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How safe are South Carolina freeways?

If you drive on the busy freeways that run through Greenville, South Carolina, then you know they can be quite hazardous. Greenville is a busy hub where interstate freeways I-385, I-85 and I-185 bring motor vehicles and 18-wheeler trucks into close contact 24 hours a day. 

Navigating the interstate freeways can be dangerous, especially with long-haul truckers, poor road conditions and distracted drivers. Serious injury can result. Keeping yourself safe is important. 

Driving tips for when there is snow

South Carolina gets a little bit of snow each year. Upstate South Carolina sees quite a lot of snow each year with Caesars Head State Park getting about eight inches of snow each year on average. Other cities typically see less than an inch. 

Driving in snow can be tricky, especially if you have never done it before. Even if there is only a little bit of snow on roadways, you still need to be careful. You want to avoid a collision and potential injury, so follow these handy tips. 

Tips for driving safely in fog

Fog can creep up on you. It settles in quietly and covers everything in its path. It is not like a storm that announces its arrival with thunder. It really does sneak up on you. Whether it is light or thick, fog poses a danger on the road. It prevents you from having a clear line of sight and increases the chances of an accident occurring.

While you may not get a warning there will be fog when you need to drive, you can take control once you are on the road. If you run into fog, it is essential you know how to handle it so you can stay safe.

3 tips for safely driving around trucks on Greenville highways

When you are driving on Interstates 85, 185 and 385, you might be in a rush. Whether you are going to work or going to Atlanta for a night out, you need to be careful on the highway, especially around large trucks. Commercial 18-wheelers can be frustrating to share the road with at times, but it is necessary to keep some safety tips in mind when you are around them. 

Driving safely around big rigs is key to avoiding accidents that can cause catastrophic injuries and death. Keep reading for the best ways to stay safe around commercial trucks with information from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Preventing pressure sores

One serious problem faced by many people in nursing homes is that of bedsores or pressure ulcers. These sores damage the cells of the skin. People who cannot freely move about are at the highest risk for bedsores. Pressure against the skin causes bedsores. The pressure does not even have to be that great; it simply has to cut off the blood circulation to a particular area. Common sites where bedsores occur are on the tailbone, shoulder blades, heels, backs of arms and legs, or on the hip. 

If you have a loved one in a nursing home who has mobility issues, you might want to watch for these warning signs of bedsores:

  • Changes in skin color
  • Swelling
  • The skin feels cooler or warmer to the touch than the surrounding areas
  • The skin is tender
  • Pus-like draining 

Incorrect diagnosis can come from lab reports

People who go to the doctor rely on the doctor and others who are involved in their care to get an accurate diagnosis. Many people tend to think about incorrect diagnosis situations occurring when a diagnosis is missed. For example, a person who has cancer not being diagnosed with cancer so the disease is left unchecked. This isn't the only way that an incorrect diagnosis can occur.

Some patients are finding out that the lab results from biopsy tests are being reported as being cancerous when the biopsy result was actually benign. This is a disturbing situation because it means that patients might actually undergo harsh treatments that are completely unnecessary.

How to store your fireworks safely

Perhaps you bought your fireworks on July 4 and discovered at the end of the night that you had bought too many. No problem - you can save them for another holiday or even for next July 4.

However, if they are stored improperly, that could mean property damage and injuries to yourself or to others. Even fireworks from legitimate manufacturers and sellers do malfunction sometimes. Make sure to follow these guidelines to keep your family safe this summer.

Labs sometimes provide incorrect results to patients

When you realize that you have a lump somewhere on your body and it doesn't go away, you might decide to make a trip to the doctor for help determining what is going on with you. This is a situation in which you are actually putting your trust in your doctor with something that is very serious. But, did you realize that you are putting your trust in complete strangers?

You are trusting that the people who handle any blood work or biopsies are going to do their jobs properly. This, however, isn't the way that these situations always work out. Errors can sometimes lead to patients getting incorrect information.

GranuFlo dangers are documented, but product is still used

People who rely on dialysis to survive are taking a risk each time they hook up to the machine. This is because the machine actually pulls blood from the body, filters it and returns it to the body. At each step during this process, there are risks.

The medications that a dialysis patient takes adds another layer of risk to the process. For patients who have used GranuFlo, there is a chance of heart damage and even death. The risk is even higher when the product isn't prescribed appropriately.

Tips for preserving evidence after a car accident

After a car accident, your first priority should be seeking emergency medical attention if you or any passengers need it. There are other priorities too, of course, such as contacting the police and ensuring your safety (for example, you could move your car if the accident was minor, or set up road flares).

Another important thing is to preserve evidence carefully. Doing this could be the difference between you getting the compensation you are entitled to versus an amount little more than peanuts.

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