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December 2014 Archives

Pharmaceutical workers charged for 2012 meningitis outbreak

Kentucky patients who were diagnosed with fungal meningitis or spine and joint infections within the past few years may be interested to learn that workers at a pharmaceutical company were charged on Dec. 17 for selling contaminated steroids. The report stated that the steroids, which were given to a large number of people for back pain in 2012, were linked to 64 patient deaths.

Skull fractures in car accidents

One possible outcome of a car accident or any other severe, trauma-inducing incident is a skull fracture. Kentucky residents might benefit from being aware of the physical characteristics of a skull fracture, the long-term prognosis for healing or debility and the legal ramifications of such an injury.

Action taken to eliminate paperwork requirement for truckers

Truck drivers in Kentucky and throughout the rest of the U.S. are no longer required to file the amount of paperwork once expected of them. According to U.S. Transportation, a rule that took effect on Dec. 18 waives the daily pre- and post-trip inspection paperwork, only requiring truck drivers to file the necessary reports if any equipment or safety issues are discovered.

Some at greater risk for drinking and driving than others

Drivers in Kentucky likely know that drinking and driving is illegal but do not have all the important safety information regarding this issue. The amount of U.S. adults that have admitted to driving while impaired by alcohol totals 112 million people every year, but only 1.4 million drivers were arrested for alcohol or drug related offenses in 2010. Since more people drive under the influence of alcohol than are caught yearly, this could be a reason 10,322 people died in 2012 due to crashes involving alcohol impairment.

Facts about the most dangerous toys and protecting children

Before making toy purchases, Kentucky residents might like to read about what toys pose the most danger to children. According to a study by the Center for Injury Research and Policy, during the period from 1990 to 2011, roughly 3,250,000 children in the U.S. received emergency room treatment for injuries from toys. Of that amount, more than 50 percent represented children younger than five years old.

New technology to avoid vehicle accidents

Kentucky drivers may know that accidents sometimes happen due to delayed reaction time. There are technologies available that alert the driver to unexpected conditions or help maintain vehicle stability. While such features are offered as options, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is being urged to institute updated standards, obligating carmakers to make such technologies mandatory in new vehicles.

Potassium chloride solution recalled

Baxter International Inc., a pharmaceutical supplier with distribution in Kentucky and across America, has recently issued a recall notice for one lot of their product, Highly Concentrated Potassium Chloride Injection, 10 mEq per 100 mL. This recall was triggered by the number of complaints that they had received from users about mislabeling of the overpouch. The lot in question had been distributed to customers between June 23 and Oct. 2. The corporation has offered to replace any unaffected lot numbers as well. They are also actively soliciting information about adverse reactions from medical personnel and any affected patients.

Graco recalls 4.7 million strollers in U.S.

Parents of young children in Kentucky may be interested to learn about a massive recall of Graco strollers. Approximately 4.7 million Graco strollers in the United States have been recalled as a result of a potential finger laceration or amputation hazard. The recall was announced on Nov. 20, and 11 different models were included.