Over 400 people die every day in the United States from accidental injuries. In 2018, unintentional injuries became the third leading cause of death for the first time in history, only beat by heart disease and cancer. According to the National Safety Council (N.S.C.), 47.2 million Americans reported injuries in 2017. Of these, 169,936 resulted in fatalities, and 100 percent of these deaths were preventable.
Maryland has some of the best medical facilities in the nation. But not every hospital is up to par. In the biannual Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades Report released last week, Maryland hospitals ranked 30th across the country for health and safety.
Here in Maryland, it’s homecoming season. I have three teenagers. Plans are being made for “the ask” (the over-the-top production of how one goes about asking their chosen date to attend) “the dress”, (self-explanatory) and “the ride” (who will have the most memorable limo arrival). All harmless high school fun, right? And the limo, while it may be pompous, does hold a certain “well, at least they won’t be driving” attraction for us worried parents, right? Maybe not.