Imagine another car lightly taps your bumper and the brief impact results in a small dent. You think, “It’s not a big deal,” – you and the other driver decide not to contact your insurance carriers. You still exchange names and phone numbers, just in case something comes up. The incident is behind you, until the next time you’re at the body shop or worse, you get a call from the other driver’s insurance carrier.
When we’re admitted to the hospital for sickness or injury, we assume the system works to keep us safe. As patients, we do not expect to develop infections or experience a medical error during a hospital stay. Yet the Institute for Healthcare Improvement reports as many as 440,000 annual deaths from preventable hospital mistakes.
When you’re running late and need to get through traffic, you may put the pedal to the metal and travel beyond the posted limit. You may get to your destination sooner, but at what cost? As statistics show, speeding literally kills.
When your children are old enough to ride in the car without a booster seat, you likely teach them how to buckle their seat belt. Although it’s the law in Connecticut for all passenger vehicle occupants to wear a seat belt, these safety restraints are not found in our state’s school buses.