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The creation and spread of dangerous illnesses

For many reasons, hospitals are an ideal setting for new strains of bacteria to grow and thrive. Hospitals that are lax about cleanliness, follow outdate practices and contribute to the over-prescription of antibiotics are a danger to patients and the population as a whole. Infection is one of the most significant health concerns for patients who receive treatment, particularly surgical patients. A new type of infection has recently been discovered that could endanger the lives of millions of patients.

The sad history of dangerous medical products targeting women

The manufacturers of new drugs and medical devices have produced some frightening products over the years. Products aimed at female consumers have a particularly troubling history of being shoddy, ineffective and dangerous. Our firm, Galligan Reid, recently published a SlideShare outlining the problem, including the potential for more deadly products going forward.

New medical scope, same infection concerns

In January 2016, Olympus Corp. decided to voluntarily recall one of its medical products. The TJF-Q180V duodenoscope is a commonly used scope used in a number of procedures. In 2015, the Olympus scope was linked to an outbreak of drug-resistant bacteria, which led to the death of multiple patients. Olympus committed to redesigning the scope to address the risk of infection posed by the product. The company also released new guidelines concerning the proper cleaning of the devices by hospitals and medical staff.

Hospitals and defective medical devices

When a medical device fails or somehow causes harm to a patient, hospitals are supposed to report the problem to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Unfortunately, many hospitals are either unaware of their responsibilities or they are ignoring them. An inspection conducted by the FDA found numerous instances of hospitals failing to report illnesses or injuries tied to defective devices.

Defective medical devices may escape FDA notice

A device used to regulate the temperature of patients undergoing heart surgeries has been tied to numerous infections and a dozen deaths in the U.S. alone. The Food and Drug Administration's slow reaction to the problem demonstrates a gap in the way safety regulators evaluate medical devices for defects. Infections are a well-known problem in hospitals and may be treated as a general or background problem because of their frequency. Medical devices can be defective in ways not connected to the immediate purpose they serve. A device that facilitates an infection is defective, even if it operates in the way it was intended.

Protecting consumers from harmful cosmetics

In recent years, a number of lawsuits have been filed on behalf of individuals who have suffered chemical burns, hair loss and other challenges simply because they used certain cosmetics. In particular, a number of popular hair care products sold to both men and women have resulted in significant injuries.

Samsung recall raises smartphone safety concerns

If you own a Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, power it down immediately and visit Samsung's website to see if your phone might have a defective battery. The recall of 1 million smartphones announced last week was prompted by over 100 reports of phones overheating and bursting into flames, resulting in burns, property damage and even house and car fires.

Food recall should make Iowa consumers think twice about safety

Residents in Iowa like to think that when they buy a food product off the shelves in the local grocery stores that they have nothing to worry about. Many put this kind of blind faith into many of their purchases, thinking that just because something is sold on the shelves it must be safe. After all, are there not tons of safety procedures and protocols in place to make sure that dangerous and defective products are not sold in stores? Surely tainted food would not be for sale.

New Bill to Prohibit Renting Out Recalled Vehicles

Every year, millions of Americans rent vehicles when traveling for vacation or business. And, when these vehicles are rented, the expectation is that they are in safe-working condition and in a state of repair that does not unnecessarily put drivers and passengers at risk of injury or a car accident. Now a new bill before the federal Senate would help ensure that the vehicles rented by car rental companies are not awaiting recall.

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