5 Facts: November 2023 Edition
This month’s edition covers boys’ graduation rates, a hospital security officer’s special knack for identifying stroke victims, and more.
Welcome to the November 2023 edition of Campus Safety’s Five Facts!
Five Facts, which runs the last Friday of every month, reviews what Campus Safety has recently covered as well as the quirky, interesting, random information or factoids I come across on practically a daily basis when I’m researching articles.
As we kick off the 2023 holiday season, this month’s edition covers boys’ graduation rates, a hospital security officer’s special knack for identifying stroke victims, childhood vaccination rates, data breach costs, and more.
Fact No. 1: Boys are graduating at lower rates than girls.
In 2018, 45,000 fewer boys than girls graduated high school. That year, 88% of girls graduated on time compared to 82% of boys. In 2021, the rate was 89% for girls and 83% for boys.
Fact No. 2: A Florida hospital security guard has saved hundreds of people from strokes despite him not being a first responder or having a medical background.
Joe Nardiello, a security officer at HCA Florida Westside Hospital in Plantation has been on the job for 40 years and has become an expert at identifying when a patient is experiencing a stroke. Known as the “stroke whisperer,” he immediately starts talking to and analyzing the person for signs of the condition.
At least once a week, he identifies someone who is experiencing a stroke, which prompts hospital staff to rush the patient immediately to the emergency department, resulting in many lives being saved.
Fact No. 3: The number of parents opting out of routine vaccines for their children is at an all-time high.
The CDC’s Nov. 10 report found that 3% of children entering kindergarten during the 2022-2023 school year were granted an exemption from one of four key vaccines — the highest exemption rate ever reported in the United States. The overall exemption rate for the previous school year was 2.6%.
Fact No. 4: The average cost of a data breach is now $4.45 million.
The average data breach cost has jumped by nearly $600,000 in the past three years and hit an all-time high of $4.45 million in 2023. Healthcare continues to experience the highest data breach costs of all industries and has seen the biggest cost growth. Over the past three years, the average cost of a data breach in healthcare has grown by $3 million or more than 50%, rising from $7.13 million in 2020 to $10.53 million in 2023.
Fact No. 5: The term ‘Black Friday’ as it pertains to the day after Thanksgiving started in the 1950s.
In the 1950s, Philadelphia police used the term “Black Friday” to describe the chaos that happened the day after Thanksgiving when multitudes of suburban holiday shoppers and tourists would swarm the city before the Army-Navy football game held on that Saturday. In addition to the crowds and traffic, shoplifters would take advantage of the bedlam at the stores to steal merchandise.
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