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  • Simplicity & Graco Crib Recalls Announced by CPSC

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 30-Apr-2010

    Posted by Salvatore Zambri, founding partner Hundreds of thousands of Simplicity and Graco cribs were recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on April 29, 2010. Parents should stop using these cribs immediately and follow the advice on CPSC recall notices. We have reproduced the recall notices below in their entirety for our readers. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 29, 2010 Release ...
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  • Nurse Interruptions, Distractions Lead To Medical Errors

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 28-Apr-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner As reported recently by a HealthDay report, Patient Safety and Quality Healthcare article and Archives of Internal Medicine abstract, distractions and interruptions for nurses during medication preparation and administration lead to a higher rate of procedural failures and clinical errors. Although patient safety experts have warned about these ...
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  • Laura Bush’s New Book: More Attention to Distracted Driving

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 28-Apr-2010

    Posted by Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner As I have frequently blogged before, the dangers of distracted driving cannot be under-estimated, especially for teen drivers. In her new book "Spoken from the Heart," former First lady Laura Bush describes her deadly teen auto accident in which a high school friend was killed. According to Mrs. Bush, she and her friend were chatting when ...
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  • Mattel: Exempt from CPSC Testing Rules?

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 27-Apr-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner Following the unprecedented number of toy and child furniture recalls in 2007, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) was enacted to address safety issues, including mandatory third party testing for certain children’s products, lead certifications for both domestic products and imports, and tracking labeling requirements. In a ...
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  • Oprah Winfrey Speaks Out Against Distracted Driving

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 26-Apr-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner For those of you who have been following my posts, you know that I often blog about the catastrophic consequences of distracted driving. I am also a frequent lecturer to students about the ills of distracted driving. Oprah Winfrey recognizes the dangers of distracted driving too. In fact, she has publicly spoken out against driving while using a ...
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  • Maryland’s Highest Court to Determine Constitutionality of Cap on Damages Awards

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 23-Apr-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner American Medical News reported that the Maryland Court of Appeals "is set to decide the constitutionality of a general liability cap in a case that likely will impact a separate limit on noneconomic awards in medical liability suits." On April 2, the court "heard oral arguments in a wrongful death case" in which a $4 million ...
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  • Wide Variance In Safety Of US Mine Operations Are Found

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 23-Apr-2010

    Posted by Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner In a feature, front-page article, the New York Times reports, "The numerous and very public violations and fatalities at Massey-owned mines over the years may leave the impression that all mines are run this way." However, "a comparison between Massey’s safety practices and those of other operators in the coal industry shows ...
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  • Sedative Vials Too Large, Doctor Testifies

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 22-Apr-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that an anesthesiologist testified that "the 50-milliliter vials of anesthetic linked to a hepatitis C outbreak would have been enough to knock out a 600 pound gorilla during a colonoscopy," in the trial of Henry Chanin who was infected with hepatitis C during a 2006 colonoscopy in a Southern Nevada ...
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  • FDA Warns Pfizer About Insufficient Oversight During Clinical Trial Involving Children

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 21-Apr-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner The AP reports that in a warning letter dated April 9 and posted online April 20, the Food and Drug Administration said that Pfizer "has failed to correct problems with its testing procedures that resulted in overdoses of several children during a company trial" of "an experimental medication, which the agency did not name." ...
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  • CPSC Launches Searchable Database for Consumers

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 21-Apr-2010

    Posted by Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner On April 15, 2010, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted to begin working on a searchable database, www.saferproducts.gov, intended to make complaints about unsafe products visible to the public. Product recalls have been posted on the CPSC website for some time. However, the new database will allow consumers to view concerns before any ...
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  • Lawn Mower Safety: Practice Common Sense

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 21-Apr-2010

    Posted by Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner If you believe in urban legend, you might think that lawn mowers attack their victims. In reality, lawn mowing is an extremely dangerous activity that is frequently viewed as just one of those chores routinely delegated to children. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) , about 230,000 people are treated in hospital ...
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  • Bicycle Safety Means More Than Wearing a Helmet

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 20-Apr-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner "Around 33,000 people die in car crashes in the U.S. each year. About 1 in 41 is a bicyclist." In addition, an estimated 600,000 people were treated in emergency rooms for bicycle-related injuries, in a single yea r, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Chilling statistics, aren’t they? According to ...
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  • Children and Window Safety: Toddler’s Death Renews Concern

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 15-Apr-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner As warmer weather arrives, police are cautioning residents to be careful when they leave windows open to let in fresh air. Recent serious incidents involving young children falling from windows highlight an often-overlooked safety issue for children. Community safety experts offer the following guidelines: "Every year children in our community ...
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  • Actor Quaid Is Advocate For Hospital Safety

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 14-Apr-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner USA Today reports that according to actor Dennis Quaid, "When a crash happens, it’s so public. … No one is going to fly on their airplanes unless they have that trust." Yet, "when a mistake occurs in a hospital, the public might never hear about it. Although an estimated 100,000 Americans die each year because of medical ...
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  • Antidepressants May Similarly Affect Suicide Risk In Children, Adolescents

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 13-Apr-2010

    HealthDay reported that, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, "there appears to be no difference among antidepressants in raising a kid’s risk of suicidal thoughts." Harvard School of Public Health researchers "collected data on 20,906 children aged 10 to 18 who had been diagnosed with depression in British Columbia," after following the children for ...
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  • Complex Operations for Spinal Stenosis Patients in Medicare Population Increases at Alarming Rate

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 9-Apr-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner According to the Associated Press (AP), "A study of Medicare patients shows that costlier, more complex spinal fusion surgeries are on the rise-and sometimes done unnecessarily-for a common lower back condition caused by aging and arthritis. What’s more alarming is that the findings suggest these more challenging operations are riskier, ...
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  • Toyota Knew of Sudden Acceleration Problems In Early 2006

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 9-Apr-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner Bloomberg News reports that according to "company timelines" submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ( NHTSA ), Toyota "knew about flaws that could cause unintended acceleration more than 3 1/2 years before it recalled cars and trucks to fix the defects." The report points out that the auto manufacturer ...
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  • Stalevo May Increase Prostate Cancer Risk, Says FDA

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 2-Apr-2010

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner CONTACT US Bloomberg News reported that "Novartis AG and Orion Oyj’s Stalevo treatment for Parkinson’s disease may be linked to an increased risk of prostate cancer, US health regulators said." In a statement found on its website, the FDA states that its "review of Stalevo is ongoing, and no new conclusions or ...
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