Nurses deserve respect

There is no more blessed career out there than being a nurse. It’s a role that requires constant service and care for the weakest and most desperate. It’s a role that every community needs.

Being a nurse isn’t always the most thanked job in the world. While doctors are regularly lauded (and rightly so) for their incredible and miraculous work as healers, nurses are often just an afterthought in that praise, almost incidental people who happened to be there.

We can see that in the stereotypes about the two roles. When people think of doctors, they think of confident, strong-willed, brilliant individuals. When they think of nurses, however, they think of sexy outfits or matronly women who double-check whether the IV drip is working properly.

Putting the obvious sexism aside for now, this seriously diminishes the role nurses in the health of their patients. Nurses are usually the first medical professional the patient meets and often the last. Nurses are a constant presence in the life of those who are staying in hospitals or else regularly visiting doctor’s offices, and it is often left to the nurses to build the real rapport with the patients that are required for medicine to be truly effective.

Though nurses are not able to prescribe medicine themselves, they are still experts in their field and are more than capable of assisting most medical issues. In fact, the increasing use of nurse stations around the country as opposed to doctor’s office visits is a sign of just how competent nurses are.

Respecting nursing as a profession is important for reasons beyond the need to express genuine gratitude to such important workers. This lack of respect can often turn into abuse of nurses as employees. Many nurses are asked to work beyond their required hours, to clock out when they should still be on the clock, to work before or after a shift, to continue visiting patients even though they will not be given compensation. These are only some of the issues.

It is worth pointing out that all of these practices are illegal, but with the stereotype about nurses being their superhuman desire to assist (while still being replaceable because they aren’t doctors), there seems to be an inability for many (even hospital personnel and managers) to recognize the poor treatment they are subjecting their nurses to.

While nurses are, as a whole, very giving and generous individuals, that does not mean anyone has the right to abuse those qualities. Nurses already work long, hard hours, on their feet and dealing with very stressful and difficult situations. Much of their work is labor intensive. They have to deal with the sick, the angry, the grieving, and many others. Throughout such a shift, they deserve to be paid.


Abuses like this are likely to lead to an eventual decline in the number of nurses. To avoid such a nightmare scenario (and a world with too few nurses would be a nightmare), it is crucial that nurses begin to get the recognition and respect they deserve as important parts of the healing and treatment process.

Truck Problems and the Consequences of Collisions

According to the United States Department of Transportation (US DOT), Americans have driven more than 3 Trillion miles in the last year alone. These numbers are huge and are perhaps not shocking to anyone who has driven on American highways in the past twelve months. The sheer number of vehicles on the road makes it easy to comprehend just why there are so many accidents on the road that ultimately result in serious injuries or even death.

When you factor in the large number of trucks and 18-wheelers on U.S. roadways, the picture becomes even more convoluted. Transporting goods by truck is still a major method of delivery for so many U.S. and international industries, and it is unlikely to change anytime soon. For drivers who have ever shared a highway with the massive trucks that make up a part of our nation’s shipping and transport infrastructure, we know all-too-well the dangers that these massive vehicles pose to consumer health and safety.

The sheer size and weight of semi-trucks alone make them dangerous vehicles on our nation’s roads and highways. Considering the heavy load they are often hauling, the weight of the vehicles can reach massive amounts of tons, which can cause devastating damage to a light car, truck, motorcycle, or pedestrian in the event of a collision. If a truck is improperly balanced or overloaded, the risk of a serious accident increases significantly, so we depend on trucking companies and truck drivers to follow all safety precautions to make sure that they keep themselves and others safe on while driving.

Unfortunately, accidents do occur, and a frequent cause of serious accidents is truck malfunctions or defects. A few common causes of trucking defects include:

  • Malfunctioning air brakes – It is important for truckers to inspect their air-brakes for any possible issues PRE-TRIP, to make sure they do not fail at the wrong time.
  • Fan Clutch – Replace fan clutches before they wear out. A faulty or worn out fan clutch can cause the truck to overheat, which often tends to strike at the worst possible time. Make sure to have the fan clutch inspected regularly and replaced when necessary to avoid issues.
  • Ball Joints – Only a trusted and reliable mechanic should be allowed to replace your truck’s ball joints, which hold the wheels of the truck in place so that they do not fall off. In the event of a faulty ball-joint, the 18-wheeler’s tire alone can cause serious damage and even an unexpected death on the roadway.
  • Radiator malfunction – Much like any vehicle on the road, the radiator is essential to proper function while driving. Make sure to inspect your radiator regularly to make sure it is functioning properly and know the limits before your engine will overheat.

By properly maintaining your truck, businesses and truckers alike can protect themselves and their cargo while on the road. What’s more, they may be able to prevent serious injury accidents which can lead to civil actions including personal injury lawsuits or wrongful death lawsuits that often result when a trucking company fails to properly maintain their vehicles.

Why Charter a Yacht for Your Special Celebration

Whether you are planning for your company’s party celebration, a birthday party, a great way to celebrate a graduation, an anniversary, a bachelor or a bachelorette party, or any other special event, there is definitely no better way to impress your guests than with a luxurious floating venue.

Any type of special event is simply more memorable when held on a luxury yacht, whether you own this yacht or have one chartered. This is because yachts offer all guests a truly unique experience; besides the chance to enjoy a fine dining experience, guests also get to appreciate spectacular ever-changing sceneries.

Though for those who charter a yacht choose the evening cruise, any time of the day, even a late night cruise is perfect. What makes an evening cruise more special, however, is a firework display – for the additional delight of everyone.

When you charter a yacht, you don’t even have to worry about the catering service and how everything will turn out. Besides having its own caterers, chosen based on their customer service, creativity, variety and flexibility, most yachts also have an on-board event coordinator who will happily assist you with all the details of your event.

Entertainment will not be a concern for you too. Most private yacht charters, like the Chicago yacht parties on Anita Dee Yacht Charters, for instance, has hand-selected the finest in Chicago entertainment companies to provide you with outstanding service the help make your Chicago boat charter the perfect event. It is also fully equipped with state of the art sound systems, offering music throughout the entire vessel.

When it comes to your photography or videography needs, you can entrust to your chartered yacht to capture all the special moments on board.

The only thing you will need to do is probably make sure that the yacht you charter for your special event complies with the guidelines of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Boating Safety Division on boating safely just to make sure that you and all your guests really get to enjoy your celebration.


How Pedestrian Accidents Can Happen

Whenever a car and a pedestrian get involved in an accident, it is almost always the pedestrian that gets the short end of the stick. This is obviously because of the lack of protections. Car drivers have airbags, seatbelts, and the entire vehicles as shields. But pedestrians don’t have anything, not even a helmet.
According to the website, pedestrians who have been hurt in accidents may have legal options, which is good news. But preventing accidents is still the better option even if you can get monetary compensation from the responsible party. To effectively prevent pedestrian accidents, you should know first how they typically occur.

Crossing on unmarked crosswalks

Crosswalks exist so that pedestrians can cross roads safely. They typically appear on intersections, and some pedestrians don’t have the patience to walk up to the intersection just to cross the street, so they cross the street anyway even on spots that do not have crosswalks.
Pedestrians are not supposed to cross there, so drivers do not expect them, and therefore don’t have the proper reaction time to avoid collisions if the pedestrians decided to cross.

Crossing behind obstructions

Remember that there are drivers on the road, and they need to see you so they can react properly. If you try to cross the street while being covered by an obstruction that will make the drivers fail to see you, like a parked car, you will more likely take the drivers by surprise, which may result into a pedestrian accident.

Not looking left and right

Crossing is really one of the most dangerous things a pedestrian can do, but it is necessary for mobility. Even if you cross the street in a crosswalk and have the green light, you will never know when a negligent or reckless driver will show up, so you may still end up getting hit by a car. Even if you have right of way, make sure to look left, right, and left again before crossing.

Wearing dark clothing

As you can conclude from the other entries, visibility is an important factor in pedestrian safety. One of the things that can compromise that is dark clothing, especially if you are in poorly-lit areas, because you can blend into the dark so well that drivers will not be able to see you properly, until you are already in their direct front and they will not be able to react fast enough to avoid an accident.
As much as possible, wear easily visible colors, but if it is not preventable, at least avoid crossing dark areas even if you have right of way.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Ridesharing

Ridesharing has become a significant part of a commuter’s life. Its arrival has given commuters an additional option, creating more competition and better services from other modes of transportation, especially taxis and buses.

The sudden rise of ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft has advantages and disadvantages to passengers. But it seems that the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, seeing how ridesharing services continue to be more and more popular.

The best thing about ridesharing services is the fact that they can easily be accessed through the commuter’s mobile phone. They can get a ride while they are still in their bathrooms and just wait for their drivers to arrive in front of their homes. That is surely more convenient than waiting for a bus at a bus station or hailing for a cab at the corner of the street.

Ridesharing also passes the burden of driving. Commuters can leave their homes without bringing their own vehicles, so they will feel more relaxed and have more energy when they get to their destination, because they didn’t have to drive and plow through busy streets. This can also be very advantageous to drunk individuals, as they will not be forced to drive or take public transport while under the influence.

The accessibility of ridesharing companies such as Uber and Lyft also translates to more passengers willing to use their services. This is particularly problematic on certain conditions, like in after-concerts where a huge number of commuters will try to get a ride at once or in rainy premises where people are stuck and want to get a more convenient mode of transport. The competition associated with these conditions will make it harder to get a ride, or worse, increase the service fee.

The worst disadvantage of ridesharing is insurance. Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing companies do have insurance policies, but they can be tricky. Also, according to the website of the Mokaram Law Firm, many insurance companies will do everything they can to minimize the amount they are going to pay when an accident and injury has occurred.

Chemotherapy and Taxotere

Chemotherapy is a type of cancer treatment, especially breast cancer, wherein a drug or a combination of drugs are used to kill or destroy cancer cells. Chemotherapy drugs may be given intravenously, through a shot or it may be taken orally.

Though there are times when chemotherapy is the only cancer treatment used, there are also instances when it is used along with radiation therapy or surgery. But while radiation therapy or surgery kill cancer cells only in a certain area, chemotherapy works throughout the whole body, killing or slowing the growth, especially, of cancer cells that have metastasized or spread to parts beyond the breast/s. If chemotherapy is done before a radiation therapy or surgery (for the purpose of shrinking a tumor), it is called “neoadjuvant therapy,” while a chemotherapy treatment given after surgery, (for the purpose of killing remaining cancer cells), is called “adjuvant therapy.”

Besides shrinking tumors and killing remaining cancer cells, other goals of chemo treatment include; curing the cancer; keeping the cancer from spreading; slowing the cancer’s growth; destroying cancer cells that may have metastasized or spread to other parts of the body; and, relieving symptoms caused by cancer.

Some very common chemotherapy drugs that are said to be helping women (with advanced-stage breast cancer) live longer are Taxol ( Paclitaxel), Abraxan (Nab-paclitaxel) and Taxotere (Docetaxel). These three chemo drugs, like many others, are said to work effectively; however, attention has been focused on one lately, namely, Taxotere, due to its damaging side-effect which is permanent alopecia or permanent hair loss.

Taxotere is manufactured by Sanofi-Aventis and approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for breast cancer treatment as well as for the treatment of a variety of other types of cancer, including non-small cell lung cancer, prostate cancer, gastric cancer, and head and neck cancer.

Because chemotherapy also affects healthy cells (not just the rapidly growing cancer cells) , like the cells that line the stomach and the cells in hair follicles, its most common side-effects, therefore, include vomiting, diarrhea and loss of hair (hair loss, though, is temporary and can be expected to grow back within six months after chemo treatment has stopped).

In treatments where Taxotere is used, though, women complained either of permanent alopecia (permanent hair loss) or alopecia universalis, which is total loss of hair on the scalp, eyebrows, eyelashes, under arms and around the genital area.

Affected women have revealed that permanent hair loss and, more so, total loss of hair, have profoundly impacted their quality of life. With this is their disappointment with the makers of Taxotere for having kept from them this drug’s damaging side-effect.

Permanent hair loss after breast cancer treatment has negatively affected the personal, professional and sexual relationships of many women in the U.S. Good for breast cancer patient outside of the U.S. because they were warned of the side-effects of Taxotere as early as 2005. In the U.S., however, this warning was made only in 2015 upon the order of the FDA, after tens of thousands had already been treated with Taxotere.

How To Prove Medical Malpractice

A doctor committing errors or mistakes in their practice is a cause of concern. This is because they are perceived as persons of high ethical standards and professionalism. With their Hippocratic oath, they swore to provide care to their patients in the best of their ability. According to the website of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoller & Overbeck, PA, medical professionals do not always live up to the standards of their profession.
When the negligence and carelessness of a medical professional leads to death or injury to the patient, a medical malpractice case can be pursued against the doctor. However, certain elements need to be present in order for your case to be successful and you can get claims.
Existence of a Doctor-Patient Relationship
The first element that should be present is the existence of a doctor-patient relationship. This is generally easy to prove in a malpractice case. The agreement of the doctor to provide some kind of diagnosis or treatment already shows the existence of a doctor-patient relationship. With the help of your attorney, you need to establish that the doctor fell short in providing appropriate medical standard of care.
Proof of Sub-Standard Negligent Care
In proving sub-standard care, the action of the doctor will be compared with similar professionals in similar circumstances while considering factors such as the community or type of community which the defendant practices. This will require the testimony of competent and reasonably skilled doctors on what they have done when faced with a similar situation.
Connection Between Doctor’s Negligence and Patient’s Injury
Proof that your doctor committed errors that most doctors would not have made is not enough, you should also show that the negligence of the doctor worsened the condition or caused injury or harm. You need to show that the injury is not related to any underlying medical condition or some other factors but to the sub-standard care of the doctor.
Quantifiable Proof of Patient’s Harm
To win your malpractice case, you should also provide the court with details of the actual harm you incurred as a result of their negligent action. You can ask to receive damages due to lost or potential loss of wages due to inability to work. You can also claim for damages for pain and suffering.
Each of these elements needs to be proven by a “preponderance of the evidence.” You medical malpractice case needs to pass a malpractice review board and be granted a certificate of merit.

Why Should I Invest in Live Chat Service?

These are days of heightened communication services. Everyone is connected, all the time. News breaks out one second and it’s trending worldwide in the next. People want to know and people want to be heard—this is the effect of the digital age. And this doesn’t just work on a personal level but in the corporate and industrial level as well. Audiences want to know more about the company whose services they’re trusting and want to know that the company can be held accountable to provide only the most excellent services available.

A live chat service allows for there to be 24/7 customer service between your company and your audiences. People these days not only expect but also demand a response at least within two or four hours—an instant messaging service within the company’s website would be even more helpful as it encourages conversation and clarity between the company and the consumer. According to the website of the professionals with Lasso Live Chat, friendly and readily available customer service inspires loyalty with the company as it fosters a relationship with the consumer from the most basic foundations of humanity which is one on one communication.

It is important for your clients to feel like they are being heard and that their needs are being met so that they know that what they invest in your company is worthwhile. Nobody wants to make a bad decision and these days, trust is difficult to earn from the ground up and it is even harder to gain it back if it is lost.

Whether or not you should invest in a live chat service for your company is up to you. Just remember that communication is the key to fostering a strong relationship with your customers, and that happy clients are loyal clients—who then recommend your company to their friends!

How Can I Make Record Retrieval More Efficient?

The process of records retrieval is imperative in the line of fire, so to speak; especially now that information is so highly regarded in the industry. Records must not only be factual and reliable but they must also up to date. This can be difficult to follow through with, especially in this day and age where forgery and duplicity are so rampant, but the process can be made more efficient and effective with a few simple tips!

The first tip is to seek a specialists’ help or, at the very least, find someone who actually has experience in the field of record retrieval to assist your efforts. If you assign the task to just anyone, to an intern who may not know what they’re really doing or what to look for, then your whole case could be jeopardized, just because you couldn’t pull in the right records.

Another tip is to be secure in the security placed around your cloud system. Records, as the media has shown repeatedly, can be tampered with if the protection around is lax or the care around it is negligent. Makes sure that your records are safely and securely encrypted—don’t trust everything to automatic updates and make sure that you always read the terms and conditions about these sorts of things. You don’t want to regret missing the fine line when everything has already been said and done. This can make checking and sorting through your files a lot easier in the long run.

Lastly, it is essential to always act with professionalism. This is often disregarded as there is sometimes blind trust placed upon someone just because they did something right one time—things can change and people can make mistakes.

How Can a Drunk Driving Offense Affect Me?

Cases of drunk driving are often highly publicized in the United States of America. Many commercials and public service announcements implore for drivers to take caution and to drink responsibly. One of the most recent Super Bowl commercials from Budweiser advised for drivers to do this for their “friends are counting on you” to come back home. There are many negative consequences that are a result of drunk driving and everyone knows this.

However, this is often spun in the wrong manner and the media attention can often be used in order to unjustly turn a case against someone. According to the website of the lawyers with the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, the public campaigns have sometimes made the prosecution against the defendant more aggressive or more biased than it should be. There are, of course, numerous other alcohol-related offenses but just the presence or hint of anything with alcohol could be enough to turn what should be a just trial to a witch hunt against the individual on the stand.

A criminal accusation alone can be enough to tarnish your reputation, let alone an actual criminal conviction. If charged with an alcohol-related offense, there could be the suspension of your driver’s license, a hefty fine, as well as jail time. That is only the start of it, however, as this could very well follow someone into their personal life. An offense that’s on the record like this could close windows of opportunities professionally or even socially—some landlords require some certification of good moral character before allow you to lease an apartment and a criminal record can put some strain on that.