Medical equipment could cause breathing issues

Submitted by jrlaw on Sep 11th, 2009

The FDA has recalled a medical device, a pediatric-sized tracheal tube. (Check here for pictures of tracheal tubes) In some situations the tube is smaller than the packaging indicates. This can make it difficult for technicians and medical personnel to remove it without causing diffculty in breathing for children. This increases the possibility for injury or death.

Would you use a refurbished car seat?

Submitted by jrlaw on Sep 8th, 2009

It’s not just based on how old your child is or their weight. Did you know that a car seat may need to be replaced after an accident? But, not all accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), you should consider the level of a crash to determine if the seat needs to be replaced or not.

If it is a moderate or severe crash, the seat should be replaced. If it is a minor crash, the seat does not need to be replaced. Here is how the NHTSA defines a minor crash and what to look for.

Is your GPS navigation deadly?

Submitted by jrlaw on Sep 4th, 2009

What is it with gadgets that people do not know how or when to use them? Dallas Oak Cliff area experienced two automobile accidents yesterday.

One was related to mechanical failure and the auto careened down a rocky embankment and landed in a creek bed. No one was reported with serious injuries.

How safe are the medical devices used for your child?

Submitted by jrlaw on Sep 1st, 2009

Most medical devices are created for adults. Those used with children may be ones modified from an adult version, devices for general use and some are created specifically for pediatrics. The FDA actually follows the development process for devices created for pediatrics all the way to market approval.

Bed Rail Safety Tips for Your Loved One

Submitted by Anonymous on Aug 13th, 2009

The side rails of a hospital bed have long been an issue in nursing homes and hospitals but not a hot topic. But, poorly monitored and checked beds can result in injury and even death. Considering these beds are not only used in hospitals but also out-patient care centers, long-term care facilities and also in private homes, this becomes an important bit of information to spread around.

The Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) reports there over 2.5 million hospital beds in use just within the United States alone and the center regulates these beds.

Reports Continue to Grow with Zicam Recall

Submitted by Anonymous on Aug 10th, 2009

The FDA’s warning has been in effect since June 2009 and over 130 consumers had reported complete or partial loss of smell. The FDA advised consumers to stop using three Zicam cold remedy products: Nasal Gel, Nasal Swabs and Swabs, Kids Size.

“Loss of sense of smell is a serious risk for people who use these products for relief from cold symptoms,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). The FDA is encouraging consumers to contact their health providers.

Defective Product Recall: July 2009

Submitted by Anonymous on Jul 10th, 2009

Four consumer products were recalled today: smoke alarms, tea kettles, sports balls and children's pullover jackets. Each of these items was recalled because of potential danger and risks involved with each product’s use.

Update: Jardine Baby Crib Recall

Submitted by Anonymous on May 13th, 2009

The Jardine Baby Crib recall, announced on April 30, 2009 and covered previously in this blog, has consumers fuming. This latest post from the Consumerist, a social resource for all consumer woes, highlights the arcane, unusual, and backward practices involved with crib recall procedures. (It also includes one of the cuter baby pictures I've seen.)
Other consumers are disgruntled as well: this is the second recall of these cribs and many customers are noting that Jardine is requiring customers to ship the crib back to the company (via FedEx) and THEN receive a voucher for a new crib. Screws and all. Disassembling a crib is just as difficult and confusing as the original assembly was; keeping all the screws in the process, while watching the baby who used to sleep in the crib, is, by many accounts, impossible. Not to mention a child without a bed while waiting each day for the mail to be delivered.
We find this unacceptable. Product safety, especially when children are involved, is of paramount importance, and the recall process should be efficient, predictable, and easy. Requiring this much effort on the part of customers is silly, if not dangerous. Shame to Jardine and to any other retailer who complicate this necessary process!

Another Possible Heparin Contamination?

Submitted by jrlaw on May 13th, 2009

A quick update on drug safety: today, the FDA announced that it is testing and reviewing the drug Heparin following the possibly related death of two Delaware patients last week, sparking new concerns of Heparin contamination. Though the 2008 contamination was linked to Chinese-based products, the drug was found responsible for more than eighty deaths. Will these two deaths - and third illness, also in Delaware - be enough to conduct a full review of the safety and efficacy of drug production and process? The FDA has remained quiet on the issue, stating only that this incident appears to be isolated. We're not so sure, and will stay up-to-date on the FDA investigation and conclusions.


Cribs and Clothing and Microwaves, Oh My!

Submitted by Anonymous on May 13th, 2009

The news over the past week has focused on the dangers of consumer products, including exploding microwaves, water-based face paints, defective baby cribs, and injuries stemming from a front-fork failure of bicycles.
What's there to do to protect yourself, your friends, and your family?
The most painstaking process at this point is simply an online search of the product you're looking to purchase. Mobile devices certainly make this process easier, but unless there are several hazardous occurrences with a particular product - or you're willing to spend a considerable amount of time looking for information - it may be impossible to find any information as to the safety of a product. However, the Consumer Product Safety Commission not only publishes regular recall and dangerous product notices, but also enables consumers to receive regular updates via email.
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