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Precision Trading Recalls 4,700 Espresso Makers

Author Jessica Brito

According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), about 4,700 Espresso Coffee makers have been recalled due to risk of burns and injuries.

About the Recall

The espresso makers contain a filler cap at the top of the unit that can crack and allow steam to escape, thus placing a burn risk to the user.  Additionally, the cap can pop op unexpectedly as a result of pressure buildup, which poses as a risk to a bystander. 

Recalled espresso makers have been sold at BrandSmart U.S.A and other retail stores in Florida and Puerto Rico between November 2014 and February 2015.

One case has been reported to the firm of a consumer who sustained burns in her arm when the cap unexpectedly released steam from the espresso maker.

Description of the Recalled Product

  • The recall includes Precision Trading Corp’s PREMIUM® four-cup Espresso Makers manufactured in September, and November of 2014.
  • Recalled products have the model number PEM585, and product date code “0914” or “1114” printed on a rating label attached to the bottom of the espresso maker units.
  • The Premium logo is printed on the bottom of the espresso maker.
  • Espresso makers dated 2015 on the cap are not included in this recall.

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FDA Warns Hospitals About Hospira Pumps

Author Maya Kammourieh

MassDevice reports that the FDA has issued a warning to hospitals, informing them of the possible misuse of certain models of Hospira pumps.

Dangers of the Hospira Pumps

According to Billy Rios, a security researcher, hackers can manipulate these devices by uploading a new drug library into the devices.

Wired Magazine states that alters dosage limits and may ultimately lead to potentially deadly doss of anesthetic or pain drugs.

The FDA states that “An unauthorized user with malicious intent could access the pump remotely and modify the dosage it delivers, which could lead to over- or under-infusion of critical therapies”.

The FDA strongly advises hospitals to take drastic security measures by segregating the devices from the Internet and untrusted systems in order to reduce the risks of malicious behavior.

Information About the Models in Question

  • Hospira's LifeCare PCA3 and PCA5 infusion pumps.
  • These pumps help regulate dosages of drugs in order to prevent medication errors in patient-controlled analgesia.
  • According to Hospira, their pumps have three main objectives:
    • Promote safe delivery of drugs into the patient’s system.
    • Enhance workflow efficiency (wireless capabilities).
    • Secure delivery (locking system).

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Girl Dragged More Than One Hundred Feet by Bus

Author Erin King

A little girl in Louisville, Kentucky has been released from the hospital and is recovering after being dragged more than one-hundred feet by a school bus

Details of the Incident

According to Channel 10 News Online, 7-year-old Ally Rednour, a student at Wilkerson Elementary in Louisville, KY, was released from the hospital on May 17th and is recovering from severe road burn after being dragged by a school bus. 

The incident occurred when the first grader’s back pack became caught in a Jackson County Public School bus door; Rednour was dragged more than 100 feet before another driver on the road was able to flag the bus down and alert the bus driver.

In a Facebook post, Rednour’s mother expressed her gratitude and thanks for those who have been supporting her family in their time of need and a special thanks to the driver who was able to flag the bus driver down; she reported that Ally is in great spirits.

Jefferson County Public School Officials are currently investigating the incident and released the following statement:

"We are very grateful that our student is on the road to full recovery, and we are deeply disturbed by this incident. Immediately after the accident, we began an investigation into how and why this happened. This investigation is currently ongoing, and we will be working with all of our bus drivers to review the policies designed to ensure the safety and security of our students, which is our number one priority at all times."

The JCPS bus driver has been suspended without pay pending the outcome of the investigation.

Pedestrian Accident Statistics

The following information was provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC):

  • 4,743 people were killed and 76,000 people were injured in pedestrian accidents in 2012 – an average of one death every 2 hours.
  • Another 76,000 people were injured in pedestrian accidents.
  • Data suggests that one in every five children between the ages of 5 and 15 who were killed in traffic accidents in 2012 were pedestrians.
  • Each trip, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in an accident than occupants of a passenger vehicle.

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