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Medicare Proposes Adding to Its List of Hospital-Acquired Conditions For Which It Will Not Pay the Extra Costs

Posted On Apr 17, 2008 @ 08:55 AM by SEO Admin

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing to add an additional nine categories to its initial list of 8 conditions that could reasonably have been prevented. that Medicare will no longer pay the extra costs of treating when acquired in the hospital . In a statement dated April 14, 2008, CMS proposed to add the following to its list of conditions that it will not pay for: Surgical site infections following certain elective procedures: Legionnaire's disease; Extreme blood sugar derangement; Iatrogenic pneumothorax or collapsed lungs; Delirium; Ventilator-associated pneumonia; Deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism; Staphylococcus aureus septicemia or bloodstream infection; and Clostridium difficile associated disease. In addition, CMS is proposing to create new codes to better identify two conditions that were previously selected: foreign object retained after surgery; and pressure u

Construction Accidents: What's Up With the Cranes?

Posted On Apr 14, 2008 @ 10:14 PM by SEO Admin

Apparently it's not sufficient that an inspector makes a phantom inspection of a Manhattan construction site crane that subsequently collapses, killing 7 people, injuring another 24 people, destroying a building, and causing untold other horrors. An investigation by New York State's inspector general has found that a Crane Operator Examining Board examiner issued more than 200 improper certificates to operators even though they had failed their practical exams. Examiner Frank Fazzio even improperly issued himself a crane certificate. He has been removed from the Crane Board. The investigation was prompted by an allegation that certificates were being unfairly denied to non-union crane operators. The inspector general's office found that state labor officials were notified about 42 improperly issued crane certificates in 2004, but failed to act. Als

NYC Construction Site Crane Accident Puts Increased Attention on the City's Buiding Department Inspection System

Posted On Apr 4, 2008 @ 03:27 PM by SEO Admin

In developments related to the March 16, 2008, crane collapse in New York City, a city inspector has been charged with lying that he had checked on the construction crane when in fact he had not. The inspection was purportedly made in response to a complaint made by a retired contractor on March 4 because he had been concerned for days about the lack of braces securing the crane at a construction site. The inspector, Edward Marquette, 46, was charged with falsifying business records and offering a false instrument for filing. If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison. It is not believed that the absence of the inspection caused the crane to fall. In addition, New York City ordered broad changes to the way it inspects and regulates tower cranes. The Buildings Department said a city inspector will now have to be present every time a crane is erected, jumped or dismantled. It also said it will require the pro

Jane Jarvis, Former Mets Organist, Displaced by NYC Crane Accident; She Had Seen Crane Swaying in the Wind (and other Mets nostalgia)

Posted On Mar 27, 2008 @ 11:04 AM by SEO Admin

The 146-ton crane that collapsed in New York City this past March 15, forced 300 apartments to be evacuated. One of the people displaced by the collapse is Jane Jarvis, who played the organ for the New York Mets at Shea Stadium from 1964 through 1979. Weeks before the crane toppled, Ms. Jarvis, who is now 92 years of age, said that she saw it swaying in a windstorm, and we were praying to God that it wouldnt fall. Ms. Jarvis is remembered at Shea for playing an alternate theme song, "Let's Go Mets", as the team took the field before before every game, as well as for her renditions of the Mexican Hat Dance during the seventh-inning stretch. Before the Mets, Jarvis was organist for the Milwaukee Braves for 8 years. When she left the Mets, she was replaced by a machine. After the Mets gig, she decided to concentrate on jazz piano. She becam

Will Congress Pass First Major Consumer Product Legislation in 18 Years?

Posted On Mar 19, 2008 @ 11:31 PM by SEO Admin

Recent U.S. Senate approval, by a vote of 79 to 13, of a measure to overhaul the countrys consumer product laws and strengthen the Consumer Product Safety Commission that oversees the marketplace, moved Congress closer to passing the first major legislation in 18 years regulating dangerous products. However, the Senate bill bears many more teeth than the version the House unanimously passed in December, 2007. While on one hand some consumer advocates consider the House version to be a sop to industry, on the other hand the House bill is endorsed by the White House and by major manufacturers, and there was considerable opposition to the Senate bill including from the Consumer Product Safety Commission itself. Thus passage of a truly meaningful reform bill to address the many dangerous products on the market is questionable. A conference committee will n

More Details Emerge About Crane Accident at Construction Site

Posted On Mar 18, 2008 @ 12:28 AM by SEO Admin

With the recovery of three more bodies, seven people - six construction workers and a woman visiting for St. Patrick's Day - were killed in Saturday's crane collapse on East 51st Street in Manhattan. A preliminary city investigation found that the crane toppled after a steel collar used to tie it to the side of the building fell as workers attempted to install it. Officials are investigating whether a series of hoists and nylon straps used to hold the collar temporarily in place were strong enough to sustain its 12,000 pound weight, particularly since a ripped nylon strap was found attached to the collar. The collar, made of two U-shaped pieces of steel joined together, was to be secured to the tower and then tied by steel struts to the building. When the collar fell it slammed into another collar that was a major anchor securing the tower crane already in place at the ninth floor, shearing it from the struts that held it to the building and carrying it

Construction Safety at Issue: Crane Accident Yesterday Kills 4 and Injures over 12; Deutsche Bank Tower Contractors Fined $464K and Issued 44 Citations for Fatal Fire

Posted On Mar 16, 2008 @ 09:31 AM by SEO Admin

Just weeks after federal safety regulators proposed fining two contractors hired to demolish the condemned ground zero skyscraper Deutsche Bank tower $464,500 and accused them of a total of 44 safety hazards at the building in connection with a fire at the building on August 18, 2007, in which two firefighters died , yesterday at about 2:20 P.M., in what the authorities called one of the citys worst accidents, a crane towering over a high-rise construction site collapsed killing 4 people with more than a dozen others sustaining personal injuries. The crane had been attached at various points to the side of a planned 43-story building. A piece of steel fell and sheared off one of the ties holding it to the building, causing it to detach and topple. All of the dead are believed to be members of Local 15 of the Operating Engineers Union. Damage is

NYC Expands Pilot Pedestrian "Countdown Signals" Program to Try to Reduce Auto Accidents

Posted On Mar 3, 2008 @ 11:06 AM by SEO Admin

The New York City Department of Transportation has announced an expansion of the pilot program which analyzes the impacts on motorist and pedestrian behavior of "countdown signals," which display the number of seconds pedestrians have to cross the street before the opposing vehicle traffic is given the right of way. The expanded study will be conducted along busy corridors in all five boroughs. If successful in reducing injuries from motor vehicle accidents, the pilot program will no doubt be expanded. There are currently about 90,000 pedestrian signals citywide. This study will convert about 164 of these signals, at 24 intersections, to those that include the countdown timer. During this evaluation period the City's consultant will use visual and video-tape analysis to better understand if the countdown feature encourages safer behavior by both pedestrians and motorists. They will also collect data on vehicular

Report Reveals Dramatic Increase in Medication Errors Involving Drugs with Names that Look or Sound Alike

Posted On Feb 25, 2008 @ 07:49 PM by SEO Admin

The 8th annual national MEDMARX(R) Data Report released last month by the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) revealed that more than 1,400 commonly used drugs are involved in errors linked to drug names that look alike or sound alike. USP's review revealed a near doubling since 2004 of the pairs of drug names that look or sound alike, from 1,750 pairs to 3,170 pairs. According to findings in the MEDMARX report, 1.4% of the errors resulted in patient harm, including seven errors that may have caused or contributed to patient deaths. Medication errors are often the bases of medical malpractice cases. The MEDMARX report includes the largest known list of look-alike/sound-alike drugs. The list is the only list based on reported medication errors. Due to widespread underreporting of incidents, and because the database does not include every hospital in the United States, the study's authors b

FDA Issues Public Health Advisory on Chantix, Which May Become the Subject of Product Liability Suits

Posted On Feb 14, 2008 @ 11:06 AM by SEO Admin

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on February 1, 2008, issued a Public Health Advisory to alert health care providers, patients, and caregivers to new safety warnings concerning Chantix (varenicline), a prescription medication used to help patients stop smoking. Serious neuropsychiatric symptoms have occurred in patients taking Chantix. These symptoms include changes in behavior, agitation, depressed mood, suicidal ideation, and attempted and completed suicide. Chantix has been suggested as being a possibly significant contributing factor to the bizarre and tragic death of musician Carter Albrecht on September 5, 2007. The FDA action adds credibility to the belief that Chantix is a dangerous product and may spur attorneys reviewing potential cases to institute litigation. The FDA is issuing this Alert to highlight important revisions t

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