensuring that each person under their care is receiving customized, compassionate and respectful assistance. Failure to adequately monitor or care for patients can levy legal punishments against careless facilities. Accusations of elder abuse and neglect can ultimately destroy a facility's ability to maintain a good reputation and may even compromise their privileges to continue operating. 

Post-concussion driving performance studied at UGA

We often hear of an athlete sustaining a concussion; a football player, for example. After a week of recovery, he may feel fine and be back on the field. What about a motorist who has apparently recovered from a concussion? The findings of a study conducted at the University of Georgia reveal a different outcome.

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Phones and workplace accidents

People often realize how dangerous it can be to use a phone while driving. Sadly, many distracted drivers have caused accidents which claimed innocent lives because they were sending a text, reading an email or using their smartphone in some other way. It is important to keep in mind that phone use can also be very dangerous in the workplace, especially in some fields. For example, someone working on a construction site may fail to pay attention to their surroundings and cause an accident because they were distracted by their phone.

In many workplace settings, distractions are problematic for a number of reasons. Not only do they get in the way of productivity, but they can be very dangerous. Some workers use their phones to keep in touch with loved ones while they are on the job or follow their interests even though they are supposed to be working. Regardless of why an employee uses his or her phone on the job, this behavior in unacceptable when it endangers the safety of others.

Managing fatigue in the workplace

Many workers in Georgia are overtired, and this is negatively affecting their impact on the job. Not only does fatigue decrease productivity but it also increases safety risks, especially in certain industries. Employers are seeing the financial impact of fatigue and are trying to manage it to improve safety and their bottom line.

According to the National Safety Council, the industries that are the most impacted from employee fatigue include transportation, construction, utilities and manufacturing. These safety-sensitive jobs require concentration, quick reaction time, cognitive ability and mental alertness, and errors can result in serious injury and even death. Unfortunately, not all employees see the risks associated with fatigue. Employers, however, see a direct association with productivity and safety. Because of this, more employers are beginning to utilize techniques to decrease fatigue on the job.

Nursing home sued over resident's fatal fall

Those who entrust the care of their loved ones to nursing homes in Rome do so with the expectation that the staffs of such facilities are willing and equipped to provide the type of monitored and consistent care they themselves cannot. If concerns exist about a facility's ability to do so, one may look at the fact that a facility is licensed through the state as evidence that such worries are not warranted. Yet simply because a facility has a current license to provide care does not mean that instances of abuse and neglect have not happened there before. 

The story behind a recent lawsuit filed by the family of a former resident at an Oregon nursing home illustrates this fact. The facility had been cited for violations over failing to monitor residents while in the restroom, to prevent and treat bed sores, to investigate incidents between residents, and to administer medications appropriately. Yet despite these issues, the facility was licensed at the time of the incident addressed in the lawsuit.

Allergy season and the risk of an accident

In many parts of the country, people struggle with allergies due to pollen during September, especially ragweed pollen. Allergies can make daily life very difficult, causing someone to have terrible headaches, a runny nose and constant sneezing. While these challenges may not seem very serious, especially since they are temporary and eventually pass when pollen levels go down, they can make life incredibly hard. Unfortunately, those with severe allergies may be more likely to cause a collision for different reasons.

So, how can seasonal allergies lead to a motor vehicle wreck? For starters, allergy sufferers may suffer from fatigue while driving, due to not getting enough sleep at night because their allergies kept them up. Moreover, some drivers may be drowsy after taking medication to help with their symptoms. Aside from this, a driver may become distracted by their allergies due to sneezing, reaching for a tissue or rubbing their eyes. Clearly, there are a number of reasons why allergies can be dangerous when it comes to road safety.

Having a seizure behind the wheel

There are many threats to safety when it comes to driving. Some threats are fully within a person’s ability to control, but they fail to do so as a result of their reckless behavior (driving while taking drugs or drinking alcohol, speeding and so forth). There are other risk factors that a driver may not be able to control, such as having a seizure behind the wheel. For example, those with epilepsy may pose a very serious threat to others on the road if they decide to drive and end up having a seizure.

Unfortunately, those with epilepsy may drive even if they are not supposed to, for various reasons. For example, they may need to get to work and drive themselves when the person who usually gives them a ride is not available. Unfortunately, if they have a seizure while driving they could cause a very serious accident, losing control and slamming into another vehicle. Some people may also experience non-epileptic seizures while driving, and these can be completely unexpected.

How many seniors are licensed to drive?

Some people may assume that those who are older may not be able to carry out certain tasks as well, although this is certainly not always true. For example, many seniors drive on a regular basis and are fully capable on handling driving responsibilities well. Unfortunately, some may neglect certain areas of concern, such as those related to eyesight, which can be problematic behind the wheel. If you are a senior driver, or someone you love is an older driver, it is important to be aware of these issues.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there were over 40 million people who were over the age of 65 and licensed to drive in the U.S. during 2015. The CDC also points out that auto accident injury and fatality risks increase with age, but there are a number of ways in which drivers who are older can ensure safety while behind the wheel. Moreover, the CDC notes that driving can be incredibly beneficial for seniors, giving them independence and mobility.

Are pedestrian fatalities decreasing?

In recent years, a great deal of attention has been devoted to traffic safety and reducing the likelihood of various types of traffic accidents, such as large truck wrecks and drunk driving accidents. However, pedestrian accidents are another very concerning aspect of traffic safety and these incidents can be especially damaging for pedestrians, who can be especially vulnerable to suffering a major injury or passing away. Furthermore, it is important for pedestrians to be aware of trends and the number of lives that are claimed in these accidents.

According to information that is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there has been an increase in the number of pedestrian fatalities in recent years. Sadly, the number of pedestrian fatalities increased between 2009 and 2015. However, there was a major decrease in the number of pedestrian fatalities (50 percent) between 1980 and 2009. This data shows that while recent years have seen progress in comparison to previous decades, trends remain worrisome.

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