Five New Safety Ideas: Foldable Traffic Cones, Safety Silicon

iPhone MedlineA roundup of some new ideas related to health safety in the news headlines this week; click on the underlined items for the actual links:

  1. Packable Traffic Cones: Foldable traffic cones, first developed for highway construction, have found a new use with first responders. The cardboard DisposaCone, which folds, can be stuck on pavement in the event of a car accident or any emergency. Because it folds, it takes up less room in emergency vehicles, and reduces reliance on flares.  See www.disposacone.com
  2. Safety Shape: Consumers who want a product without sharp corners or need a product with a more ergonomic grip can use a new moldable silicon to reshape the product. The British silicon substance Sugru lets consumers fix (or “hack”) the product to make them safer and more useful. (Thanks to Springwise for the tip).
  3. Car-seat Profits for Safer Car Seats: The Kyle David Miller Foundation, a non profit organization started in memory of a boy killed because of a car accident, needed a way to raise money to promote car seat safety and provide better child car seats for parents who cannot afford it. Their answer was Hip Monkey.com, a website that sells safe car seats ad donates the proceeds to buy new car seats.
  4. Pharma Info Anywhere: The government’s Medline Plus is now available for mobile web. The National Institutes for Heath’s online service Medline, part of the National Library of Medicine, offers free summaries for over 800 diseases, health news, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, and information on prescription and over-the-counter medications. The mobile web version means that consumers can look up drug safety information while at the pharmacy.
  5. Nurses Rate Physicians: Previous surveys of top doctors have been either by the general public or by other physicians. But now, the Institute for Nursing and the Foundation of the New Jersey State Nurses Association are compiling their own lists in cooperation with the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute and the Monmouth University Polling Institute. “For years, organizations and magazines have been compiling lists of the so-called ‘top doctors’ or physicians practicing in New Jersey,” said David L. Knowlton, President and CEO of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, in a press release. Find out more at www.njhcqi.org, as well as the New Jersey State Nurses Association, www.njsna.org.

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