Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: November 05, 2012

IN THE NEWS


Symbiq Infusion Systems Recalled Due to Inaccurate Response of Touch Screen to User Selection/Input with Potential Overdose Risk

 Symbiq™ infusion systems (list number 16026 Symbiq™ One-Channel Infuser and list number 16027 Symbiq™ Two-Channel Infuser, all serial numbers) are subject to a Class 1 recall. Infusion pump LCD touch screens may not respond to user selection, resulting in users possibly experiencing a delayed response and/or the screen registering a different value from the value selected by the user. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


FDA Issues Investigation Report and Form 483 Showing NECC Contaminated Steroids and Improper Clean Room Linked to Deadly Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

As of November 1, 2012, 386 cases of fungal meningitis have been reported to the CDC, including 28 deaths. These cases include 386 cases of fungal meningitis, stroke due to presumed fungal meningitis, or other central nervous system-related infection meeting the outbreak case definition, plus seven peripheral joint infections (e.g., knee, hip, shoulder, or elbow). Click title to continue reading...   



FDA Warns of Serious Adverse Events from Accidental Ingestion by Children of Over-the-Counter Eye Drops and Nasal Sprays

 The FDA is warning the public that accidental ingestion (swallowing) by children of over-the-counter (OTC; available without a prescription) eye drops used to relieve redness and nasal decongestant sprays can result in serious harm. Click title to continue reading... 



Neptune Surgical Waste Management Systems Recalled Due to Risk of Serious Injury and Death from High-Flow High-Suction Vacuum

 The Neptune 1 Silver Waste Management System and Neptune 2 Ultra Waste Management System (Neptune 1 Silver and Neptune 2 Ultra) are the subject of a Class 1 recall. The FDA and Stryker, the manufacturer, received one report of serious injury and one report of death as a result of tissue damage resulting from use of the Neptune 2 Ultra Waste Management System. Click title to continue reading... 


  CASE ALERTS


Trial Court Could Grant New Trial Instead of JNOV When Jury Finds Hospital Negligent for Left-Behind Sponge Without Improperly Admitted Evidence

After two previous abdominal surgeries, a woman underwent a hysterectomy. Subsequently, a surgical sponge was discovered in the woman’s abdomen. The woman sued the hospital where the surgery took place for medical malpractice. Click title to continue reading...



Expert Testimony Regarding Meaning of Doctor’s Standing Order Relevant Only If Nurse Misunderstood or Found It Ambiguous

 A pregnant woman underwent a cesarean delivery of her baby. The antibiotic Cefotan was not administered at the time of clamping of the umbilical cord as required by the obstetrician’s standing order. The standing order stated, “For all C-sections: Have 2 grams of Cefotan prepared for infusion at the time of cord clamping.” Click title to continue reading...



Doctors Providing Post-Transplant Treatment to Donee Owed No Duty of Care to Organ Donor

 A man needed a kidney and his son volunteered to be the donor. A doctor successfully surgically removed the son’s kidney. In a separate surgery, another doctor transplanted the son’s donated kidney into his father’s body. Subsequently, the father experienced complications requiring additional surgical procedures. Click title to continue reading...