Illinois Hospitals Penalized for Injuries, Infections

According to information from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 23 Illinois hospitals will be penalized this year for unacceptable rates of injuries an infections- incidents that will cost them an estimated $12 million in reimbursements. The exact amount each hospital will be penalized is not yet available. Obama’s Affordable Care Act carries […]

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Need for Speed Accounts for More Than 1/3 of Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were an estimated 5.7 million auto accidents in the United States in 2013 resulting in approximately 32,720 fatalities. Speeding was a factor in 29 percent of those deaths (9613). Unfortunately, data reported by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) regarding speed related accidents in Illinois […]

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Avoid Slips, Falls and Other Winter Injuries in Chicago

When winter comes to Chicago, the seasonal change brings injury risks along with the holiday festivities. Some of winter’s hazards are obvious. For example, most Chicago drivers know how to navigate snowy and icy roads, and commuters who take public transportation know to protect their skin from freezing winds. However, other risks are caused by […]

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Why Patients Should Fear Diagnostic Errors

Errors in diagnosis are the top cause for medical malpractice lawsuits in the United States. Despite these staggering statistics, diagnostic errors have not been the subject of attention in Chicago the way that other malpractice issues, such as hospital-acquired infections, obstetrical negligence and medication errors have. Dr. Gordon Schiff, a faculty member at Harvard Medical […]

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Slip and Fall Accidents are a Leading Cause of Death and Disability

Accidents that are attributed to slips, trips, and falls are more common than many Americans realize. According to the National Floor Safety Institute (NFSI), fall accidents are the leading cause of injuries that result in hospital emergency room visits, accounting for more than eight million emergency room visits each year in the United States, with […]

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The Importance of the Nursing Home Care Act

To counter the increasing number of nursing home neglect and elder abuse crimes, the Illinois General Assembly passed the Nursing Home Care Act in 2010. Since then, the legislation has been amended and cited numerous times in cases that have been filed against both family members and nursing home providers who have administered substandard care […]

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Using Technology to Prevent Collisions

Technology is evolving at a rapid pace. Some of the technology that is being rolled out is making driving safer for motorists around the world. Among the most notable features that are being installed on automobiles are forward collision prevention systems. Forward collision prevention systems, also known as collision avoidance systems, utilize radar and cameras […]

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