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Should cellphones be banned in the operating room?

If you've ever seen a medical TV show where an operation was carried out, the medical team was likely very dialed in and focused on the operation. They may have talked to one another, but they all focused on the task at hand.

In real life, unfortunately, that's not always the level of care you get from your surgeon. Reports show that many doctors get very distracted, and the reason is often the same one that is behind so much distracted driving: The smartphone.

Common myths about bicycle accidents

The country has embraced bicycles as a green way to travel with the bonus of healthy exercise. It seems like a win-win situation.

Many people fondly remember riding bicycles when they were young, but the carefree days of youth are only a memory. Bicycles are still an enjoyable way to reach destinations; however, traffic is heavier, and riding is not as safe as it was on the residential streets of childhood.

What should you do if you encounter an aggressive driver?

You're driving along, minding your own business, and all of a sudden you come across an aggressive driver. Even though you hope to avoid a conflict, you know that removing yourself from harm's way is easier said than done.

Here are five immediate steps to take if you encounter an aggressive driver:

  • Don't become angry yourself: Just because someone is screaming at you doesn't mean you have to respond in the same manner.
  • Realize that people make mistakes: Don't assume that a person is being an aggressive driver. There are times when people make mistakes, such as changing lanes without signaling.
  • Don't make eye contact: One of the best ways to calm the situation is to keep your eyes on the road. Making eye contact can quickly escalate the conflict.
  • Don't tailgate: If you're behind someone who has annoyed you, leave a good amount of space. Tailgating the person doesn't do anyone any good.
  • Don't block the person: You may consider this your way of teaching them a lesson, but it will anger the person while increasing the risk of an accident.

Follow these tips when driving on the highway

When you merge onto the highway, your entire mindset should change. The way you tackle these roadways should be different from how you drive in the city.

With vehicles moving extremely fast, especially in and around big cities like Atlanta, you must know exactly what you're doing when you take to the highway. Here are five tips that can help keep you safe:

  • Move into the right lane: It's best to stay here, as the left lane(s) is for passing. When you do this, you're putting yourself in the safest place on the highway.
  • Use turn signals when changing lanes: You must signal every time you make a lane change, as this gives other drivers a clear idea of your intentions.
  • Watch what's happening around you: It's critical to keep an eye on the road, but you must also see what other drivers are doing. This allows you to prepare for anything that could happen, such as someone cutting you off or abruptly hitting their brakes.
  • Don't drive in an aggressive manner: Defensive driving is essential to your safety on the highway. There is never a good time to become aggressive.
  • Avoid distractions: It's likely that you've come across drivers who were not paying attention to the road, such as when talking on a cellphone or sending a text message. Avoiding distractions greatly enhances your safety.

Do you have an attractive nuisance on your property?

Do you assume that anyone who comes onto your property without permission and gets injured won't have a case against you since they were trespassing? That's not always how it works, especially with children. If you have an attractive nuisance, you could still be liable.

Examples of an attractive nuisance include things like a swimming pool, a dangerous animal, a well or a tunnel. Swimming pools are perhaps the most common.

Got a motorcycle for Christmas? Follow these safety tips

Did you get a motorcycle for the holidays? Maybe your special someone went all-out with a gift. Perhaps you just decided to treat yourself to what you have always wanted. Whatever the reason, riding a motorcycle for the first time is an exciting experience.

There are some things you should know about riding your motorcycle safety. The road can be a dangerous and unpredictable place when you are on a small vehicle that does not have adequate protection. Here are some guidelines for being safe as you share the road with passenger cars, trucks and commercial vehicles.

Is your teen a safe driver? Tips for talking about this

When it's finally time for your teen to hit the road without parental supervision, you must be confident in their ability to handle any situation that comes their way. That's why it's so important to talk about safe driving in the appropriate manner (and as often as possible).

Here are four things that make it easier to talk to your teen about safe driving:

  • Show them, don't tell them: Yes, you want to share your advice on safe driving, but you should also set a good example when your teen is in the car with you.
  • Explain the facts: Talk to your teen about the dangers of distracted driving. Share statistics associated with drunk driving and drowsy driving. The more facts you lay out the more likely it is that your teen will follow the rules of the road.
  • Answer questions: If you continually preach, never listening to your teen, they may eventually tune you out. It's important to answer their questions and let them know you're available to discuss anything that comes to light.
  • Stick with it: Just because your teen drives for a few months without incident doesn't mean you should stop talking to them about safety. Stick with your plan over the long run.

Will the 'Textalyzer' bring a swift end to texting and driving?

Police forces throughout the United States have been using the "Breathalyzer" device to identify, arrest and convict drunk drivers for decades. This has served to dramatically decrease deaths and injuries caused by drunk drivers, but now there's a new threat on the block: texting-while-driving. Whether this behavior involves commenting on Facebook or posting on Instagram through a smartphone or tablet while driving a vehicle, many believe that it's more dangerous than drunk driving because of the way texting-while-driving requires motorists to take their eyes off the road.

Police in Georgia have new technology to combat texting-while-driving, and they're calling it a "Textalyzer." Just like the Breathalyzer can identify people who were secretly drinking before getting behind the wheel, the Textalyzer can identify drivers who were secretly texting while operating their cars.

Tracking surgical sponges is vital to patient health

Sometimes a patient will go to an Atlanta medical facility for a routine surgery and everything appears to go well. However, after several days of recovery, the patient notices that his or her pain is getting worse instead of better. This pain might even include fever. It could be a sign of a surgical souvenir — i.e., an object left in the patient's body during surgery.

The most common object that surgeons leave in patients are surgical sponges. With so many things happening during the surgery process, surgical sponges are easy to lose track of, but it only takes a single sponge to cause a very serious problem.

2 aspects of keeping scaffolds safe for workers

Have you ever been on-the-job at a Georgia construction site, climbed up to the top of a scaffold and discovered that the entire structure was unsteady and wobbling? It's hard to believe, but countless construction workers endure conditions like this on a daily basis -- which can lead to catastrophic injuries and death.

If you're concerned about scaffold safety at your website, here are the two most important aspects of keeping scaffolds safe:

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