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Cattleman dies due to accidental injection.

NIOSH 2003 Aug; :1-12
A 38-year-old cattleman died as a result of an accidental injection of an animal antibiotic known as Micotil which has no known antidote. On March 8, 2003, the victim was preparing to vaccinate a heifer inside a barn. He was carrying a 12cc plastic disposable syringe in his right hand when a cow that was in an adjacent pen charged him, striking the fence between the two. The victim was knocked to the ground. Either when struck or from the fall, he was injected with an unknown amount of the antibiotic. He immediately began to feel dizzy and nauseous. He was able to return to the "vet room" inside the barn and call his wife who was nearby in the house. An ambulance was called and the victim was rushed to a nearby hospital where he died less than an hour later. The Nebraska Workforce Development, Department of Laborís Investigator concluded that to help prevent future similar occurrences: 1. Veterinarians and animal health distributors, prior to releasing Micotil, should require the purchaser to sign a product information fact sheet that indicates Micotil can be fatal in humans, and that there is no antidote for this medication every time they purchase the product. 2. Users of syringe-loaded medications should practice safe handling procedures during all phases of animal treatment. 3. Veterinarians/Cattlemen, when practical, should consider using another less-hazardous antibiotic. 4. All companies/agencies responsible for the manufacture and/or approval of veterinary medicines and supplies should continue to devise new products that will reduce unintentional human exposure to accidental needlesticks/injections.
Region-7; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Accidents; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Work-operations; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-performance; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-equipment; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Protective-measures; Safety-programs; Cattle; Cattle-industry; Veterinary-medicine; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Drugs; Farmers; Pharmaceuticals
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Field Studies; Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation
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Cooperative Agreement
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FACE-03NE004; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-709864
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National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Nebraska Department of Labor