Robertson: New laws promote patient safetyThe state boards of health professions help make sure health care providers are practicing safely and responsibly. Most of the time, board members and providers act with integrity and professionalism but there have been occasional cases of misconduct reported.
Senate legislation recently signed into law will better protect patients and increase transparency at the oversight boards. Among other provisions, the new laws:
April is National Donate Life MonthMore than 3,000 people in Michigan are waiting for life-saving organ transplants. A single donor can save up to eight lives.
Potential donors can sign up on the Michigan Organ Donor Registry, a database of residents who wish to be organ and tissue donors that is maintained by the Department of State. The registry is confidential and can only by accessed by Gift of Life Michigan to assist hospitals in the recovery and transplantation of organs and tissue.
To join the registry or find information on the Donate Life Michigan license plate, visit www.michigan.gov/sos.
Work zone safetyWith road work ramping up this spring, the Department of Transportation reminds motorists to slow down, stay alert and drive carefully in construction work zones on state and local roads.
Officials encourage drivers to pay attention not only to workers, but to stopped traffic and other drivers attempting to merge. While work zone crashes and fatalities were down in 2013 from 2012, serious injuries were up 87 percent.
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