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August 2012 Archives

Unreliable Child Safety Devices

CNN recently reported that the federal government has ruled that devices intended to prevent children from dying of heat stroke in parked cars are unreliable. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration does not want these devices to lull parents and caregivers into a false sense of security. While these devices can be used as an additional reminder to parents, they should not be exclusively relied on.

Atrial Fibrillation "Weekend Effect"

A recent study using the National Inpatient Sample database for 2008 found that there was a "weekend effect" for patients admitted with atrial fibrillation. Previously, the "weekend effect" has been seen with stroke, myocardial infarction, gastrointestinal bleeding, and hospitalized patients with a wide variety of conditions. The "weekend effect" is a documented theory that states that patients admitted to hospitals on the weekend will not get the same level of care they would get on the weekdays, which results in higher weekend mortality rates.

Connecticut River jet ski accident takes life of Meriden man

This time of year, people of all walks of life take to the open air to enjoy the Connecticut River. The largest flowing waterway in New England, it snakes southeast through Hartford and finally opens onto the Long Island Sound at Old Lyme and Old Saybrook. While the summer months allow us to ponder the simultaneous steadfastness and flow of the river, the tragedy of a recent jet ski accident is also a sobering reminder of how fragile life can be.

Wethersfield woman killed in vacation parasailing accident

A Connecticut man was forced to watch this week as his wife's parasailing harness broke and she plummeted 150 to 200 feet to the waters of Pompano Beach, Florida. The operators of the parasailing boat quickly reeled the man in from the couple's side-by-side parasail wing and circled back to pick up his wife. She was floating face down in the water in a state of cardiac arrest.

Sepsis Death in New York

Recently, a 12-year-old-boy, Rory Staunton, died of sepsis in a New York hospital. Rory had gotten a cut on his arm while playing basketball with his friends. Bacteria got into the cut and a few days later Rory was dead. The sepsis was a result of undiagnosed Streptococcus pyogenes, otherwise known as Strep A. Strep A is the bacteria that gives us Strep throat and is easily curable with a course of antibiotics. If it goes undiagnosed or untreated, however, it can have dire consequences, as was the case with Rory Staunton.

Unnecessary Medical Procedures for Profit?

The New York Times is reporting that cardiologists have been performing unnecessary and dangerous cardiac procedures at HCA hospitals in Florida.http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/07/business/hospital-chain-internal-reports-found-dubious-cardiac-work.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

Election Protection

Since 2010, voter suppression tactics such as requiring proof of citizenship, stringent photo identification laws, restrictions on community-based registration drives, and reducing early voting, have been on the rise in states all around the country. These changes confuse both poll workers and voters in terms of what the election rules and regulations are. Their only purpose is to prevent certain citizens from voting. It is important now, more than ever, to protect our right, as citizens of the United States, to vote. Election Protection and its affiliates are dedicated to educating voters about new laws and empowering them to take steps to ensure they are prepared to vote in elections. Koskoff, Koskoff, & Bieder supports this nonpartisan voter assistance coalition. For more information please visit www.866ourvote.org or call their hotlines at 1-866-OUR-VOTE or 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA. You can also contact us at (203) 336-4421.