Bacterial Contamination from Pharmacy Robots

Bacterial Contamination from Pharmacy Robots

Charlotte NC Medical Malpractice Lawyer

There is a significant rise in hospitals around the country that have begun implementing the use of robotic drug dispensers to prepare intravenous medications to be administered to patients, in a sterile environment. When there is a risk of contamination of the intravenous medication, a patient could be at a high risk for infection. Contamination is exactly what researchers found when they inspected one of these robotic drug dispensers at a hospital.

The contamination was found during a routine screening at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina. The hospital staff was conducting an inspection of the robotic drug dispensing machine, and found cultures of Bacillus cereus bacteria in the dispenser. This is believed to be the very first time that there has been a known contamination of these robotic drug dispensers.

Fortunately, the researchers were able to conduct an inspection, based on quality assurance measures that were developed by the manufacturer of the robot. The contamination was found before it resulted in dangerous infections.

These dispensers are used to prepare intravenous medications that are administered to a patient through their IV line. Contamination in the dispenser can therefore contaminate the intravenous drug, and this medication, including the germs, can be delivered directly into the person’s bloodstream. These are extremely deadly infections that have high fatality rates. Any person who is diagnosed with a blood stream infection is at risk for developing pneumonia and sepsis, and the symptoms could begin to worsen quickly.

Researchers have looked into why the robotic drug dispensers were contaminated, and found that the manufacturer’s cleaning and sanitization guidelines were inadequate. They found that the contamination of the dispenser was linked to the washing station, and tubing. This part of the robot is not considered a sterile section, and therefore, the manufacturer did not give any instructions about the inspection of the washing station and tubing. The manufacturer however, did recommend regular cleaning with alcohol to sterilize inaccessible parts. However, as this contamination shows, these practices may not be sufficient to adequately sterilize the dispenser.

Medical technology companies are introducing a number of devices that make healthcare processes more efficient, and save resources. However, many times, these products are introduced into the market without proper research, and testing. Patients are possibly at risk of medical injuries and infections when manufacturers don’t include the instructions of sterilization, and maintenance of these devices.

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Brain Injuries Prevalent in Teen Drivers

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Teen drivers are known to be one of the most at-risk groups for car accidents in general. Although overall car accident rates have declined over the past few years, car crashes continue to be the leading cause of traumatic brain injury-related deaths among teens.A new study indicates that teen victims of car accidents are also likely to sustain a traumatic brain injury.

“The brain is the organ that is least able to heal, so prevention is the best medicine,” said the lead author of the report. Lawmakers and researchers agree that a graduated licensing system is one effective way to prevent car accidents among teen drivers. Surveys have shown that states with graduated licensing laws have a lower rate of brain injuries and traffic fatalities among teen drivers.

Seat belt laws have also been shown to be effective ways to prevent brain injuries in the event of a crash. There are also some initiatives in graduated licensing systems to limit the number of passengers a teen driver can transport, restrictions on cell phone use, and restricted nighttime driving.

Roughly 55,000 teenage drivers and their passengers sustained injuries in 2009 and 2010. Of those, approximately 30%  had acute head injuries. These injuries include concussions, skull fractures, and traumatic brain injuries.

The graduated licensing laws help encourage teens to exercise additional care while driving, and to pay attention to potentially dangerous situations. Drivers who do not exercise a reasonable level of care behind the wheel may be liable for any injuries that they cause.

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If you have experienced a traumatic brain injury, take the first step to protect your legal rights– contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law serving both North Carolina and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, so act quickly.  Call (855) 5-BICE-LAW today or submit an online request  to get a free consultation with a traumatic brain injury attorney Results are how we measure success – we’ve built a strong reputation both in and out of the courtroom, and we’ll put our experience and expertise to work on your behalf.

 

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Motorcycle Helmets Linked to Hearing Loss

Charlotte NC Motorcycle Accident Lawyer

Motorcyclists wearing helmets may be at risk of hearing loss, not from the loud noise of their motorcycle engine, but from the sound of the wind cutting through the helmet. A new study has been done that shows the need for greater research to produce safer helmets that don’t have any health effects. If there is truly a risk to a motorcyclist’s hearing, this would indicate a higher risk of motorcycle accidents due to the inability of the rider to hear approaching vehicles and horns.

According to research by scientists at the University of Bath and Bath Spa University, wind can escape from just underneath the helmet, and can damage the eardrums. This sound can be strong enough to cause hearing loss. The study titled Aeroacoustic Sources of Motorcycle Helmet Noise finds that motorcyclists who wear helmets may be a risk of suffering hearing loss even when they ride at safe speeds.

The scientists in the study used mannequins, and re-created the levels of noise that a motorcyclist is exposed to while riding. They found one particular spot under the helmet which allows sound to travel to the eardrums. The researchers are calling for more studies into the differences in how motorcyclists perceive sound, in order to better understand what’s going on here.

In the meantime, they recommend protecting your hearing while wearing a helmet by using earplugs. Earplugs have long been found to be to be an effective way of protecting the ears from damage. Earplugs can help block out much of the noise that attacks eardrums, but allows motorcyclists to continue to hear important sounds, like traffic noise. Earplugs have been popular among motorcyclists for a while now, but are likely to become even more popular now that the study shows a high risk of hearing loss from helmets.

Wearing a helmet is still recommended regardless of the findings in this study. While we respect the opinions of the individuals who do not prefer to wear helmets, the benefits of wearing a motorcycle helmet are greater than any risks of suffering hearing loss from helmet use. The helmet is the most basic protection that a motorcyclist has, protecting him from fatal or serious traumatic brain injury in an accident.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, helmeted motorcyclists not only have a lower risk of suffering serious or fatal injuries, but also have lower hospitalization expenses and a shorter hospital stay after an accident. Non-helmeted motorcyclists are much more likely to suffer a serious injury, and end up spending more on hospitalization with several days in an inpatient treatment facility.

Researchers should use the findings of this study to design a safer helmet that can not only protect the motorcyclist from traumatic brain injury, but also reduce the risk of hearing loss. Anti-helmet groups already have enough reasons why they believe helmets should not be made mandatory, and they are likely to use these findings to further their cause. A motorcyclist has little control over how other motorists behave around them. They can’t control or account for drivers’ speeding, reckless driving or drunk driving. However, they can increase their chances of surviving accidents by wearing DOT-approved helmets.

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We investigate the accident records or scene in order to interview key witnesses and document evidence before it has been destroyed or removed.  We’ll review your medical records and evaluate your long-term prognosis to assess the amount of damages that your injury warrants. We proudly serve the people of North and South Carolina. We’ll determine whether an out-of-court settlement or trial is the best strategy to obtain maximum benefits for you or your family. If you have been involved in a serious motorcycle accident, take the first step to protect your legal rights – contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law today by calling (855) 5-BICE-LAW or submit an online request to get a free consultation with a motorcycle accident attorneyResults are how we measure success – we’ve built a strong reputation both in and out of the courtroom, and we’ll put our experience and expertise to work on your behalf.

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Increase in Pedestrian Deaths

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In 2010, there was a record decrease in fatal vehicle accidents from the year prior. Unfortunately, the amount of fatal pedestrian accidents has increased.

Across the United States in 2010 32,885 people died in auto accidents, this is the lowest traffic accident death numbers on record since 1949. Accident fatality numbers have decreased although the number of miles being driven by American motorists increased. In fact, there was a drop in almost all categories of car accident deaths in 2010, including drunk driving accidents.

Pedestrian accident deaths actually increased 2010 by about 4.2% from the prior year. In total there were more than 70,000 people who suffered a personal injury across the United States in 2010, which is an increase of 19%. That increase is puzzling considering that it comes after 4 year decline in pedestrian accident death numbers in the US.

Federal transportation officials do not have any explanation for this increase in pedestrian accident fatality numbers. However, the data is still new, and we may have more answers in the months ahead. There are some theories about the reasons for this increase. According to Transportation for America, a pedestrian advocacy organization, there has been an increase in the number of people walking and biking to work in recent months. However, even though there has been an increase in the number of pedestrians, safety conditions have not really improved.

Most pedestrian safety concerns can be linked to poor road design that does not factor in the safety concerns of pedestrians. Many regions in the country have also experienced a movement of low-income groups and immigrants into suburban areas. This has meant an increase in the pedestrian population in suburban areas that have been primarily designed for automobiles.

There’s also some speculation that an increase in pedestrian distractions is also contributing to increasing accident numbers. However, Atlanta pedestrian accident lawyers find that hard to believe. There seems to be little evidence to indicate that there has been any increase in pedestrian distractions, like cell phone use while walking.

Unfortunately, this particular area of traffic safety seems to suffer from a lack of research. There is very little solid data available about pedestrian and motorist behaviors as far as pedestrian safety is concerned. However, there are some details that are accepted as fact. For instance, drunk driving seems to be a major factor in pedestrian accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009, approximately 40% of all pedestrian accident deaths in the country were caused by drunk drivers

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The personal injury firm of Bice Law will examine your case to determine the type and amount of damages that your injury warrants, including payments for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and any permanent disability.  We’ll determine whether an out-of-court settlement or trial is the best strategy to obtain maximum benefits for you or your family. If you have been hurt in a pedestrian accident, take the first step to protect your legal rights – contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law serving both North Carolina and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, so act quickly.  Call (855) 5-BICE-LAW today or submit an online request  to get a free consultation with a  pedestrian accident lawyerWe serve families across both North and South Carolina.  Results are how we measure success – we’ve built a strong reputation both in and out of the courtroom, and we’ll put our experience and expertise to work on your behalf.

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