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Fidget Spinners: A Choking Hazard Without Warning

Fidget spinners are the latest toy craze sweeping the country.  They consist of small pieces of plastic, metal, and a ball bearing that the user can rotate between their fingers.  Fidget spinners act as a release mechanism for people with nervous energy or psychological stress.

Initially the toy was marketed for children and adults who struggle with focusing or fidgeting, such as those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism. But their popularity has increased beyond their initial target group and children of all ages can be seen playing with fidget spinner toys.

Graco’s “My Ride 65” Car Seats Recalled

On May 24, 2017, Graco recalled 25,494 car seats. The specific car seat, My Ride 65, was produced between May and August 2014. According to CNN, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced that the webbing of the car seat failed to meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. The agency found that the car seat did not properly restrain a child in the event of a crash.

“In the event of a serious motor vehicle crash, the harness webbing restraining the child may break resulting in a child not being properly restrained,” the agency reported. Graco researched the issue and found the problem to stem from a single piece of weak webbing. Graco will notify owners of the My Ride 65 and provide them with a new harness, free of charge. The recall is expected to start July 17, 2017.

Graco’s recent recall on car seats brings attention to children’s safety in the car. According to AAA, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death and injury for all children. Parents need to do everything they can to ensure their young children are safe in car seats. Car seats can save young children even during minor accidents.

All people in a vehicle need to be properly restrained by a seatbelt or a car seat to help prevent injury or death during an unexpected accident. As stated by AAA, “Car seats reduce the risk of injury by 71% to 82% and reduced the risk of death by 28% in comparison to children in seat belts alone.” Children who are safely fastened into car seats are at a much less risk of injury than those who are only wearing seat belts.

Can a Stockert 3T Heater-Cooler Cause Surgical Complications?

When a patient undergoes lung or heart transplant surgery, it’s crucial that the operation occurs in a 100% sterile environment. Even a single trace of bacteria may cause a patient to develop a life-threatening infection. Transplant surgery patients are at an immunocompromised (weakened) state during surgery and they’re in an exposed condition for a long period of time. Surgeons and surgical assistants take every precaution necessary.

Everything from the equipment used to the members of the surgical team must remain sterile throughout an entire transplant surgery. This includes any devices that are responsible for providing oxygen to the patient, circulating water through equipment, or regulating a patient’s body temperature. Most devices are tested thoroughly by the manufacturers and are guaranteed to be sterile.

How Do I Know if My Hip Implant is Defective?

If you’ve had metal-on-metal hip replacement surgery, you’ve already been through a long surgery and recovery process that has almost assuredly affected your life and livelihood. As you’re recovering from surgery, you may have noticed certain side effects that are complicating the recovery process. Some side effects and complications are normal, but others are not.

You may also be aware that certain hip replacement implants are currently under FDA recall. Most hip implant surgeries have excellent outcomes, but others do not. Many of these poor outcomes are due to implants that are defective or do not hold up over time. When a hip replacement surgery patient is injured or suffers from a defective hip implant, that patient may face additional surgeries, a long and painful recovery process, or may not even recover at all.

Not All Types of Hernia Mesh Are Safe

When a patient suffers from a ventral hernia—a bulge of tissues, organs, or intestines that immerge from an opening in a patient’s abdominal wall—one of the safest ways to repair the hernia is by surgically inserting a bioabsorbable mesh patch over the opening in the abdominal wall. Bioabsorbable hernia patches are naturally absorbed by the body and allow the tissues to heal and become stronger over time, ensuring they’re held in place without complications.

Before 2010, most types and brands of hernia mesh patches on the market were created using components that the body could partially absorb. These patches were also made with porous materials that allow the tissues to naturally grow with the mesh itself. This prevents painful adhesions as well as reduces the chances of inflammation and infection.

In 2010, a company called Ethicon changed that with the creation of a new type of hernia mesh they called Physiomesh. Physiomesh was not required to be tested on humans since the manufacturer claimed the mesh was “similar” to other safe types of mesh. As a result, Physiomesh was rushed to market and widely used during surgeries nationwide.

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