Briefly noted: Gen Surgery News: Drunk Driving Deaths Fall Thanks to Ride-Sharing Services
“Retrospective analysis of a Level I trauma center has found a direct correlation between the introduction of ride-sharing services and a decline in alcohol-related motor vehicle accidents. Over the six-year study period, the percentage of motor vehicle collisions that were related to alcohol decreased from 39% to 29% with the availability of ride-sharing apps such as Uber and Lyft….
As Dr. Friedman explained, alcohol-related motor vehicle collisions account for approximately 30% of all U.S. traffic fatalities. …a total of 1,474 patients were involved in alcohol-related motor vehicle collisions during the study period. Average annual alcohol-related traffic accidents and fatalities decreased with the availability of ride-sharing services, said Dr. Friedman, who noted that the biggest impact was observed in the 21- to 24-year-old group.”
“Hydroxychloroquine-treated patients were more severely ill at baseline than those who did not receive hydroxychloroquine (median ratio of partial pressure of arterial oxygen to the fraction of inspired oxygen, 223 vs. 360)….[However] in this observational study involving patients with Covid-19 who had been admitted to the hospital, hydroxychloroquine administration was not associated with either a greatly lowered or an increased risk of the composite end point of intubation or death. Randomized, controlled trials of hydroxychloroquine in patients with Covid-19 are needed.”