2012 January Archive

Nebraska State Patrol Hosting Informational Town Meetings for Truckers

By Cullan & Cullan on January 27, 2012 - Comments off

Nebraska Hours of Service LawThe website for the Occupational Health and Safety group, OHSonline.com, reports that the Nebraska State Patrol’s Carrier Enforcement Division will host town meetings in several cities in Nebraska beginning February 21. The meetings are intended to inform and update commercial truck drivers on important guidelines and rules established by the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), covering everything from the new cell phone ban for truck drivers to medical certification.

The meetings will provide specific information about the new law that requires anyone with a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) to provide the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles (NE DMV) with a current copy of their medical examiner’s certificate. In addition, the new changes in the hours of service regulations will be discussed, along with Nebraska’s Truck Safety and Hazardous Material Regulations. OHSonline.com notes that the meetings should be attended by anyone who operates: Read the rest »

Fatal ATV Accidents Prompt Officials to Remind Riders to be Safe

By Cullan & Cullan on January 24, 2012 - Comments off

Omaha ATV Accident InjuryFor adventure and thrill seekers, ATVs (all-terrain vehicles) are often a fun and exciting means of transport to explore Nebraska. However, without proper training and safety equipment, an exhilarating ride on an ATV can quickly end disastrously and result in serious, life-threatening injuries. With fatal ATV accidents surfacing in the news, public officials remind riders to practice safety at all times and brush up on some ATV safety guidelines that can save your life. A spokesman for the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) states people should be concerned whenever individuals are in an open riding vehicle “that goes beyond the normal rate of human speed.”

The following are a few ATV safety tips from the CPSC: Read the rest »

Study Shows “Brain Cooling” Therapy May Reduce Risk of Cerebral Palsy in Babies

By Cullan & Cullan on January 20, 2012 - Comments off

Nebraska Birth InjuryBirth asphyxia is a condition that occurs when a baby’s brain and other organs do not get enough oxygen either before, during, or right after birth. The amount of harm this may cause depends on how long and how severe the asphyxia was, but regardless of the extent of the damage, it is still extremely devastating. Birth asphyxia can cause a wide array of health problems, including developmental disabilities, organ failure, impaired sight, cerebral palsy, and death (in severe cases). JDSupra.com reports that an interesting study conducted by Imperial College in London has found that a specific type of therapy may greatly improve hypoxic infants’ survival rates.

This therapy is called “brain cooling,” and the study showed that a newborn’s brain that was cooled had a 25 percent greater survival rate for birth asphyxia than those who did not. Brain cooling therapy can help reduce brain swelling, and involves applying a “coolcap” hat filled with water to the baby’s head. In addition, this new therapy also lowers the newborn baby’s metabolic rate, which can boost healthy organ functioning with less oxygen. The Imperial College study builds on a 20-year body of research, but essentially for the first time provides undeniable proof that brain cooling is the most effective treatment for reducing brain damage after birth asphyxia. Read the rest »

New Year Brings Tougher DUI Penalties in Nebraska

By Cullan & Cullan on January 17, 2012 - Comments off

Nebraska New Drunk Driving LawNew laws have gone into effect January 1 in Nebraska that give harsher punishments to those convicted of drinking and driving, according to KETV7 news. The new laws aim to prevent dangerous drunk driving accidents and protect the public. One new law on the books now makes it a felony to provide alcohol to a minor who later hurts someone in a car crash.

Another gives first and second time DUI (driving under the influence) offenders the option of either losing their vehicles or installing an ignition interlock device. Those who opt for the latter will have to install a Breathalyzer type device in their vehicle and blow into it before the car will start; the device unlocks the ignition if no alcohol is detected on the driver’s breath. Read the rest »

What You Should Know About Wilson’s Disease

By Cullan & Cullan on January 13, 2012 - Comments off

Nebraska Medical MisdiagnosisWilson’s disease, or hepatolenticular degeneration, is a rare inherited disorder that can cause too much copper to accumulate in a person’s liver, brain, and other vital organs. In an individual not living with this disorder, copper is usually absorbed from food and any excess is excreted through bile.

However, in people with Wilson’s disease, copper is not eliminated properly and can accumulate to a life-threatening level. Approximately 1 in 30,000 people suffer from this disorder. Wilson’s disease can cause a number of complications, including: Read the rest »

Nebraska Officials Don’t See Need to Change Driving and Texting Law

By Cullan & Cullan on January 10, 2012 - Comments off

Nebraska Cell Phone Car CrashThe issue of distracted driving and its dangers has increasingly gained attention from the media, the federal government, and concerned citizens. However, though the dangers of using a cell phone behind the wheel have been well documented, Nebraska state officials do not see a need to change the state’s current driving and texting law, according to Nebraska Radio Network.

The law presently does prohibit texting and driving, but it is only a secondary offense, meaning you have to be pulled over for a primary offense (such as speeding) before you can be charged and/or ticketed. Nebraska’s governor knows the issue of distracted driving is serious, but feels that it should be left up to an individual to be a cautious driver, not enact a new state law to dictate the everyday actions of NE residents. Read the rest »

Informed Consent and Medical Treatment in Nebraska

By Cullan & Cullan on January 6, 2012 - Comments off

Informed Consent Medical ProcedureThe American Medical Association (AMA) defines informed consent as a process of communication between a physician and patient which results in the patient authorizing or agreeing to undergo medical treatment. As a patient, it is important to understand that if you are in need of medical care, certain information needs to be provided to you during the communications process between you and the doctor providing/performing the treatment. In addition, the patient should be allowed to ask any questions regarding the suggested treatment or procedure.

A doctor should discuss the following information with his or her patient:

  • Diagnosis of the patient;
  • The benefits and risks of the suggested treatment or procedure;
  • The purpose and nature of the proposed treatment or procedure;
  • Any risks or benefits of not undergoing the procedure or treatment; and
  • Alternatives to the recommended treatment, regardless of cost or what is covered by the patient’s health insurance, and any risks or benefits.

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What is a Scald Burn Injury?

By Cullan & Cullan on January 4, 2012 - Comments off

Nebraska Scald AccidentA scald burn injury, which is caused by hot liquids or steam, is the most common burn-related injury for young children. Hot liquids are the leading cause of burn injuries for children under the age of four, and liquids such as coffee, tea, hot tap water, and soup can all be hot enough to cause a serious burn injuries. Typically, microwave use is often associated with scald and steam burns. Scald and burn accidents can often occur when parents or caregivers are in a hurry, angry, or stressed, and therefore are not exercising caution when handling hot liquids around young children.

Burn injuries are recognized as some of the more painful and devastating injuries a person may endure, particularly for young children as their delicate skin burns more quickly than an adult skin. Thus, in order to prevent your child from suffering a dangerous scald burn injury, the following is a list of tips to adhere to when your young child is near: Read the rest »