Monday, April 20, 2009

Old Medical Devices Need New FDA Approvals

Medical devices whose Class III approvals were grandfathered in during the 1970s must now go through the process of proving their safety.” The hope is to make the devices more marketable by reclassifying them into less-risky categories. The FDA has had three classes of devices, from non-risky Class I bandages to very-risky Class III pacemakers.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Two Motorcycles Involved in Accident

Ronald Saltz and passenger, Rosemary Rodriguez, were airlifted to Regions Hospital after Saltz’s motorcycle crossed into the opposite lane on a sharp curve and hit a northbound Chevrolet Suburban. A second cyclist, Daniel Schreier was treated and released at a near by hospital when he was struck by Saltz’s motorcycle as it crossed back into the southbound lane.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Nurse Assistant Accused of Abuse at Nursing Home

28-year-old, Sharoia D. Hill, was arraigned on two counts of aggravated battery, alleging that she struck an 87-year-old man in the face with a fist while working at a Champaign County nursing home. Sheriff's Lt. Ed Ogle said Hill is a certified nursing assistant in the Alzheimer's unit of the nursing home in Urbana and became upset with the man. Two witnesses saw her hit him with a closed fist sometime between 5 and 6 p.m., Ogle said. The Class 3 felony charges carry potential penalties ranging from probation to three to five years in prison upon conviction.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Children's Pacifier and Play Yard Recalled

Due to choking hazards HealthTex of Miami, Florida has recalled about 40,000 Healthtex Zoo Pacifiers. The CPSC explained that the Healthtex Zoo Pacifiers failed to meet federal safety standards. The nipples can separate from the base easily, posing a choking hazard to young children. The recall involves Zoo pacifiers with animal cartoon figures as handles. The recalled Healthtex Zoo Pacifiers were made in Spain and sold at supermarkets and pharmacy stores nationwide from December 2002 through March 2009 for about $1.40.

Also about 25,000 Simplicity Travel Tender Play Yards have been recalled by importer Simplicity, Inc. and SFCA, Inc. of Reading, Pennsylvania. The recall was implemented because one or more rails on the Simplicity Travel Tender Play Yards can collapse unexpectedly, posing a fall or entrapment hazard to young children. The CPSC is aware of at least five reports of one or more rails collapsing. The recalled Simplicity Travel Tender Play Yards were made in China and sold at Burlington Coat Factory stores nationwide and online at,, and from March 2005 through January 2009 for about $100.

Companies Fined for Defective Children's Clothing

“Fourteen companies have agreed to pay more than $1 million in civil penalties for failing to promptly report sales of children's clothing with drawstrings through the hood or neck,” the Consumer Product Safety Commission said today. Safety experts said these drawstrings can get caught in other objects and cause children to get strangled or trapped. In May 2006, the commission announced that all children’s jackets, sweaters and other upper outerwear with drawstrings at the hood or neck would be "regarded as defective and a substantial risk of injury to young children." The commission said the 14 companies, which include T.J. Maxx, did not immediately report the hazardous products, which all were recalled eventually. In settling the matter, the companies denied knowingly violating the law.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Hepatitis Patients Claim Medical Malpractice

In early 2008, more than 50,000 patients at two now-closed outpatient clinics were notified that they may have been exposed to bloodborne diseases caused by shoddy injection practices. The patients who believe they contracted Hepatitis C are demanding a change to the state law that limits how much defendants can collect in medical malpractice cases. "These healthcare providers, under anybody's standard, were grossly negligent, and they absolutely put profit ahead of patient safety," said Bill Bradley, a representative for trial lawyers.

16-Year-Old Attacked by Pit Bulls

While walking down the street a 16-year-old girl was attacked by two pit bulls. A male pit bull began biting her leg as the female dog latched on and wouldn’t let go. Two people who saw what was going on tried to help the girl by attempting to pull her away from the dogs. The girl was taken to Dyersburg Regional Medical Center where she received treatment. Her wounds consisted of bite marks, scratches, puncture wounds and bleeding. One deep wound had to have a suture, while the others were too jagged for stitches. Both pit bulls were caught and taken to the Dyersburg/Dyer County Humane Society.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Negligence Suit FIled After Drownings

Marshaun Williams has filed a negligence suit after the drowning of three students during a leadership retreat on the Fox River last November. The suit alleges that the school, the camp and those running the program didn’t provide proper supervision. On Nov. 14, 2008, 16 of 31 students chosen from the school to attend a campground retreat in suburban Algonquin snuck out of bed after 1 a.m. to cross the Fox River using paddle boats. But they didn't know the cork-size plugs under the boats had been removed to prepare the boats for winter and the paddle boats began taking in water. Jimmy Avant, 18; Melvin Choice III, 17 and Adrian Jones, 16, were killed in the drowning accident. The ten-count suit — which claims negligence, negligent infliction of emotional distress and willful and wanton conduct against each defendant — seeks more than $50,000 in damages.