Tips, Talk and Insight from the Slater Vecchio Team

Can You Diagnose a Head Injury?

can you diagnosis a head injuryDo you know how to treat head injuries? Would you know what to do if someone slipped and hit their head in front of you? The statistics will surprise you.

People Don’t Know How to Treat Head Injuries

  1. 59% of people don’t think they could save a life in an emergency situation.
  2. 25% of people said they would stand by and watch when a life is on the line.
  3. 28% of people would attempt first aid. Sadly, most would make mistakes and make the situation worse.

Head Injury Symptoms

Severe head injury symptoms include low responsive level, loss of consciousness, leakage of blood or watery fluid from the ear or nose and unequal pupil size. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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Helmets Prevent Toddler Head Injuries

child hemet safetySpring has sprung in Vancouver. Parents are pulling scooters, skateboards, bikes and other outdoor equipment out of the garage.

As the weather warms, children spend more time outside participating in the physical activities they love. Almost all toddlers will bump their heads while playing in the sun. Most of these injuries are minor.

Toddlers hurt themselves more than adults
because they can’t control their heads as well according to HealthLink BC. Additionally, a toddler’s head is larger in relation to the rest of their bodies.

  1. Toddlers should wear helmets during all outdoor physical activity. Whether they are pushing a scooter or riding a bicycle, children need to keep their helmets on at all times. Outdoor activities include skateboarding, tricycle riding and scooter riding.


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Pro Cyclists Tested for Concussions Mid-Race

cyclists concussion tests while racingThe UnitedHealthcare Cycling Team (UHC) is testing athletes for concussions mid-race to prevent severe brain injury.

According to Cycling Weekly, cyclists weren’t monitored for head injuries while racing. Instead, most doctors looked for strained muscles, broken bones and pulled tendons after the race.

The UHC healthcare team created a set of quick tests to avoid cyclisthead injuries. “In professional cycling, if you can’t make a decision in under five minutes, your day is over,” UHC team doctor Michael Roshon told Outside Online.

Prior to the race season, doctors establish baseline health data by recording balance and READ FULL ARTICLE +

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Too Distracted to Drive? Ask Your Car

cars will help distracted driversWhat if your next car knew when you were too distracted to drive?

According to ROT, a new technology dubbed Workload Management is teaching cars how to limit driver distraction.

If you purchase a car with Workload Management technology, the following tests start as soon as you buckle up.

  • Heart rate and respiration tests via steering wheel sensors.
  • Driver activity tests conducted by comparing current inputs to a baseline.
  • Driving conditions tests based on incoming road, traffic, weather and time-of-day data.


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External Airbags Hug Pedestrians

Could external airbags on self-driven (1)Google recently acquired a US patent that suggests their new self-driving cars will have external airbags to protect passengers. The airbags would deploy when car sensors detected an immediate vehicle-pedestrian collision.

Unlike traditional airbags that push people away, Google’s airbags would cushion pedestrians with a memory-foam like substance. Traditional airbags send pedestrians flying causing injury or death. Google’s airbags are made with a “visco-elastic” material that would “hug” pedestrians instead of pushing them into the street.

Self-driving cars have driven 100,000 miles with two accidents. Both times, the self-driven cars were rear-ended while stopped at traffic lights. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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LifePaint: Invisible by Day, Luminous by Night

glowing bike helmetsEver year in the UK, over 19,000 UK cyclists are injured in roadside accidents. Due to these alarming statistics, Volvo created LifePaint, an invisible spray that protects bikers during the dark evenings.

LifePaint is invisible by day and luminous by night. Volvo is confident that their new product will drastically reduce roadside cyclist deaths and injuries.

According to WIRED, the spray acts similarly to reflective panels and safety tape sewn into biking and jogging jackets. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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28% of Hockey Helmets Unsafe

hockey helmets not safeA Virginia Tech study concludes that at least 28% of all hockey helmets are unsafe to wear based on their ability to prevent concussions. These tests include helmets worn by both the NHL and youth leagues.

Hockey helmets were awarded one to five stars based on a grading system that took three years and $500,000 to develop. No funding was received from the helmet industry.

32 helmets were tested. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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Dashboard Camera Captures Teen Distracted Driving

teen distracted drivingLaughing with friends, singing along to their favorite songs, chattering on their cell phones – typical teenage life recorded on video moments before a fatal or near-fatal car accident.

Statistics confirm distracted driving is the leading cause of teen car accidents, but how do we really know? Who’s to say exactly what these teenagers were doing before impact?

Police piece together information based on cellphone data and eyewitness accounts, but like a puzzle with missing pieces, how do we see the whole story? Enter video evidence. READ FULL ARTICLE +

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Police Nab Distracted Drivers

distracted driving bcDrunk or distracted driver: who would you choose to drive you home? Choosing the drunk driver increases your chances of making it home alive.

Drunk drivers react 12% slower on the road while distracted drivers react 35% slower according to Tech Times.

Distracted Driver Facts

  • Drivers who text are 23 times more likely to be involved in a car crash or near car crash than their non-distracted counterparts.
  • Distracted driving is the second-leading cause of car crash fatalities in BC.


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NFL Player Retires at 24 Due to Concussion Fears

chris borland retiresSan Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland is retiring early due to concussion concerns.

It’s not worth the risk Borland tells ESPN. According to the National Post, Borland said, “I don’t think it’s worth the risk. I’m concerned that if you wait till you have symptoms, it’s too late. There are a lot of unknowns. I can’t claim that X will happen. I just want to live a long healthy life, and I don’t want to have any neurological diseases or die younger than I would otherwise.”

Goodbye NFL stardom, hello… golf? READ FULL ARTICLE +

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