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San Antonio Officials Seek Identity of Injured Pedestrian

Author Lauren Fernandez

University Hospital is seeking information on the identity of an unidentified man who is unresponsive and in critical condition.

About the Unresponsive Man

University Hospital needs help to identify the identity of an unresponsive man. The San Antonio Express-News reports that the man is in critical condition after being hit by a car in San Antonio on Tuesday, June 16th.

The man was seen walking on the 7700 block of Potranco Rd at West Military Drive when he was hit by an unknown driver, according to a news report released June 18th. The man was not carrying any identification. Social workers need help identifying the man.

The unidentified man is believed to be in his 20s. He is about 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighs about 180 pounds. He has several tattoos on his body. A few include a cross with the letters “F” and “K” on his upper left arm and a football with wings on his upper right arm.

Social workers ask anyone who recognizes the man or knows his family to contact the hospital at 210-358-4800 during business hours or 210-743-3176 after hours.

Additional Information About Pedestrian Accident Statistics

  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that in 2012, 4,743 pedestrians were killed in traffic-related accidents in the United States and another 76,000 were injured.
  • There is a motor vehicle traffic-related pedestrian death every 2 hours in the U.S. and a pedestrian injury every 7 minutes.
  • There are 1.58 traffic-related pedestrian deaths per 100,000 population in the U.S., as calculated by the CDC using data from 2001 to 2010.
  • Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a car crash on each trip than a motor vehicle occupant.
  • Older adults, children, and alcohol-impaired individuals are at the greatest risk of traffic-related pedestrian death or injury. 

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Preventing Deadly Hospital Errors

Author Camara Thomas

Despite reports done by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality stating hospitals are only getting safer, it can never hurt to check into the hospitals you’re using.  

Currently, it is estimated that 400,000 premature deaths occur every year due to preventable errors in hospitals. By being proactive, you can help prevent infection, medical errors, and death.

7 Ways to Ensure Your Safety

The following information was provided 

  1. Check hospital rating and infection rates.
  2. Know who is in charge of your care.
  3. Bring someone to advocate for you.
  4. Don’t be afraid to ask hospital workers to wash their hands.
  5. Ask questions until you understand what’s going on.
  6. Bring your medications and supplements with you.
  7. Ask for your discharge plan in writing and make sure you know what’s going on before you leave.

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Database Made to Identify Recalled Vehicles

Author Lauren Fernandez

The U.S. Department of Transportation has launched a searchable database with the identification numbers of all of the estimated 34 million vehicles recalled for defective airbags.

About the Vehicle Recall Database

The widespread recall of Takata airbags due to dangerous inflation defects has affected an unprecedented number of vehicles, reports United Press International. In response to the massive recall, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has enabled consumers to use vehicle identification numbers to determine if their vehicle is affected by the recall using the SafeCar.gov website. 

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx emphasized that “an informed consumer is one of our strongest allies in ensuring recalled vehicles are repaired… NHTSA's VIN search tool at SaferCar.gov makes it easy for consumers to check if their vehicle is affected by the recall, and to take action in getting the air bags replaced."

NHTSA has emphasized that it will take time and cooperation with automakers to identify which vehicles will be affected by the recall but the organization will “organize and prioritize the replacement of the defective air bag inflators with safe ones as quickly as possible," said NHTSA administrator Mark Rosekind.

The recall currently involves vehicles manufactured by BMW, Chrysler, Daimler Trucks, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, and Toyota.

Additional Information about the Defective Airbags 

The roughly 34 million vehicles recalled have been found to contain defective air bags. The driver- and passenger-side air bag inflators in these recalled vehicles, manufactured by the Takata Corporation, have been found to be defective, opening with too much force and potentially causing injury or death.

As reported by United Press International, “the inflators degrade over time with exposure to moisture, causing a chemical propellant to ignite too quickly. The extra pressure causes the inflator to rupture, sending metal shrapnel into the passenger cabin.” The malfunctioning airbag inflators have been blamed for at least six deaths worldwide.

The Takata Corp., after pressure from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), has issued a massive recall of these airbags inflators, initially recalling only vehicles in regions of the U.S. with high humidity and then expanding the recall to a national scale. 

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