We know that doctors sometimes misdiagnose conditions. In the more serious cases, they may tell a patient they have a mild condition when it's actually something very serious and potentially fatal without proper treatment.
If you're among the millions who will be traveling to a vacation destination or family gathering this holiday season, one of the biggest dangers you'll face on the road is drowsy drivers. Although driving under the influence and distracted driving are well-known causes of car crashes, according to AAA, about 20 percent of all fatal crashes involve at least one driver who dozed off or was operating on insufficient sleep. Nonetheless, nearly one-third of people surveyed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety admitted to driving "when they were so tired they had a hard time keeping their eyes open" within the past month.
As a pedestrian, you may assume that all drivers are paying attention to the road and their surroundings at all times. Unfortunately, this has never been the case in the past and never will be in the future. There will always be people who don't take the safety of pedestrians into consideration.
With the holidays upon us, many of our physicians are taking long vacations. A number of experienced physicians in hospital emergency rooms and urgent care centers may be doing the same. This can leave patients who fall off a ladder hanging Christmas lights or crash their brand new mountain bike over the holidays in the hands of less experienced health care providers or waiting long periods to be seen by anyone.
You probably don't expect sales representatives to be in the operating room while you're undergoing surgery. However, if you're having a medical device inserted or replaced, there may be a rep there.