electrical screenThere are several types of electrical injuries that can occur in the workplace, and the most serious of these is electrocution.

Many workers are frequently exposed to electrical energy in the course of their daily duties, and the risk of electrical injuries is always present. Some workers, however, may be at an even higher risk of electrical injuries and electrocutions than others.

Electrocution is a major risk in certain industries. For instance, in the construction industry, electrocution is one of the top four causes of fatalities every year. In 2014, electrocutions were responsible for 8% of all worker fatalities in private industry across the country.

00.WheelchairA new spinal injury treatment program focused on brain training has helped eight people who had serious spinal cord injuries regain some level of sensation and movement in their bodies.

According to researchers, the step-by-step brain training seemed to help trigger a connection between brain impulses and the body. The eight patients who had suffered paralysis after a spinal cord injury underwent training using virtual reality simulators and exoskeletons. After a period of time, the researchers found that the training helped trigger impulses in many of the undamaged nerves that had not been destroyed in the accidents and falls that caused these spinal cord injuries.

After these weeks of training, the researchers found that these patients were not able to move any of their limbs, and had no tactile sensation in the region below the level of the site of the injury. Some of the patients were also able to recover bladder and bladder control.  These functions had been lost after their injury.

spinal xrayEmergency Room negligence is still factor in many medical fatalities every year, but there is good news coming. A new study finds that hospital emergency room fatalities in the United States dropped dramatically; by nearly 50% over a 15- year period.

According to the research, based on an analysis of more than 368,000 visits to ER’s across the country between 1997 and 2011, there was a 48% drop in fatalities in emergency rooms. The bottom line is this: You are much less likely to die in a hospital emergency room now than you were a decade and a half ago.

According to the researchers, there has been a marked increase in the number of patients in hospice care (at home to care for the terminally ill), as well as improvements in the scope and nature of emergency room medicine. Each of these have contributed to the drop in ER mortality. In addition, ER staff now have access to medical technology that makes it much easier for them to respond quickly and appropriately to manage conditions like strokes, heart attacks, or serious personal injuries.

bus-878697_1920A beloved Indianapolis elementary school principle was killed last year when one of the school’s buses struck her. She was noted as a hero as she saved several children by pushing them to safety but was unable to save herself. Investigations revealed that the bus did not have the parking break engaged, which allowed the vehicle to learch forward with tragic results.

While this appears to be a rare event that received many headlines, the Department of Transportation reports that on average each year, 135 people die as a result of school transportation related injuries. Of those, 21% were pedestrians, as in the one mentioned above. As Indiana’s children return to school, it is critical that they are aware of traffic safety and of the dangers of school buses. For instance, nearly half of the pedestrian injuries which are a part of the DOT report, occur in the morning hours, when it is often dark in some parts of the country. This is certainly true in Indiana where children often walk to school before daylight in the late fall, winter and spring.

In addition, many people are not at their best in the early morning. They may not be fully awake and are less likely to pay attention to their surroundings. This is true of both the children walking to school or getting off the bus, as well as the drivers who cause the injuries.

child and boatThere’s nothing children like more than a day out on the water, and as a parent you cherish these precious memories. Remember however, that children are at a high risk of injuries in boating accidentsBoating with children involves numerous challenges. You must take precautions to make sure that your precious cargo is safe at all times. Whether you are boating with infants, toddlers, or older children, you must take all necessary safety steps.

Toddlers are much more likely to get fidgety, restless, or cranky while on a boat where there is limited space to run around, and it’s important that parents take these challenges into consideration before they get on a boat with young children. You don’t want distractions while you are boating and toddler tantrums can definitely be a distraction.

Make sure that your toddlers and infants are safely equipped with life-saving gear to keep them safe. Infants should be safely restrained in infant life jackets. Life jackets for children should have a collar that turns their head and face upwards if they’re in the water. Buy your life jackets in a very visible color like bright yellow or orange. It’s also a good idea to make sure that life jackets are equipped with a plastic safety whistle. Practice using the safety whistle with your children before they wear the jacket.

accupuncture1063One of the long-term consequences of traumatic brain injury is recurrent headaches. A new study finds that acupuncture could provide relief to people who have suffered a traumatic brain injury and are struggling with these headaches.

The study was published recently in the journal Medical Acupuncture, and found that auricular acupuncture was more beneficial in helping reduce the impact of headaches, compared to traditional Chinese acupuncture. The study was performed on members of the US military, who had suffered mild to moderate traumatic brain injury, and continued to suffer headaches as a result of their injuries. Traumatic brain injury is an epidemic in the US military, and approximately 80 percent of service members who have suffered a brain injury complain of recurrent headaches.

The researchers monitored these service members over the six-week study period, and evaluated the quality of life of those who were given normal care, with those who were given either auricular acupuncture or traditional acupuncture sessions. They found that the service members, who had been provided auricular acupuncture treatments, were better able to deal with their headache symptoms.

001338.SparklerWe’ve written extensively about the importance of fireworks safety. It’s of critical concern this time of year. Adults and children both enjoy the beautiful colors and large explosions. It adds drama and excitement to our nation’s birthday celebration. Created over 2000 years ago, fireworks have become ubiquitous during celebrations of all sorts, from New Years to the end of a baseball game. No where are they more familiar than in the Independence Day celebrations across the nation.

Representing the “rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air” from Francis Scott Key’s national anthem many fireworks shows feature amazing displays.

Even in the hands of highly trained professionals, the use of fireworks is a dangerous and risky proposition. For those yearly armatures who purchase highly explosive entertainment and fail to take the proper precautions, the risks of injury escalates dramatically.

0123 BoatSummer is here, and that means many Hoosiers will head out onto the beautiful waters to enjoy the warm water and breezy days. Boating in summer is magical, but it can quickly turn deadly. Even if you are an experienced boater, it is important to review your boating safety precautions, before the start of the summer season.

There are some precautions that every boater must take, no matter how experienced he is.

First, a boater should always check the weather updates before getting out on the boat. If the weather promises to turn threatening in the hours ahead, postpone your plans. Severe weather can be threatening in even the smallest bodies of water.

bicycle helmetA bicycle helmet is critically important to bicyclist safety. Bicyclists are at a much higher risk of suffering injuries, especially head injuries in accidents, and wearing the right kind of bicycle helmet can play a critical role in determining whether a bicyclist survives his injuries, or succumbs to them.

Although, modern bicycle helmets are sleeker, lighter, stronger and sturdier than their counterparts of the past, the fact is that helmets can be made tougher and more durable to help protect the skull from severe impact during a bicycle accident. A group of inventors is launching a new Smart bike helmet that uses innovative technology to help bicyclists avoid accidents.

The Smart bike helmet has cameras that are located both in the front and back to scan the environment around a bicyclist. Information from around the environment is processed and sent to the bicyclist. The bicyclist is alerted when a car is approaching him from behind, or when a vehicle is in his blind spot. The helmet comes with red brake lights that turn on when it detects that the bicyclist is reducing speed.

Going UnderBack in the 1940’s, approximately 69 out of every million who underwent a surgery under anesthesia, died as a result of anesthesia-related injuries. Over the next few decades however, those numbers were dramatically reduced, and going under anesthesia doesn’t automatically mean a much higher rate of death now.

However, despite great advances in anesthetic medicine, anesthesia is still not 100% safe. One of the responsibilities of your medical/surgical team, which includes your anesthesiologist, is to ensure that you’re not at a high risk for anesthesia injuries. They must account for those factors that put the patient at higher risk for complications related to the use of anethesia.

For instance, older patients are at a much higher risk of injury from anesthesia. In fact, the worldwide rate of anesthesia injuries has actually been inching upwards in recent years, and researchers point to the increasing numbers of older people going under the knife as one of the main factors contributing to this increase. As life expediencies increase, the numbers of older patients undergoing surgery has also increased. Older patients, who may have a history of cardiovascular problems including heart attacks, heart problems, or high blood pressure, have a much higher risk of anesthesia-related complications.