Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: October 15, 2012

IN THE NEWS


Contaminated Steroids Suspected Cause of Deadly Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

As of October 9, 2012, 119 cases of fungal meningitis have been reported to the CDC, including 11 deaths. As many as 13,000 people received the steroid shots that are suspected to have been contaminated with the meningitis-causing fungus. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


“Tianji True Slim” Contains Hidden Drug Ingredient That Dangerously Increases Blood Pressure and Heart Rate

The FDA is advising consumers not to purchase or use “Tianji True Slim,” a product promoted and sold for weight loss, cleansing the digestive system, improving body metabolism, restoring energy, improving circulation, and eliminating water retention. Click title to continue reading...



Whole Foods Market Recalls Mislabeled Soup in Six States Due to Possible Unmarked Life-Threatening Allergen

Whole Foods Market recalled soup sold in all stores in six states due to mislabeling. The Whole Foods Market Kitchens soup, labeled as Roasted Garlic and Eggplant Soup, was in fact Lobster Bisque, which poses the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if consumed by customers with a shellfish or milk allergy. Click title to continue reading...



Whole Foods Recalls Cheese Because of Possible Listeria Contamination

Whole Foods Market recalled ricotta salata sold in 21 states and Washington, D.C. that came from its supplier Forever Cheese Inc. of Long Island City, NY. Forever Cheese recalled this cheese product because it may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Nursing Student’s Fall on Medical Center Employer’s Stairs After Shift But During Student Clinicals Not Compensable

An employee, a patient-care attendant, brought an action against her employer, Medical Center Enterprise (MCE), a medical center seeking workers' compensation benefits for an alleged injury sustained in the course of employment. MCE's motion for summary judgment was granted, and the employee appealed. Click title to continue reading...



Survivor May Have Stated Individual Outrage Claim Based on Hospital Employees’ Improperly Accessing Decedent’s Medical Records

The plaintiff, individually and as the administratrix of the decedent’s estate, filed claims of invasion of privacy and outrage against the hospital, a doctor, and two other hospital employees alleging that the three individuals had each accessed the medical records of the decedent with no legitimate reason and the hospital took no action to restrict such access to its electronic database system. Click title to continue reading...



Voluntarily Nonsuited Case Cannot Serve as Notice or Certificate of Good Faith for Later Filed Medical Malpractice Suit

The plaintiff sued the defendants for medical malpractice and the plaintiff later voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit. The legislature enacted two statutes, requiring plaintiffs filing medical malpractice claims to give named healthcare providers sixty days’ notice prior to filing the suit and to file with the complaint a certificate of good faith confirming that they have consulted with an expert who has provided a signed written statement that there is a good-faith basis to maintain the action. Click title to continue reading...