September, 2011

September 1, 2011

When patients seek medical care, they do not expect to be exposed to increased risks of disease. Unfortunately, hundreds of unsuspecting patients may have been placed at risk of contracting AIDS and other blood-borne diseases, such as hepatitis B and C as a result of nurse malpractice. The nurse, who is…
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September 1, 2011

Almost 15,000 miles of natural gas and hazardous liquid pipelines run under Oregon’s landscape. With the release of the National Transportation Safety Board’s report on last year’s gas explosion in San Bruno, we all may be thinking about those miles of pipe a little differently. The report, adopted unanimously by the board,…
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September 1, 2011

Manufacturers may be held responsible for product liability if their products are unsafe. People who are injured by a dangerous medical device are often entitled to compensation for their injuries. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for monitoring the safety of medical devices for patient use. If a product is…
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September 1, 2011

We’re picking up our discussion from last week about the San Bruno pipeline accident that leveled a neighborhood in September 2010. The gas explosion killed eight people, as well, and the National Transportation Safety Board’s findings indicate the same conditions that led to that explosion could exist elsewhere in the country, including…
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September 1, 2011

We are wrapping up our discussion of the San Bruno pipeline accident. Around this time last year, a section of gas pipeline gave way and exploded. That explosion sent a plume of fire 1,000 feet into the air, and that fire took a terrible toll. It could happen here in Oregon, too….
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September 1, 2011

The State of Oregon began limiting driving privileges for teenagers about 15 years ago. By restricting when and with whom teens under 18 can be on the road, the state hoped to reduce the number of inexperienced drivers who were injured or killed in car accidents every year. The “graduated licensing” program…
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September 1, 2011

Oregon teens are familiar with all the games on their cell phones, but they may not know there are actually a lot of beneficial cell phone apps, too. In an attempt to deter distracted driving, the cause of too many car accidents, AT&T and Sprint have added one more: an application…
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September 1, 2011

We’re continuing our discussion of graduated licensing and the surprising results of a recent study. In Oregon, teens can get a driver’s license at age 16, but it is a restricted license. The restrictions are meant to cut down on distractions — and accidents – as the teen matures and gets more…
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September 1, 2011

Staff at the Department of Health and Human Services has used the term “triangulation” more often over the past few weeks than anyone thought possible. Triangulation is at the bottom of a nationwide controversy about the National Practitioner Data Bank. The NPDB is the government-sponsored database of adverse actions against…
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