Monthly Archives: September 2014

CPSC Approves Strong Federal Safety Standard for High-Powered Magnet Sets to Protect Children and Teenagers

SEPTEMBER 25, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – To protect the safety of  consumers, especially young children, tweens, and teenagers, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted to approve a new national safety standard for high-powered magnet sets.

High-powered magnet sets are hazardous to young children, who have mouthed and ingested these magnets.  The magnets also pose a serious risk to teens and tweens, who have used them to create mock lip, tongue, and nose piercings.

Hazardous magnet sets include, on average, approximately 200 magnets, although some sets have up to 1,700 magnets.  If multiple magnets are ingested, the magnets attract each other, pinching or trapping intestines or other digestive tissue between them.  The result can be a serious injury that requires surgery and can lead to lifelong health consequences or death.  High-powered magnet sets were found to be responsible for the death of a 19-month-old girl and, according to CPSC analysis, an estimated 2,900 emergency room-treated injuries between 2009 and 2013.  The Commission concluded that the safety standard is necessary to address the unreasonable risk of injury or death associated with these magnet sets.

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Bike Safety Tips from TranSComm

Bike Safety Tips from TranSComm

BMC now has a bike cage located behind the 710 parking garage. We would like to remind you of some important safety tips for cyclists and motorists because we all need to share the road.

For cyclists:
– The same laws that apply to motorists apply to cyclists. Obey all stoplights and signs.
– Use hand signals; indicate stops and turns.
– Always wear a properly fitted helmet.
– Stay to the right side of the road. Always ride in the same direction as traffic.
– Be visible! Wear safely colored clothing and use a white front light and red rear light in low light.
– Be aware. Scan the road ahead of you. Don’t listen to headphones while biking; you need to hear everything around you.

For motorists:
– Yield to cyclists. Bicyclists are vehicles of the road and should be given the appropriate right of way.
– Be considerate. Do not blast your horn in close proximity to cyclists. Look for cyclists when opening car doors.
– Pass with care. When passing, leave 4 feet between you and a cyclist.
– Wait for safe road and traffic conditions before you pass.
– Check your rearview mirror before moving back.

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Elderly Falls and Evidence-Based Prevention Activities

Statement on older adult falls and falls prevention

The following statement was developed by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma and was approved by the Board of Regents at its June 6–7 meeting.

The following statement was developed by the ACS Committee on Trauma’s Committee on Injury Prevention and Control to educate surgeons and other medical professionals about the significance of older adult falls and evidence-based prevention activities.

The ACS recognizes the following facts:

  • Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for older adults.1
  • One out of three older adults falls each year. Of these, fewer than half talk to their health care providers about it.2
  • Many people who fall, even if they are not injured, develop a fear of falling, which may cause them to limit activities, leading to reduced mobility, loss of physical fitness, and, in turn, an increased risk of falling.3,4
  • A person who has fallen once is two to three times more likely to fall again within a year.5

The ACS supports efforts to promote, enact, and sustain legislation and policies that encourage:

  • Older adult care providers to implement comprehensive fall prevention programming including:
    • Developing community partnerships with community-based centers, such as YMCAs, churches, senior centers, and older adult living centers.
    • Incorporating an evidence-based exercise/physical therapy fall prevention program. Helpful information can be found at the CDC and other websites.
    • Partnering with home-based visiting programs to complete multi-factorial risk assessments, including: medication review, including the use of opioids; assessment of vision, home safety, and balance and gait; and consideration of vitamin D supplementation.
  • Assessment of the risk/benefit of anticoagulation and anti-platelet therapies in older adult patients.
  • Risk assessment of falls in regular practice. Examples are included in the STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths, and Injuries) tool kit.
  • Collaboration with regional and statewide fall prevention coalitions for local networking/resources.

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