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Ninety-six percent of Bair Hugger blowers tested were shown to emit contaminates

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In a study published by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the Bair Hugger forced-air warming device was tested for the potential spread of bacteria through the blower unit. In the study, 23 Bair Hugger devices were tested in daily hospital use for internal microbial buildup and airborne-contamination emissions. The filters were swabbed, and the study found the filtration to be only 63.8 percent efficient (the FDA permits no less than 99.97 percent efficiency). The filters also tested positive for staphylococci, mold, and micrococci. In addition, 96 percent of all blowers were emitting “significant levels” of airborne contaminates out of the hose end of the device. The ... Read More

Worker’s finger amputation leads to OSHA fines for Georgia battery manufacturer


While federal regulators were investigating unsafe working conditions at a Salina, Kansas, battery manufacturing plant, the middle finger of a 32-year-old worker was amputated by an unguarded machine, prompting a second probe. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Milton, Georgia-based Exide Technologies with one willful and 10 serious safety and health violations based on its findings from a Dec. 3 injury inspection. Exide specializes in smart-battery development and advanced materials and process design at research facilities in the U.S., Germany, Italy and Spain. The company employs about 620 workers at the Salina facility and 5,000 globally. OSHA’s December ... Read More

Trader Joe’s Kale & Edamame Salads Recalled For Salmonella Risk

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WCD (World Class Distribution) Kitchen LLC, a California-based food supplier, is recalling Kale & Edamame Salads it prepared for Trader Joe’s stores because of concerns the salads may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), 3,763 of the potentially contaminated Kale & Edamame salads were distributed mostly to Trader Joe’s stores in the Midwest. The affected salads are packaged in 10-oz. plastic clamshell containers and bear the UPC code 00967112 and a “use by” dates ranging from May 5, 2016, through May 14, 2016. The affected salads were sold in Trader Joe’s stores ... Read More

B. Braun recalls defective hemodialysis machines


B. Braun Medical Inc is recalling Dialog+ Hemodialysis Systems because they may have defective conductivity sensors that could cause improper blood filtration. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has identified this as a Class I recall, the most serious type of recall reserved for products in which use may cause serious injuries or death. The recall involves 1,033 units with the model numbers 710200L, 710200K, 710200S, 710200U, 710500L, and 710500K. The devices were manufactured April 1, 2013 to July 3, 2013 and distributed June 25, 2013 to October 7, 2015. Affected hemodialysis systems were distributed to hospitals, health facilities, and ... Read More

Missouri Man Dies After IVC Filter Travels to His Heart

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Eugene Benzing, a husband, father and grandfather to eight grandchildren, died on a hospital floor at University of Kansas Medical Center while recovering from bariatric surgery. Doctors discovered his Recovery IVC filter had broken away and entered his heart. When Benzing decided to have bariatric surgery, doctors were hesitant to perform the surgery because he had a history of pulmonary embolism. A doctor finally agreed to the surgery if he would be implanted with an IVC filter first, the Recovery model made by C.R. Bard.  A retrievable IVC filter is a spider-like device inserted into the inferior vena cava (the largest vein in ... Read More

Ford Issues Safety Recalls For Powertrain Control and Tire Defects


Ford Motor Company issued a safety recall Wednesday of more than 200,000 vehicles in the United States and Canada, citing potential defects in the powertrain control module that could cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash. The recall encompasses 201,900 vehicles and includes certain 2011 and 2012 Ford F-150 pickup trucks, 2012 Ford Expedition SUVs, Lincoln Navigator SUVs built in 2011, and Ford Mustangs built in 2011 and 2012. Ford reports that the output speed sensor in the transmission lead frame of these vehicles could, under certain conditions, malfunction and force a ... Read More

Amtrak, BNSF sue Cattle Feed Company Over Kansas Train Derailment


Amtrak and BNSF Railway Company have filed a lawsuit against a Cimarron, Kansas, cattle feed company whose truck allegedly damaged the railroad tracks in southwestern Kansas and caused a Chicago-bound passenger train to derail last month. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Kansas, accuses Cimarron Crossing Feeders LLC of negligence in damaging the tracks and seeks more than $75,000 in damages. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigated the March 14 derailment, which injured 32 passengers, including at least two critically, tracing fresh tire tracks in the area of the damaged track back to the Cimarron Crossings feed truck ... Read More

Could other companies start settling power morcellator lawsuits?


Johnson & Johnson, maker of about three quarters of the controversial power morcellator devices used to perform hysterectomies, is raising eyebrows of other power morcellator manufacturers by settling personal injury claims over cancer spread. But those other companies have yet to enter into any agreements with clients. Johnson & Johnson discontinued sales of its power morcellator in July 2014 following concerns that the device could spread undiagnosed uterine cancer. Since then, the company has settled about 70 lawsuits and is working to resolve even more. The news comes just months after the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation consolidated several morcellator ... Read More

OSHA deems Russell Stover a ‘Severe Violator’ of safety rules after potentially deadly chemical release


IOLA, Kan. – An air conditioning unit pipe failed at a Russell Stover candy manufacturing facility in September 2015, releasing several pounds of anhydrous ammonia into the air and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of workers as emergency alarms sounded. Although no workers were injured by the leak, the incident prompted a federal investigation of the Kansas plant that uncovered multiple safety violations, many of which put employees at serious risk of injury and death and landed Russell Stover Candies Inc. in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) Severe Violator Enforcement Program. The violations for which OSHA cited the ... Read More

U.S. Forms Ten Regional Task Forces To Tackle Elder Abuse

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The U.S. Justice Department announced the launch of 10 regional Elder Justice Task Forces that will combine the resources and efforts of federal, state, and local prosecutors with law enforcement agencies and providers of services to the elderly to better pursue elder abuse in nursing homes that provide “grossly substandard care” to their residents. The newly launched Elder Justice Task Forces will include representatives from the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, state Medicaid Fraud Control Units, state and local prosecutors’ offices, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), state Adult Protective Services agencies, Long-Term Care Ombudsman programs, and law enforcement. The task forces ... Read More