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December 15, 2020: Penumbra Issues Urgent Recall of JET 7 Catheters with Xtra Flex Technology Due to Increased Risk of Serious Injury and Death

Penumbra’s JET 7 Xtra Flex Catheter Recall News – Penumbra issued a recall for all models of its JET 7 Reperfusion Catheter with Xtra Flex Technology (JET 7 Xtra Flex) due to unexpected deaths and serious injuries while being used for removing clots in stroke patients. Penumbra’s JET 7 Xtra Flex Catheter Recall Information On December 15, 2020, Penumbra issued an urgent recall for consumers and providers for all configurations of the JET 7 Xtra Flex due to “unexpected death or serious injury” while the affected product was being used for removing clots in stroke patients. Use of the JET 7 Xtra Flex should cease immediately and facilities should take the affected devices out of their inventory. The affected JET 7 Xtra Flex devices include: All lots of Penumbra JET 7 Reperfusion Catheter and Penumbra Hi-Flow Aspiration Tubing with Catalog Read More

January 19, 2016: USDOT Begins Pilot Program for Self-Driving Cars

The Future of Self-Driving Cars On January 19, 2016, the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Anthony Foxx, communicated that the Department of Transportation (DOT) would “embark on several pilot programs to accelerate the development of autonomous, self-driving vehicles.” Foxx’s announcement, made at the North American Auto Show in Detroit, also included his intention to work with members of the vehicle industry to create new safety standards for the new technology. This announcement symbolized the beginning of a $4 million project pushed by the Obama administration to facilitate the advancement of safe vehicle automation. “We are on the cusp of a new era in automotive technology with enormous potential to save lives, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and transform mobility for the American people,” said Secretary Foxx. “Today’s actions and those we will pursue in the coming months will provide the foundation and Read More

September 18, 2015: Pittsburgh Hospital Reports Three Deaths Linked to Mold Contamination

A mold-borne illness outbreak at two separate University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) campuses has been linked to the deaths of three transplant patients and has left a fourth patient in “guarded condition” according to a statement posted on the hospital’s website and attributed to Steven D. Shapiro, M.D., UPMC chief medical and scientific officer. Mold was first detected in the cardiothoracic intensive care unit (CTICU) at the UPMC Presbyterian campus earlier in September 2015. As a result, the CTICU was closed and 18 patients were moved out of the unit. Two of the transplant patients who died, and the patient who is in “guarded condition” all stayed in the CTICU. On September 17, 2015, a UPMC liver transplant patient passed away at a second hospital campus, UPMC Montefiore. According to the statement “This patient had a rash that appeared Read More

September 2, 2015: Legionnaires’ Disease Cases Reported in Quincy, Illinois

On September 2, 2015, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Adams County Health Department (ACHD) announced that four confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease, including one death, were reported in the city of Quincy. According to the IDPH, at this time there is no evidence that these illnesses are connected to the current Illinois Veterans’ Home-Quincy Legionnaires’ disease outbreak. Legionella bacteria are found naturally in the environment. The bacteria grow well in warm water, much like the conditions created in cooling towers, indoor plumbing systems, hot tubs and spas, large air conditioner systems, and decorative fountains. An individual can become infected with Legionella by breathing in aerosolized contaminated water. The infection is not transmitted from person to person. Legionella outbreaks can be prevented by keeping the bacteria out of the water through proper equipment maintenance and testing. Most Read More

September 1, 2015: Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak at Illinois Veterans’ Home-Quincy Update

On September 1, 2015, the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced that seven residents at the Illinois Veterans’ Home-Quincy passed away after being diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. The seven residents, all of whom had underlying medical conditions, were among 39 individuals who had been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease to date. Test results are pending for other residents. In an IDPH update, Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D., indicated that the number of outbreak cases are likely to increase stating, “Unfortunately, we expect to see additional cases and possibly additional deaths because the incubation period for Legionnaires’ disease can be up to two weeks, and because patients with underlying medical conditions are at increased risk of more severe illness.” The IDPH also reported that three U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Read More

May 27, 2015: Traffic Deaths Rise Over 6 Months, Expected Increase Into Summer

Traffic Deaths Rise 2015 Compared to the same period in 2014, traffic deaths increased steadily through November to May of 2015, according to the U.S. National Safety Council (NSC). This trend was only expected to rise as the “100 Deadly Days”, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day that usually sees the most traffic deaths, began. Between March 2015 to May 2015, there was an 11% increase in traffic fatalities, as well as an 8% overall increase between November and May 2015. The NSC theorized that the spike in fatal car crashes between November to May of 2015 may be explained by the improving economy. “Lower gas prices and lower unemployment rates often lead to an increase in traffic because more people can afford to drive, and many travel long distances and take vacations,” explained the NSC May 27, Read More

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