Don’t Mix Sleds with Alcohol and Poor Light

Physicians in the U.K. have reported in a letter to the British Medical Journal an increase in sledding injuries following recent snow falls. The damages varied from minor fractures to serious injuries. It was their observation that many of these were caused by mixing poor light and drinking alcohol. PositiveTip: Enjoy winter's gift of snow. Sled…

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Insomnia Costly for Employers

A national (U.S.) cross-sectional telephone survey of almost 5000 people with health insurance revealed insomnia of a year or longer significantly increased the chances of costly workplace accidents or mistakes. The average reported cost for these accidents was $8102, and $26,188 for errors. The authors estimated that 7.2% of workplace errors and/or accidents are due…

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Pot and Driving Don’t Mix

A British meta-analysis of nine oberservational studies involving more than 49,000 participants revealed that driving under the influence of cannabis (marijuana) nearly doubles the risk of motor vehicle accidents compared to unimpaired driving. Acute cannabis consumption was determined by toxicologic analysis of whole blood or by self-reporting.PositiveTip: Driving while under the influence of any mind-numbing…

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Fatigue Impacts Healthcare Provider Quality of Work

Do you perform at your best when you are sleep deprived? None of us do, including our healthcare providers, according to a sentinel event alert from the Joint Commission. When residents work recurring 24 hours shifts, there were 36% more adverse events than when they worked only 16 hours at a time. They also made…

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Lack of Sleep in Teens and Young Adults

Teens and young adults who don't get adequate sleep are at higher risk for automobile crashes, poor grades and performance in school, depressed moods, and problems with peer and adult relationships.PositiveTip: Take sleep seriously, set regular times for going to sleep and waking up, and get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. 

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