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Man dies in New York wrong-way crash

A man is dead after being involved in a head-on collision on the Southern State Parkway. The accident reportedly occurred around 10 p.m. on Nov. 11.

According to police, the accident was caused by a 63-year-old Bay Shore man who was driving the wrong way down the parkway. His vehicle struck another vehicle being driven by a 24-year-old East Islip man. The younger man died at the scene. The older man was transported to Southside Hospital for treatment of critical injuries.

Woman killed and husband injured in New York car crash

On Nov. 7, a 47-year-old New York woman was killed and her 49-year-old husband injured when their car was struck by a Chevrolet Tahoe traveling the wrong way down South Lexington Avenue. According to reports, the Tahoe struck the car as it was crossing an intersection and pushed it approximately 200 feet down the avenue, trapping the occupants inside of the car. The woman was in the back seat folding newspapers while her husband was at the wheel.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Her husband was taken to the hospital with reported internal and upper body injuries. The driver of the Tahoe, a 34-year-old New York firefighter, was off duty at the time of the crash. Authorities indicated that his blood alcohol level registered at .145 percent. Based on possible evidence in the firefighter's car, investigators are trying to determine if the driver was under the influence of cocaine and MDMA as well.

Dump truck driver involved in fatal New York accident

An Oct. 31 accident in New York resulted in the death of a 38-year-old man. The man was traveling on Route 90 when his car was struck by an oncoming dump truck, according to authorities. The dump truck, being driven by a 27-year-old man, was headed west when it crossed into the eastbound lane and collided with the victim's pickup truck head-on.

The pickup truck driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the auto accident, and his 50-year-old male passenger was transferred to Cortland Regional Medical Center. He was treated and released after sustaining unspecified injuries. The dump truck driver was also taken to the same hospital and released after treatment of unknown injuries.

Air bag recall may be expanded

New York car owners may be interested that Toyota recalled 247,000 vehicles with Takata airbags on Oct. 20. The airbags may explode sending metal shrapnel into the vehicle. The recalls in the U.S. started in June. Florida and Puerto Rico were the first regional areas involved.

Almost five million vehicles made by Toyota, Honda Motor Group, Fiat-Chrysler and others are affected with a potential for 25 million more. The problem, according to authorities, involves chemicals used to inflate the airbags. Two lawsuits have been filed recently. Both car accidents occurred in Florida, and the lawsuits allege injury to the drivers from shrapnel. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration maintains the problem to date has been seen in high humidity areas such as Florida. It may also affect individuals who winter in these areas.

Workers injured, exposed to asbestos in ceiling collapse

Two workers for an asbestos removal company were not only injured but also exposed to asbestos when a Mineola building's ceiling collapsed during a renovation of the property. According to authorities, 17 other individuals were in the building at the time of the collapse but escaped the incident without injury. The event took place at the former site for social services in Mineola, New York, a building that is now being converted to a family court.

According to officials, the environmental cleaning company workers were prepping the building for the removal of asbestos when a piece of concrete that had been reinforced with metal rods fell. This purportedly trapped two workers and caused asbestos to suffuse throughout the site.

Taxi jumps curb and strikes building

In New York City, a taxi driver lost control of his vehicle and jumped the curb on Oct. 6, hurting two people and damaging a building. The vehicle struck the building around 11:50 a.m. hitting an eyeglass store. A vacant commercial space next door sustained most of the property damage, and no one inside the eyeglass store was injured.

Witnesses say that a pedestrian on the sidewalk outside was treated for injuries, and it is believed that this individual was struck by the car. A passenger in the rear of the cab was taken out on a stretcher and transported to a hospital for treatment. The cab driver was shaken, but the reports indicate that he was not physically injured. According to authorities, none of the injuries seemed to be life-threatening.

FedEx driver allegedly causes fatal accident

A 38-year-old woman and a 41-year-old man are dead following a head-on collision in New York on Sept. 29. According to police, a rider in the woman's vehicle, 20, is in critical condition at Upstate University Hospital.

The accident occurred when the driver of a FedEx delivery truck, a resident of Liverpool, was driving on eastbound Route 3 between County Route 8 and Rathburn Road at about 4:33 p.m. when his vehicle veered into oncoming traffic and hit a Honda Civic traveling west on the roadway. Both vehicles left the road because of the impact and landed in a pond. The two-vehicle accident remains under investigation, and the reason the truck left his lane is unknown at this time.

New York man killed after being struck by 2 cabs

A pedestrian was killed after being struck by two vehicles in the Bronx on Sept. 28. The accident occurred around 1 a.m. when the man attempted to cross Pelham Parkway at White Plains Road.

According to police, the 26-year-old victim was crossing Pelham Parkway when a westbound livery cab hit him. The driver pulled over and called 911. Moments later, a second car, also believed to be a livery cab, hit the man as he was lying on the roadway. The second driver drove away without stopping. The Baychester victim was transported to St. Barnabas Hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Understanding surgery malpractice risks

New York readers might be interested in a report about surgical errors. Between 1998 and 2007, the number of wrong-site surgeries increased from 15 to 592. Many North American surgeons had performed operations that put patients at more than minimal risk.

For instance, some surgeries occurred in a place other than a designated operating room. Many of these scenarios involved operating on the wrong patient, performing a procedure on the wrong side of the body or using the wrong procedure. This is often the case for operations performed in an endoscopy unit, interventional radiology suite or other specialty unit.

Understanding and preventing wrong-site surgeries

While surgeons in New York may not intend to make surgical errors, it is important to recognize that certain factors may create a greater possibility of issues such as wrong-site surgeries. Reporting of these errors to the Joint Commission increased from 15 incidents in 1998 to 592 in 2007, but an increase in voluntary reporting does not necessarily indicate an increase in the number of events. Such incidents are more likely in some practice areas; 20 percent of hand surgeons may commit such an error, and up to 25 percent of orthopedic surgeons might be involved in a wrong-site surgery.

Some of the most common causes of wrong-site medical errors include issues with leadership, noncompliance with established preventive procedures and failures in communication. Top risk factors tied to wrong-site surgeries can include changes in rooms for procedures, the use of unfamiliar or unusual equipment or setup, and patients' physical features such as deformities or obesity. Time pressures and emergency situations are also strongly connected to such errors. Complicating the surgery with multiple procedures or multiple surgeons at the same time could also play a role in an increased risk of surgical errors.

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