Blog Posts in March, 2017

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  • Multi-State Investigation Continues as E.coli Infections from I.M. Healthy Brand SoyNut Butter Expand

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 31-Mar-2017

    Posted by Salvatore J, Zambri, founding member and partner. According to the recently-posted update on the CDC website, multi-state outbreaks of Shiiga toxin-producing Escherichia coliO157:H7 (E.coli) infections are linked to I.M. Healthy Brand SoyNut Butter. Tracking of the recent outbreak began on March 7, 2017, when the company recalled all varieties of I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butters and all ...
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  • 5 Dangers in the Home Hiding in Plain Sight

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 30-Mar-2017

    Laundry detergent pods—those convenient dissolvable packets you just throw into the washing machine—have become extremely popular in recent years. However, who would have thought they could pose a danger to your child’s eyes? The New England Journal of Medicine recently released a bulletin stating that between 2012 and 2015, incidents of ocular burns from detergent pods in ...
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  • Takata Airbag Recall List of Vehicles Continues to Grow

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 27-Mar-2017

    After years of scandal, millions of dollars in fines and even criminal charges, the Takata airbag fiasco doesn’t show signs of fading anytime soon. In January, automakers Ford and Toyota collectively added more than 1.3 million affected vehicles to the recall list for faulty airbag inflators. Since the first investigations began in 2013, Consumer Reports says that as of this month, the ...
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  • New Doctors to Be Allowed to Work 24-Hour Shifts Starting July 2017

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 24-Mar-2017

    Starting July 1, a profession already plagued by fatigue may become less safe for patients. As the Washington Post reports, the Accreditation Counsel for Graduate Medical Education has approved lifting the 16-hour shift cap on first-year doctors, enabling them to pull 24-hour consecutive shifts in hospitals across the United States. The counsel says the change should actually make healthcare safer ...
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  • The Dangers of Sleep Deprived Doctors and Nurses: By the Numbers

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 22-Mar-2017

    For many healthcare professionals, the battle to get enough sleep is a constant challenge. Many resident physicians are on call for 24 hours at a time, often in recurring shifts. Nurses commonly work 13-14 hours at a time—sometimes longer—and are often asked to come back for coinciding night and/or day shifts. Does sleep deprivation affect patient safety? Many studies say it does. By ...
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  • Staying Alive While on Spring Break: What You (or Your College-Age Kids) Need to Know

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 20-Mar-2017

    Spring Break is considered a rite of passage for many college students—a chance to blow off steam and gain new experiences. However, the holiday also presents a sizeable amount of risk, not just for regrettable actions, but for fatalities as well. Consider the following: Traffic fatalities in popular spring break destinations tend to increase by 9.1 percent over the weeks of spring break, ...
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  • St. Patrick's Day Accident Statistics-and How to Stay Safe During the Holiday

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 16-Mar-2017

    St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, is one of America’s best-loved holidays for drinking, and not just among the Irish. Unfortunately, that fact also points to a dramatic increase in safety risks. Before you indulge in multiple pints of green beer this year, take a look at the following St. Patrick’s Day statistics, compiled from WalletHub and the National Highway Transportation Safety ...
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  • Driving Dangers of Slush: How to Stay Safe

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 15-Mar-2017

    At the end of a snowstorm, when the roads begin improving and the melting starts, many people assume the driving dangers are past. In fact, driving in slushy conditions after a snowstorm can be just as dangerous as driving during the storm itself. Here’s why: The physics of driving in slush are complicated and counterintuitive. Slush is in many ways a very different animal than snow and ice. ...
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  • Daylight Saving Time Safety Tips

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 14-Mar-2017

    This Sunday, we set our clocks forward one hour to observe Daylight Saving Time. While this annual “spring forward” ritual seems harmless enough, studies show several possible safety risks associated with the time change. Consider the following: According to a study by the University of Alabama at Birmingham, there is a 10 percent increased risk of having a heart attack during the days ...
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