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Top 10 Patient Safety Issues for 2018

Posted by Lara Vitiello on February 22, 2018

Whether you are hospitalized for an illness or a scheduled procedure – it’s safe to say, the sooner you can leave the hospital, the better. No one wants an extended stay in the hospital.   While researching patient safety issues, we came across this insightful article from Becker’s Hospital Review. It outlines the top 10 patient […]

Share The Road Safely With Semi-Trucks

Posted by Lara Vitiello on January 23, 2018

Semi-truck accidents make-up a small percentage of total motor vehicle accidents, but they cause more destruction, more severe injuries, and have a greater percentage of fatalities. The reasons are obvious – their size is mammoth compared to a car, they weigh up to 20 times more, they take longer to stop, and they have more (and bigger) blind […]

Vehicle Breakdown Safety Tips

Posted by Lara Vitiello on January 9, 2018

Sadly, two separate fatal pedestrian accidents occurred this week on St. Louis roadways. In one instance, a pedestrian was struck and killed while attempting to run across Interstate 55 near 7th street. In the other accident, two teenagers were killed while attempting to push a stalled vehicle off a road in Jefferson County near Hillsboro. One of the scariest […]

January is National Radon Action Month

Posted by Lara Vitiello on January 8, 2018

What is Radon? What are the Risks? You can’t see, smell or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year. In fact, the EPA and the […]

Why Shoveling Snow Could Kill You

Posted by Lara Vitiello on January 5, 2018

Bomb Cyclone, Snowmageddon, Snowpocalypse, the Polar Vortex Whatever you call it – it’s still just a really big snowstorm. But with really big snow storms – and even everyday, run-of-the-mill snowfalls – comes a risk of death by shoveling. Nationwide, snow shoveling is responsible for thousands of injuries and as many as 100 deaths each […]

Top IRS Tax Scams for 2017

Posted by Lara Vitiello on January 4, 2018

Each year the IRS publishes a list of the top ‘Tax Scams’. This list highlights the myriad of ways unscrupulous people try to steal your money or hijack your tax return. Please remember that the IRS will NEVER contact you via phone, email or text.   They always communicate in writing via the U.S. mail. Here […]

Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Posted by Lara Vitiello on January 2, 2018

Carbon monoxide, also known as CO, is called the “Invisible Killer” because it’s a colorless, odorless, poisonous gas.  According to the CPSC, more than 150 people in the Unites States die every year from accidental CO poisoning associated with consumer products, such as furnaces and generators.  The month of January has the most accidental deaths from CO […]

Avoid Opioids: 5 Alternatives for Pain Management

Posted by Lara Vitiello on December 12, 2017

This article originally appeared in the Fall 2017 issue of Living Safer Magazine (Vol. 9 Ed. 3)   Legal & Safety Blog Avoid Opioids:  5 Alternatives for Pain Management By Matthew Casey   Pain is the most common reason people seek medical care, according to the National Institute for Health. One hundred million Americans suffer […]

How to Protect Workers in Cold Weather

Posted by Lara Vitiello on December 8, 2017

Prolonged exposure to freezing or cold temperatures may cause serious health problems such as trench foot (prolonged exposure of the feet to damp, cold conditions), frostbite and hypothermia. In extreme cases, including cold water immersion, exposure can lead to death. Danger signs include uncontrolled shivering, slurred speech, clumsy movements, fatigue and confused behavior. If these […]

Electric Space Heater Safety

Posted by Lara Vitiello on December 7, 2017

According to the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), while 32 percent of home heating fires involve space heaters, they are involved in 79 percent of home heating fire deaths. The peak months for home heating fires are December, January and February. The NFPA cautions the public to practice safe home heating behaviors by following these electric […]

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Top 10 Patient Safety Issues for 2018

Whether you are hospitalized for an illness or a scheduled procedure – it’s safe to say, the sooner you can leave the hospital, the better. No one wants an extended stay in the hospital.   While researching patient safety issues, we came across this insightful article from Becker’s Hospital Review. It outlines the top 10 patient […] more

Share The Road Safely With Semi-Trucks

Semi-truck accidents make-up a small percentage of total motor vehicle accidents, but they cause more destruction, more severe injuries, and have a greater percentage of fatalities. The reasons are obvious – their size is mammoth compared to a car, they weigh up to 20 times more, they take longer to stop, and they have more (and bigger) blind […] more

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Sadly, two separate fatal pedestrian accidents occurred this week on St. Louis roadways. In one instance, a pedestrian was struck and killed while attempting to run across Interstate 55 near 7th street. In the other accident, two teenagers were killed while attempting to push a stalled vehicle off a road in Jefferson County near Hillsboro. One of the scariest […] more

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