Air quality alert

The National Weather Service announced an air quality alert for Western Washington through 12 p.m.. on Thursdat, 8/23. The Environmental Protection Agency’s air quality index in the Seattle and Tacoma areas is in the “unhealthy” category, meaning that “everyone may begin to experience health effects; members of sensitive groups graphic image showing that low level of activity is okay for everyonemay experience more health effects.”


BD Vacutainer Medical Device Correction Notice 2


"BD has recently determined that the curing agent thiuram, used in the processing of rubber stoppers since 1996, can lead to release of carbon disulfide (CS2) and carbonyl sulfide (COS) gases into the headspace of the tubes. Laboratories should follow FDA's May 17, 2017 safety communication for testing lead levels, which recommends that no venous blood should be tested with Magellan's LeadCare test systems."


BD Vacutainer Medical Device Correction Notice 1


"BD has confirmed that approximately 3.4% of BD Vacutainer(TM) Plus Plastic Citrate Blood Collection Tubes (2.7mL, light blue top tube) will exhibit over fill draw volumes from approximately 11-14%. As per BDs Instructions for Use (IFU), the overfilling or under filling of tubes will result in an incorrect blood-to-additive ratio and can lead to incorrect analytic results or poor product performance."



Dry ice is common, yet hazardous

A Tacoma woman died from asphyxiation and her daughter-in-law is in critical condition after riding in a car with containers of dry ice. Even at normal room temperatures, dry ice will warm and release carbon dioxide gas, which can displace the oxygen inside a small, enclosed space. 

Dry ice is commonly used in UW research. Its properties allow for rapid cooling of materials, but also pose unique worker safety hazards.