Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: November 26, 2012

IN THE NEWS


Mindray Anesthesia Delivery System Recalled Due to Leak Risk

Mindray’s A3/A5 Anesthesia Delivery System was recalled due to the possibility of a system leak resulting from improper seating of the CO2 absorbent canister gasket. Should a system leak occur during use, fresh gas flow may be increased to compensate for any pressure loss resulting from the leak while the absorbent canister is unlocked and locked again to reseat the gasket. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


CDC Study Finds 60 Percent of America's Biggest Cities Now Smoke-Free but Secondhand Smoke Still Causing Disease and Death

Thirty of America’s 50 largest cities are now covered by laws that prohibit smoking in all indoor areas of private workplaces, restaurants, and bars, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By late 2000, only one of the 50 largest U.S. cities—San Jose, Calif.—was covered by such a law. Click title to continue reading...



Jimmy Dean French Toast and Sausage Sandwich Recalled for Undisclosed Allergens

Jimmy Dean’s butcher wrapped Food service product, Jimmy Dean French Toast and Sausage Sandwich was recalled because the product may contain the undisclosed allergens egg and soy, not listed on the label. This recall is due to a labeling error, in which the wrong ingredient statement may have been applied to a small number of sandwiches. Click title to continue reading...



Wegmans Organic Spinach and Spring Mix Blend Recalled Due to Potentially Deadly E.coli Contamination

Approximately 31,000 lbs. of Wegmans Organic Spinach and Spring Mix were recalled due to possible contamination with E.coli O157 H:7. Wegmans sold the product in 5 oz. (UPC 77890 16437) and 11 oz. (UPC 77890 16411) clam shell packages. The product was supplied to Wegmans by State Garden, Inc. based in Chelsea, Massachusetts. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


In Texas, Lost Chance Doctrine Inapplicable When Defendant's Alleged Negligence Caused Patient’s Death but Was Unrelated to Pre-Existing Conditions

A man suffered from recurrent colorectal cancer and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (“TTP”). He was admitted to the hospital for treatment. A Quinton catheter was implanted in his right internal jugular vein. He was administered pain medication and sedatives. Click title to continue reading...



Obstetrician Not Expert on Birth Defect Causation and Life Care in Malpractice Action on Failure to Diagnose Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes

A pregnant woman presented to an emergency room. A doctor from her obstetrician’s practice evaluated her for preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM) and determined she was not suffering from PPROM. A subsequent laboratory test was conducted for PPROM. Click title to continue reading...



Under Vermont Law Doctor Cannot be Professionally Disciplined for Agent’s Unprofessional Conduct on a Theory of Strict Vicarious Liability

A physician supervised a physicians assistant (PA) at a drug diversion program. It was discovered that the PA had been overprescribing controlled substances. The state Board of Medical Practice (Board) investigated the PA for professional discipline. The PA admitted to professional negligence. Click title to continue reading...