2013 May Archive

University of Nebraska at Omaha Student Dies in Plane Crash

By Cullan & Cullan on May 30, 2013 - Comments off

Two people lost their lives when a small plane recently crashed about two miles southeast of Norfolk in Northeast Nebraska. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the small plane was a 1967 Piper PA-28 Cherokee. The pilot was a student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, enrolled in the University’s Aviation Institute. University of Nebraska at Omaha officials reported that the student did have a pilot’s license to fly.

As reported by The Norfolk Daily News, a Madison County Sheriff said both the pilot and a female passenger from Fort Collins lost their lives in the plane crash. The plane had just taken off from Norfolk Regional Airport and was en route back to Omaha. Another pilot said he saw the plane take off from the airport and knew something had to be wrong because the plane behaved very erratically, flying low over the hangars. He thought the plane was going to crash into the hangars. It was nearly in a stall position and was wobbling badly. Read the rest »

Recall of Certain Compounded Prescription Therapies for Renal Patients

By Cullan & Cullan on May 28, 2013 - Comments off

Nebraska Pharmaceutical RecallAccording to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and published by Reuters.com, Pentec Health has announced a limited voluntary recall of in-date nutritional prescriptions for renal patients.  The recall is due to the lack of the assurance of sterility of one of its laminar flow hoods that was used in compounding.  Renal therapies that used this hood on or prior to May 2, 2013 are covered in this recall.  These therapies were given directly to renal patients and to renal dialysis centers.

The scope of this recall involves prescriptions for 163 patients.  Sterility tests have been conducted with one of the company’s laminar flow compounding hoods that influenced the recall, as have tests on the finished products produced in this hood.  Those tests have indicated sterility, and as of May 16, Pentec Health had not received any reports of illnesses or injuries associated with possible contamination. Read the rest »

Douglas County Officials Report Four Injured in Two-Vehicle Crash

By Cullan & Cullan on May 22, 2013 - Comments off

According to a Douglas County Chief Deputy Sheriff, four people have suffered injuries in a two-vehicle crash on a bridge near Highway 275 and West Maple Road.  Courtesy of NewsDaily.com, the accident occurred near the village of Waterloo in eastern Nebraska.

According to deputies, the accident occurred at approximately 5:00 p.m. on May 1.  Bilek added that speed may have been a factor.  Drivers may not have slowed down enough to accommodate slick highway conditions present at the time of the collision.  Icy conditions were present with sleet falling.

Bilek reported that a vehicle traveling northbound crashed into another vehicle after crossing over the center line.  One person suffered critical injuries as the result of the crash.  Three other individuals were seriously injured.  A toddler riding in one of the two vehicles was miraculously uninjured. Read the rest »

Close to Half of American High School Students Still Text While Driving

By Cullan & Cullan on May 20, 2013 - Comments off

Nebraska Teen Driver TextingAs reported by HealthDay, almost half of high school students in the U.S. still text while driving.  Health statistician at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emily O’Malley Olsen, author of the study, said that looking away from the road ahead for only a second or two can get texting drivers into trouble, so the number of high school students texting is a major concern.  Some of the blame falls on pediatricians and parents who fail to advise teens of the risks of texting while driving.

On May 13, 2013, the research was published online, and it will be published in print in the June issue of the journal Pediatrics.  The research was conducted using responses from more than 8,500 U.S. high school students who were age 16 or older.  The study found that one in four students texted daily and overall 44.5 percent admitted to texting behind the wheel. Read the rest »

Four Injured in Two-Vehicle Crash on West Dodge Road

By Cullan & Cullan on May 15, 2013 - Comments off

On May 6, four people were injured in a crash involving two vehicles.  According to Omaha.com, the accident occurred at approximately 9:00 p.m. on West Dodge and 162nd Street.  One victim remains in critical condition as the result of injuries sustained.

Omaha Police report that a Chevrolet Avalanche slammed into the back of a Hyundai Elantra, which had its flashers on.  The vehicle was either fully stopped or in the process of stopping, according to police, and was westbound in the far right-hand lane when it was struck in the rear.

Two occupants in the Chevrolet Avalanche and two occupants in the Hyundai Elantra were transported from the scene via ambulance to Creighton University Medical Center.  The 15- year-old passenger in the Hyundai was still listed in critical condition as of May 7.  She suffered injuries to her lungs and head.  Both were considered to be life-threatening.  The car’s driver, age 44, was treated for minor injuries.  Both females were from Omaha. Read the rest »

Crashes on I-480 and I-80 Involving Metro Buses Leave One Man Dead

By Cullan & Cullan on May 13, 2013 - Comments off

A crash involving a Metro Transit bus and a pickup truck has proven fatal.  Courtesy of KMTV Action 3 News Omaha, the crash occurred on I-480 North near Martha just after 6:30 p.m.  Omaha police say a Metro bus had broken down on the interstate and had its flashers on when the pickup truck slammed into the stopped bus.  The bus was out of service due to having mechanical issues and breaking down.  The driver of a Chevrolet pickup truck crashed into the back of the bus.

The pickup truck driver was 67 years old and from Omaha.  He was transported to a local hospital where he died from injuries sustained.  The crash occurred near Leavenworth Street on northbound I-480.  Police are in the process of conducting an investigation into the cause of the driver’s death. Read the rest »

New Mobile App for Reporting Medical Device Problems to the FDA

By Cullan & Cullan on May 8, 2013 - Comments off

A new mobile application will let individuals voluntarily submit problems with medical devices directly to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  According to FDA.gov, the new application will enable caregivers, health care professionals, and patients to voluntarily report problems to the FDA.

The application is called “MedWatcher.”  App users will be able to point out visible problems such as corrosion or breakage of medical devices by uploading pictures of the devices.  The app makes reporting issues easier and faster than using traditional methods of reporting by phone call, mail, or use of an online reporting form.  FDA safety communications, recall information, and safety alerts can be automatically received just as news alerts can be received on iPads or iPhones. Read the rest »

Three Doors Down Bassist Charged with Vehicular Homicide by Intoxication

By Cullan & Cullan on May 6, 2013 - Comments off

Courtesy of The Washington Post, the bass player for the rock band Three Doors Down, Robert Todd Harrell, has been charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication.

The bassist was jailed in connection with an interstate crash that caused the death of a Nashville area motorist according to the Metro Nashville Police Department.  The initial investigation by police found that Harrell was traveling west at a high rate of speed on Interstate 40 late night on April 19.  His vehicle came into contact with a pickup truck.  The truck hit a guardrail, went down a hill and overturned, ejecting the driver.  The driver of the pickup was pronounced dead at a nearby Nashville hospital from injuries sustained.

According to police, Harrell displayed signs of being impaired via field sobriety tests.  He admitted to drinking hard cider and having taken prescription Xanax and Lortab.  In addition to being charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication, Harrell was charged with bringing controlled substances into the jail.  A plastic bag containing 24 Oxycodone, four Oxymorphone, and eight Xanax pills was discovered by sheriff’s deputies during a booking-room search. Read the rest »