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Staying Safe on Halloween, The Most Dangerous Night of the Year For Kids

Here’s a scary fact: Did you know that Halloween ranks as the third-deadliest day of the year for pedestrians? According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) records, an average of 30 pedestrians are killed every Oct. 31 – nearly triple the number of pedestrian fatalities that occur on an average day in the U.S. It’s mostly children that account for the leap in fatalities on Halloween. In fact, Halloween is the deadliest day in the U.S. for children. Injuries abound as well on Halloween. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that more than 3,500 people suffer from ... Read More

OSHA Stand-Down campaign to raise awareness of, prevent construction falls

One of the most common on-the-job accidents occurs when construction workers fall from elevated areas while performing their daily duties. According to U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) records, falls from elevation are the leading cause of death among construction workers in the United States. However, OSHA has labeled many of these incidents as “preventable.” Numerous investigations conducted by the OSHA on this matter have yielded hard evidence proving that many construction companies have forgone their compliance with OSHA regulations that have specifically been set in place to prevent falls in construction. May 2-6, 2016, OSHA will once again ... Read More

Antidepressant Cymbalta linked to falls, fainting risk

The antidepressant Cymbalta (duloxetine hydrochloride) can cause patients to fall, faint or experience orthostatic hypotention, a form of low blood pressure that happens when standing up from a sitting or inclined position, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced. Some of these episodes have resulted in falls with serious consequences including bone fractures and hospitalizations. The agency is requiring a new warning be placed on the safety labels of Cymbalta. Cymbalta is in a class of antidepressants known as serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, or SNRIs. It is prescribed for major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder. Fainting and orthostatic hypotension with antidepressant ... Read More

Study of the dangers of small children in shopping carts produces shocking statistics

When at a local marketplace, it is not uncommon for adults to place their small children in a shopping cart before strolling around the store. But a surprising new study shows from 2008 to 2012, more than 107,000 emergency room-treated injuries as well two fatalities were associated with accidents occurring from shopping carts and children younger than age 5, according to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS). The study results were released by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). More children were treated in emergency rooms in 2010 as a result of a shopping cart incident than any other ... Read More

Sleep aid may increase risk of hip fracture in nursing home patients

Sleep aids are commonly given to nursing home patients to help them rest, but a new study shows that a popular type prescription sleeping pill might put patients at increased risk for hip fractures. Researchers at Harvard Medical School in Boston reviewed data from more than 15,500 nursing home residents who experienced a hip fracture between July 2007 and December 2008. About 1,700 of them were given a nonbenzodiazepine hypnotic sleep aid before their hip fracture. These drugs include the brand names Lunesta, Sonata, Ambien and Intermezzo. Researchers determined that patients who took these drugs were two-thirds more likely to experience a ... Read More

Study investigates bleeding deaths associated with blood thinner Pradaxa

The death of Bob Smith* was a surprise to doctors. The 83-year old man was evaluated for what appeared to be a rather routine fall, and by all accounts he seemed fine. He was fully alert and oriented and could respond to verbal commands. CT scans taken when he arrived at the hospital revealed small, superficial areas of hemorrhage in his brain, but two hours later, another round of scans showed extensive progression of brain hemorrhaging. Efforts to stop the bleeding were fruitless. The elderly man fell into a deep coma and died soon after. What happened to Bob was ... Read More

Study finds Pradaxa could make common falls lethal for elderly

The death of an 83-year-old man who checked into The University of Utah’s hospital after suffering from a routine fall raises concerns that hemorrhaging may be irreversible in patients taking Boehringer Ingelheim’s blood-thinning drug Pradaxa. A new report published Thursday in the Journal of Neurosurgery, authored by physicians in the University’s Neurosurgery Department who treated the patient, details his decline and eventual death hours after arriving at the hospital. The patient went to the hospital after experiencing a standing-level fall that left him banged up but alert and coherent. The study notes that one month prior to his fall, the ... Read More

SSRIs increase fall risk for elderly patients with dementia

Falls are the No. 1 cause of accidental death in people age 65 years and older, and one common medication among elderly patients with dementia may be exacerbating the situation, suggests the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. Many patients with dementia also suffer from depression, and are often prescribed antidepressants. Doctors have known that older antidepressants, which carry side effects such as dizziness and unsteadiness, have contributed to falls. They had hoped switching patients to a newer class of antidepressants, known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), would change those statistics. But the new study shows the newer SSRIs, among the ... Read More

Georgia company repeatedly exposed workers to falls and other hazards

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a Georgia aluminum company nearly $126,000 for a series of willful, repeat, and serious violations that seriously threaten the safety of its workers. OSHA investigators cited Aluminum Finishing LLC of Adel, Georgia for 18 violations related to a lack of fall protections, dangers posed by corroded and weakened components of the facility’s structure, and a number of other hazards. Aluminum Finishing anodizes aluminum products, which typically involves dipping items in large tanks full of industrial coatings. The most serious violation OSHA inspectors found involved a lack of fall protections. Aluminum Finishing ... Read More

Tell Facebook, Twitter followers about Darvon, Darvocet ban

Nearly 23 million prescriptions were written for Darvocet, Darvon, and their generic equivalents under the name propoxyphene in 2010 before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pulled the drugs off the market because of the risk of potentially fatal abnormal heart rhythms. Many of the people who filled those prescriptions are being notified by their pharmacies, but others may not even be aware that the treatment for mild-to-moderate pain was banned. Therefore, the public is encouraged to notify friends and family and tell them about the recall, if not in person or on the phone, then by using social media ... Read More