We’ve previously talked about the prevailing opinion that supplying livestock with a constant supply of antibiotics to improve growth can have the unintended side effect of creating resistant bugs that can then be passed on to humans. But this is far from the only danger currently posed to the population by antibiotic-resistant superbugs. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have grown so concerned about one particular threat that they’re getting the word out now so that doctors can take the steps necessary to protect patients.
This particular danger is posed by a bacteria known as Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae. Carbapenems are basically a doctor’s last resort when all other antibiotic options fail to work. When even they fail, there’s very little recourse left to those hoping to prevent an infection from leading to the death of the patient, so one could see how this could be a very real threat. The CDC even estimates that half of all persons who get a CRE bloodstream infection could die.
The danger has burgeoned across the country in recent years, especially New England, which was home to one of the largest outbreaks ever recorded. The Bethesda, Maryland-based National Institutes of Health Clinical Center was the center of an outbreak two years ago which claimed the lives of 18 people. Across the country, 42 states have reported cases of a CRE infection, which is up dramatically from 2001, when just one state had reported an incident.
A total of 3.9% of all hospitals have reported a patient becoming infected with one of the more than 70 types of CRE out there. In most cases, the victim tends to be a patient who has checked into a facility which provides long term care (nursing homes, facilities which treat wounds). The risk is most apparent among people who have to have a ventilator or a catheter. In those instances, the bacteria is given the ability to travel further into a patient’s body than it normally would.
The CDC wants people to know that there are, however, steps that healthcare professionals can take to limit the risks to patients. Because a CRE can be transmitted from one patient to another by an attending doctor or nurse getting the bacteria on their hands and then seeing to another patient, it should come as no surprise that washing hands can go a long way toward cutting down on the threat. Antibiotic usage to treat lesser infections should be limited, and hospitals can dedicate wings, personnel, and equipment of the hospital to the exclusive treatment of CRE patients. A facility in Florida was able to reduce CRE incursion from 44% to 0% in such a way.
Oto-Ease ear lubricant from Westone Laboratories has been recalled because of a danger that the item could contain mold and pathogenic bacteria. The ear lubricant had been recalled last October, but the Food and Drug Administration was never informed of this recall through the proper channels. No one has reportedly become ill in conjunction with the usage of this item.
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A risk of bacteria contamination has forced the Food and Drug Administration to warn off healthcare providers from using gel used during ultrasound procedures.
Certain lots of the product, known as Other-Sonic Generic Ultrasound Transmission Gel, were recently discovered to have been contaminated with Pseduomonas aeruginosa and Klebsiella oxytoca. These two strains of bacteria pose an imminent health threat to persons exposed. The former, which is typically found in water or soil, can cause a condition known as inflammatory dermatitis. And the latter, which is actually fairly common in humans’ digestive tract, can cause bloodstream infections or pneumonia if it comes into contact with the lungs.
Three lot numbers of the gel, which was produced by Pharmaceutical Innovations, were affected: 0601111, 090111, and 120111. The product was available in either 5 liter containers or 250 milliliter bottles. The gel is non-sterile and is used as a means to improve the signal of the ultrasound.
The FDA is also asking all healthcare professionals and facility personnel who have noted an adverse affect from using this product to report what happened to the agency. They are particularly interested in learning the lot number, the container size, the date and type of procedure, and the nature of the adverse event.
As a San Bernardino personal injury lawyer, I’m sorry to see a seemingly benign item pose a threat to safety. Patients rely on the equipment being used during their procedures to keep them safe, and it’s my hope as a personal injury attorney in Bakersfield that no one gets hurt by this flawed product.
The FDA has cleared a product for consumption after a recall had been initiated in the wake of a consumer bacteria infection suspected to have been caused by the product.
Originally, Martin’s Super Markets in South Bend, Indiana, had received a report that a local man had undergone tests that showed he was positive for bacteria after eating a Harvest of the Sea frozen shrimp product. The man died precisely one week later, the result of a weakened immune system and a separate sickness that did not involve the bacteria.
Upon hearing about the bacteria infection, Martin’s recalled the product, which is specifically called Quick and Fit Raw, Tail On, Peeled and Cleaned 21 to 25 Count 16 ounce frozen shrimp. However, the FDA has now stated that the product is in fact safe to eat.
The bacteria that appeared is actually quite natural in a variety of seafoods. If an item is cooked properly, then there shouldn’t be a risk of bacterial contamination to the consumer. Raw handling of the product requires careful preparation and proper handling.
As a personal injury lawyer in Los Angeles, I’m sad to see someone lose their life in this way. We must all be careful when eating any type of food product, especially if that item hasn’t been cooked. It’s my hope as a San Francisco personal injury lawyer that everyone out there follow necessary safety instructions when eating raw food.
According to news sources, a recall has been issued for two batches of Organique Nourishing Night Cream after it was found in a random sample that the product was contaminated with fungus and the staphylococcus aureus bacteria.
The company, Himalaya Nourishing Night Cream, recalled the product in cooperation with the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA conducted the random sample of the product and found the bacteria contamination affecting one batch with a batch number S691001. The company is also recalling batch number S691002 out of an abundance of caution. The batch numbers can be found at the bottom of the bottle, which comes with a distinctive orange cap.
There have been no injuries reported to date.
Consumers with skin wounds or weakened immune systems can be especially infected by the bacteria. Consumers should return the product to the place of purchase for a full refund.
As a Riverside personal injury attorney, I appreciate all efforts being made to ensure consumer products are made safer for those who use them. I hope this information can help raise awareness about this recalled product and keep consumers safe. If you or a loved one has been injured through the use or consumption of a defective product, speak with a personal injury lawyer Riverside to learn about the legal options available to you.
A nasal decongestant has been recalled by Insight Pharmaceuticals after it was found the spray may contain bacteria, according to recent news sources.
About 34,092 bottles of Nostrilla are subject to recall. The product, which contains oxymetazoline, is used to relieve nasal suffering from colds.
The bacteria is called Burkholderia cepacia and is especially dangerous to those with weakened immunse systems or chronic lung conditions such as cystic fibrosis.
The product was distributed all over the U.S. and comes in a small, .5 ounce plastic bottle with an expiration day of May 2014.
If you purchased this product, you can return it for a full refund.
As a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, if you or a loved one has been injured because of a contaminated or defective medical product or device, I suggest you seek medical attention right away. It can also be just as important to contact a product liability lawyer as soon as possible because you may be entitled to monetary compensation as a result of getting injured because of a defective or recalled product. You should also remember that the longer you take to contact someone about your case the more chance you have to lose evidence. Please visit this blog often to stay informed of new drug recalls and warnings.
Professional Disposables International Inc. has issued a recall for five different products of their non-sterile alcohol prep pads due to a bacteria contamination, according to news reports.
The company shares a supplier with another wipe-maker whose products tested positive for Bacillus cereus bacteria. That company was shut down and is currently facing at least eight lawsuits and has been blamed for the death of a toddler who contracted bacterial meningitis after using the pads for medical prep, according to reports.
The recall comes after representatives from the Food and Drug Administration found levels of the bacteria on products after visiting the plant. PDI has stated that the levels are low enough that the Bacillus cereus bacteria is not dangerous.
As a Los Angeles wrongful death attorney, consumer safety is my number one priority, especially when it comes to the safety of our children. I know that even with all of the rules and regulations imposed on product manufacturers things can still go wrong and sometimes companies even put profit before safety. If you or a loved one has been affected by a product that caused illness or death, please do not hesitate to call a product defect lawyer right away. The longer you wait the more chance you have of losing evidence for your potential product liability case.