Kids across Baltimore are already gearing up to hit the streets this Halloween, strategizing the best costumes and neighborhood routes to collect the most candy possible in only a few hours. However, while kids are planning the fun, parents should be preparing for safety. There are a number of dangers that accompany Halloween posing serious harm to children and other holiday enthusiasts out for the night. Knowing what to plan for and how to stay safe can help ensure everyone makes it home in one piece after their epic Halloween celebrations.
Smoking is “cool” again and health officials are concerned. The use of traditional cigarettes among children and teens has significantly decreased over the past few years. However, with the introduction of vaping and e-cigarettes, smoking is on the rise again. More than 20% of current high school students have reported using e-cigarettes at least once according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and these vaping products are not as safe as originally advertised.
In 2017, a boy scout from Maryland was cliff climbing with a friend in New Mexico when he fell and hit his head. He was airlifted to a nearby hospital where doctors told the boy’s parents that he had suffered a traumatic brain injury and that his life was in serious jeopardy. After spending months in a coma and months in rehab, this brave teen is still struggling to recover from his injuries- a struggle that could last a lifetime.
Medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States according to a John Hopkins study, responsible for approximately 250,000 fatalities every year. Patients cannot foresee every medical error that may be committed by their doctor, but they have far more control over becoming a victim of medical negligence than they might think. Sometimes all it takes to reduce the chances of injuries or illnesses due to medical errors is choosing the right doctor and avoiding the common mistakes most patients make when settling on a healthcare provider.