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August 2015 Archives

Testing for mitochondrial disease

As Maryland residents may be aware, a physician's diagnosis of a physical ailment may lead to more prompt and appropriate treatment and a better result when detected early. Some medical problems are caused as a result of a defect in the patient's DNA and may be harder to detect without the use of special testing. One involves the disease, mitochondrial myopathy, which is caused by a mutation in the individual's DNA. The mitochondria is an important part of DNA, since this is where energy is stored by the body.

Eyewash stations may be hazardous if not properly maintained

Maryland employees should be aware that, on Aug. 7, OSHA warned that using an emergency eyewash station that has not been properly maintained could lead to infection. These eyewash stations may be found in workplaces where corrosive chemicals are used, in research laboratories that deal with HIV and HBV and in medical facilities.

Fetal monitoring in Maryland

Electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) first appeared in hospitals in the 1970s, and by the early '1980s, close to 50 percent of births were managed with the technology. Before its use, physicians and midwives in Maryland and elsewhere depended on the intermittent use of fetoscopes, an adaptation of the more commonly used stethoscope, to check on the status of unborn children during the perinatal period. With only occasional checks, some incidents of fetal distress went unnoticed during stretches of labor, and a few of the infants suffered brain damage and subsequently conditions such as cerebral palsy.

OSHA regulation updates for amputation victims

Employees in a variety of industries in Maryland may benefit from a recent adjustment to OSHA's National Emphasis Program on amputations. The program is geared towards reducing the number of workplace amputations across the United States. According to data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2,000 workers in the manufacturing industry suffered amputations in 2013.

Accident leaves 2 dead, 1 seriously injured

Police say that a 35-year-old man and a 22-year-old man were killed in an accident that took place on Interstate 70 near Hancock in Maryland. The crash occurred around 2:30 a.m. on Aug. 4 when a tractor-trailer collided with a passenger car. Police say that the trailer was going east when it hit the car, which was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes.

Government report shows railroads slow to adopt safety technology

Maryland residents likely recall a train derailment on May 12 that claimed the lives of eight people and injured approximately 200 others. A subsequent inquiry found that the accident was caused by the train rounding a turn at a high speed, and the tragic accident may have been prevented if the train involved had been equipped with an automatic braking system known as positive train control. The system uses GPS and radio to monitor a train's speed, and brakes are applied automatically if the system anticipates a risk of derailment.

Recording surgeries in Maryland

An innovative device that has been designed to record surgeries has been developed by researchers at a Canadian university. The purpose of the technology is to collect specific data during procedures in an effort to identify errors so that operative teams can observe what actions precipitate mistakes and modify their methods in order to prevent future mishaps. The recordings could also be useful as evidence in medical malpractice cases in courtrooms in Maryland and around the country.

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