Thursday, January 26, 2017
The Dangers of Caffeine
As per the Telegraph, commiserations to the two students were nearly killed after they were given enough caffeine for 300 cups of coffee during a botched science experiment.
Northumbria University has been fined £400,000 for the incident in March 2015 which caused Alex Rossetto and Luke Parkin to be rushed to hospital and put on dialysis.
The pair had volunteered to take part in a test aiming to measure the effect of caffeine on exercise, but a basic calculation error meant the second-year students were given 100 times the correct dosage.
Prosecutor Adam Farrer told Newcastle Crown Court that the pair should have been given 0.3g of caffeine in the orange juice mix, but were in fact given 30g.
There is 0.1g in the average cup of coffee.
Newcastle Crown Court heard the calculation had been done on a mobile phone, the decimal point being put in the wrong place and there being no risk assessment for the test.
Given all the health and safety/risk BS we are force fed every day, I am more than "puzzled" as to how an institution of academic excellence managed not only to put the decimal point in the wrong place, but also didn't think to apply common sense wrt the dosage before giving it to the hapless students!
Will Nanny ban caffeine then, given that it is clearly dangerous?
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