Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: October 29, 2012

IN THE NEWS


Nationwide Recall of Banana Boat Sun Care Products Due to Risk of Ignition on Skin

Continuous spray Banana Boat sun care products have been recalled due to a potential risk of the product igniting on the skin if contact is made with a source of ignition before the product is completely dry. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Continues to Cause Illness and Death

As of October 25, 2012, 328 cases of fungal meningitis have been reported to the CDC including 24 deaths in 18 states (the continuing status of this outbreak has been reported to you in Scalpel Weekly News). Click title to continue reading...



FDA Expands Approved Use of Sapien Artificial Heart Valve to Patients at High Risk for Serious Surgical Complications or Death

The FDA expanded the approved indication for the Sapien Transcatheter Heart Valve (THV) to include patients with aortic valve stenosis who are eligible for surgery, but who are at high risk for serious surgical complications or death. Click title to continue reading...



FDA Approves Jetrea for Sight-Threatening Symptomatic Vitreomacular Eye Adhesions

The FDA approved Jetrea (ocriplasmin), the first drug approved to treat a sight-threatening eye condition called symptomatic vitreomacular adhesion (VMA). VMA can contribute to eye problems if the vitreous (jelly in the center of the eye) starts to move away from the macula (a part of the retina responsible for reading vision). Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Nurse’s Expert Testimony Established Standard of Care Despite Authority of Physical Therapy Department When Nurse Provided Assistance

A woman broke her leg while being helped out of bed by a nursing assistant at a nursing home. The woman named a number of defendants in her malpractice suit. Prior to trial the defendants filed a motion for summary judgment. Click title to continue reading...



Expert Testimony About What is Generally Done or What Average Dentist Would Do Failed to Establish What is Required of Minimally Competent Dentist

A patient went to a dentist for a procedure and the dentist administered anesthesia. The patient allegedly experienced pain, swelling, and nerve damage. Click title to continue reading...



Negligence Claim For Nurse’s Failure to Use Medical Device Possibly Causing Additional Spine Injury Failed For Lack of Expert Testimony

A woman entered a medical center complaining of severe back pain. She underwent surgery to fuse vertebrae using implanted hardware. At first she showed signs of recovery. Then she fell while being helped to the bathroom by a nurse. Subsequently, the patient experienced extreme pain at the surgical site. Click title to continue reading...