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Beasley Allen files complaint against Arkansas nursing home

Beasley Allen attorney J.P. Sawyer is representing the family of an Arkansas man who suffered at the hands of staff ill-equipped to care for him at the White Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The complaint alleges the nursing home facility put profits over people, misrepresenting its ability to properly care for residents in order to hold onto government funding. The complaint, filed in the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Ark., alleges defendants including Central Arkansas Nursing Centers, Inc., Nursing Consultants, Inc., Park Health Care, LLC, and Michael Morton, misrepresented the skill and number of its nursing staff in order to ... Read More

Nursing homes that jeopardize safety no longer face fines in Iowa

Iowa Governor Chet Culver signed a bill in to law this week that removes fines imposed on nursing homes that do not meet minimum health and safety standards, according to the Des Moines Register. Under the new law, nursing homes would no longer be fined for not having competent, licensed administrators or caregivers in their facilities; not having a qualified nurse on duty, or for understaffing at the facility, one of the leading contributors to resident neglect. The few fines that can be imposed can be reduced by 35 percent if the nursing home agrees not to formally appeal the ... Read More

Kentucky investigators urge nursing homes to ban cell phones

Members of the staff at Bluegrass Care and Rehabilitation Center in Lexington, Kentucky, didn’t think their joke would get out of hand. They would attach sexually explicit song lyrics to photos of residents taken with their cell phone cameras and send them as text messages to other employees. “We were just having fun,” an employee told state investigators. “Everybody was on the cell phone 24/7.” The Inspector General’s Office of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services didn’t see the humor in the incidents and has requested Kentucky facilities to prevent the same such use of cell phones among staff. ... Read More

UCLA study examines lasting effects of severe TBI in children

What is the most common cause of death and disability for children and adolescents? According to the Centers for Disease Control, the answer is traumatic brain injury (TBI). Researchers are now finding that for those children who survive a blow to the head or even sustain a mild concussion, the effects of TBI can persist for years. Because the brains of children and adolescents are in the developmental stages, TBI can impede proper mental development, leading to psychological disabilities or a combination of mental disabilities. According to two UCLA professors who quantified nearly 20 years of data from TBI studies, ... Read More

Despite warnings and instructions, food safety may still be a gamble

Following an outbreak in October 2007 of salmonella poisoning linked to Banquet brand chicken pot pies, ConAgra, the manufacturer of the pies, immediately began talking food safety. But instead of assuming responsibility for manufacturing a contaminated product that sickened as many as 15,000 people, ConAgra suggested that killing any salmonella bacteria in its products before eating them was ultimately the consumers’ responsibility. The massive salmonella outbreak prompted ConAgra to remind its customers about the importance of following cooking instructions, especially when using a microwave. In 2007, A ConAgra spokeswoman told the Associated Press that pot pies needed to be cooked longer ... Read More

Investigators focus on pilot competency in Buffalo plane crash

Serious questions have arisen about the competency and training of the pilot who was in charge of flying the Colgan Air commuter plane when it crashed last February in Buffalo, New York. The crash claimed the lives of all 49 people aboard and one person on the ground. Investigators will announce their findings tomorrow in the case. Transcripts of the cockpit conversation revealed that Captain Marvin Renslow and first officer Rebecca Shaw were likely not adequately trained and experienced to handle the particular flying conditions they faced. Moreover, the crew may have violated the cockpit rule of refraining from “irrelevant ... Read More

Nursing home staff fired for taking inappropriate photos of residents

Several staff members at a Kentucky nursing home were fired recently after an investigation found that employees had taken inappropriate photos and made audio recordings of residents at the facility, attached them to songs with sexual lyrics, and circulated them to other employees at the nursing home, according to the Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader. Interviews with Bluegrass Care and Rehabilitation Center in Lexington Kentucky staff including aides, licensed staff and housekeepers revealed that no one recognized the photos and recordings as abuse and as a result did not report the incident to management. The nursing home received a Type A citation ... Read More

Traumatic brain injuries become a priority in U.S. military

Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are being taken much more seriously in the U.S. armed forces now than ever. Doctors and scientists estimate that as many as twenty percent of troops returning from service in Iraq and Afghanistan have some form and degree of TBI, ranging from blast related concussions to blunt force trauma and penetrating wounds. Because the brain is the human body’s most complex and least understood organ, brain injuries have historically eluded diagnosis and treatment. Fortunately, our understanding of TBI, the “signature injury” of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, is rapidly improving. Members of the Air Force, Army, ... Read More

FDA urges dieters to avoid Hydroxycut products

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning today advising consumers to immediately stop using Hydroxycut diet products manufactured by Iovate Health Sciences, Inc. The agency has received 23 reports of serious health problems in people using Hydroxcut products, including varying degrees of liver damage ranging from jaundice to liver failure requiring a transplant, and death. Others reported having seizures, cardiovascular abnormalities, and rhabdomyolysis, a form of muscle damage that often leads to other serious health disorders such as liver failure. Patients reporting liver injuries consumed Hydroxycut in doses recommended on the product packaging. According to the FDA alert, ... Read More

OSHA, Congress mark Workers Memorial Day

Companies throughout the United States need to do a better job of providing safe working environments for their employees … or else. That’s the message the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is sounding this week in honor of Workers Memorial Day today. To mark the occasion, Congress will be spending the day conducting hearings on OSHA’s performance in enforcing the law. Many lawmakers in the Democrat-controlled Congress think that OSHA’s enforcement of workplace standards and regulations was too lax under the Bush Administration, allowing corporations to compromise the health and safety of its workers. Safety experts and union members ... Read More