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Anesthesia errors can cause major problems for patients

People who have surgery and other medical procedures may need to have anesthesia administered. Unfortunately, this comes with risks. Those risks should be explained to you ahead of time, but this might not be done. It's imperative that anyone who's going under anesthesia give informed consent unless the procedure is a critical emergency.

There are several categories of injuries that might occur when a person is placed under anesthesia. These include:

  • Tooth damage
  • Death
  • Nerve damage
  • Major organ damage
  • Pain
  • Cardiopulmonary arrest
  • Brain damage

What types of children's products are most dangerous?

One statistic published by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in 2013 captured how there are, on average, as many as 450 product recalls each year. Kids tend to find themselves attracted to handling particular objects or putting them in their mouths. The organization's researchers found that some products pose significantly more dangerous to children than others.

The 2013 CPSC report highlighted how dangerous trampolines could be. The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a public statement warning parents against purchasing trampolines a few years ago. They noted that trampolines are most dangerous when multiple children are jumping on them simultaneously. They pointed out that this puts kids at high risk for dislocations or fractures.

Child with serious injuries inspires those in Florida

A 7-year-old who suffered serious injuries in a car accident has turned into a source of inspiration for those in Florida.

The child and her mother were driving home back in 2019 when a drunk driver crashed into their car. The young girl who later said she "didn't feel very good," had a spinal cord injury and a TBI (traumatic brain injury). She was in critical condition and it was unclear if she would survive. Even if she did, experts thought she'd need a breathing machine and she'd be paralyzed for life.

Workers lose 11 days to injury on average

Did you get through the last year without losing any days to injury? Or maybe you missed a week as you recovered? Those sound like massively different situations (and they are), but the truth is that you're lucky if you're in either camp.

The average, after all, is 11 days per year. The cost of that is about $1,560 for each person, per year. Clearly, injuries are a major issue that cost businesses a lot of money.

Florida is dangerous for drivers, no matter how you sort the data

Looking at national car accident rates and fatality numbers does not always help to show people the risks they face on the road. The reality is that those risks vary drastically from one location to another, and some states rank much higher than others in terms of risk. It's important to break this down to see the types of dangers you actually face every day.

Unfortunately, no matter how you sort the data, Florida is one of the most dangerous states in the nation. That's just a truth that all drivers need to accept every time they get on the road.

A dog's history doesn't matter in Florida injury cases

When a dog attacks someone for the first time, the owner may honestly be shocked. They may say that they never knew the dog was dangerous and that the animal had never acted like this before. This is a very common response.

In fact, it is sometimes the reason for the attack. For instance, an owner may think their dog is docile and friendly, and so they'll let them out into the yard without a fence or a leash. Then the dog will charge at a child running down the sidewalk and bite, and there is nothing the owner can do.

Multi-car accident takes the life of 84-year-old woman

An 84-year-old woman in Florida is dead after the vehicle she was riding in got rear-ended by another vehicle in a multi-car crash on Florida's Turnpike.

Reports indicate that the accident happened around 6:23 p.m. on Monday, June 22. The vehicles were heading south. A pickup truck and a van both slowed down as traffic began to slow around them. Unfortunately, a second van did not slow down and slammed into the back of the first. That pushed the van into the pickup truck.

You have nearly a 1 in 100 chance of dying in a car accident

It's pretty common to think of car accidents as incidents you see on the nightly news, something that impacts other people's lives. That's the only way that you can look at the 35,000 annual car accident deaths and not feel a bit frightened to drive. You have to think it will not happen to you.

However, this mindset does not promote a realistic sense of safety on the road. The only way to work toward reducing those death totals is for people to understand the risks that they actually face.

What are some common swimming pool injuries?

It's that time of the year again when many of us here in Panama City will be hanging out by the pool to keep cool during the dog days of the summer. While swimming pools can be a lot of fun in the summer, they're also very dangerous -- particularly for children.

Data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that children ages one through four are incredibly vulnerable to accidentally drowning. Kids between the ages of one and 14 often drown in swimming pools as well. The CDC's statistics show that drowning is the second-leading reason for unintentional injuries among this population.

Left-turn accident takes one life

There are those who argue that one of the most dangerous things you can do on the road is to make a left turn, and the high prevalence of these accidents seems to support that. Recently, such a crash in Florida took one life and sent another person to the hospital.

The two victims involved were a 25-year-old man from Orlando, who was driving a sedan, and a 59-year-old man in a white van. The sedan was heading east and the van was heading west, both on the same road. At an intersection, the driver of the van tried to make a left turn, but the vehicle collided with the sedan as it went by.

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