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In every surgical procedure, even a small routine one, there is a risk that something may go wrong. However, in the case of surgical fires this surgical risk may be prevented if the attending physicians and staff take the necessary precautions to avoid a fire in their OR. According to the ECRI Institute report, there were approximately 600 surgical fires that occurred throughout the United States in 2009. Due to the preventable nature of surgical fires in operating rooms, the FDA in conjunction with medical partners and patient safety organizations, have released information and recommended safety precautions to help eliminate the possibility of a surgical fire.
In order for a surgical fire to ignite in the operating room, there must be three elements present: an ignition source typically caused by a surgical laser, an oxidizer, such as oxygen, and a fuel source, which can include the surgical drapes as well as any alcohol-based preparation agents used on the patient’s skin. The severity of the damages caused to a patient’s skin, at times leaving second and third degree burns has brought increased awareness to the medical community.
According to the FDA, before conducting an operation in the OR, the medical staff should perform a risk assessment based on the particular operation that will be performed that day. Unfortunately, these surgical fires still continue to occur in operating rooms throughout the United States, leaving many family and victims questioning what they could have done to help prevent the occurrence of this tragic accident.
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In 2011, the Texas Department of Transportation reported an estimate of 35,273 auto-accidents in Dallas County alone. With the year 2012 coming to a close, I wish to remind many automobile drivers of the many precautions one must take to avoid becoming a part of the annual auto-accident statistics. One that comes to mind, that is frequently forgotten, is children car seat expiration dates. Many parents with multiple children recycle their older children’s car seats to their younger ones since they still appear to be in good condition. Other parents with a tight budget choose to purchase used or pre-owned car seats to save some money on the hefty bill of child rearing. These parents intend to act proactively and use car seats as a safety precaution in case of an accident. However, many parents are unaware of the expiration date marked on the car seat which forewarns buyers of the deterioration of their product within a certain time span. For most car seats manufactured after 2003, the expiration date is marked between 5-7 years of guaranteed use. After the car seat reaches this expiration, the car seat parts, such as the plastic and the belts, begin to deteriorate and can no longer be guaranteed to work effectively in the case of an accident. An experiment to test the durability of an expired car seat displayed the plastic breaking on impact, allowing the test subject to fly out of its car seat:
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In light of the recent Hurricane Sandy that affected over 60 million people throughout the Northeast, many people have begun to question the coverage available in their own homeowners insurance. In regions where Hurricanes are common, more and more insurance companies are adding “Hurricane Deductibles” which typically can run from 2%-5% of the value of your property .For victims of Hurricane Sandy this could mean paying thousands of dollars in deductibles before any insurance coverage begins. While residents of the Dallas-Fort Worth area sigh a breath of relief that hurricanes are not a very common threat to our region, this catastrophe has begun to make policy holders in Texas aware of similar deductibles for tornadoes and other types of storms. Most Texas homeowners insurances are broken two into 5 coverage categories:
Dwelling: Coverage for the damages against your homes structure typically caused as a result of a hurricane, fire, hail etc.
Personal Property: Coverage for the damages to any items in your household such as clothing and furniture.
Medical: Typically affords coverage for any medical bills that may be incurred if someone is injured at your household.
Loss of Use: Pays for any financial costs incurred if you have to relocate or temporarily move away from your home due to damages to your property
Liability: Affords you coverage if you are sued for causing someone else’s injuries or damages to their property.
From the break down of coverage it seems that most Texas Homeowners insurance policies are a comforting safety blanket. While this may be true for the majority of instances, home owners must be weary and remember to always read the fine print. Due to the commonality of tornados and heavy windstorms in the DFW area many home owners’ insurance policies now contain deductibles for these types of damages to your home.
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