Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: December 03, 2012

IN THE NEWS


Cocoa Latte Hot Drink Makers Recalled Due to Possible Lead Risk

Consumers should immediately stop using the Cocoa Latte Hot Drink Maker manufactured by Focus Products Group International because a small bushing inside the container has the potential to leach lead. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Secondhand Smoke Inside Airports Puts Air Travelers and Employees at Risk of Disease and Death

Average air pollution levels from secondhand smoke directly outside designated smoking areas in airports are five times higher than levels in smoke-free airports, according to a study by the CDC. The study conducted in five large U.S. airport hubs also showed that air pollution levels inside designated smoking areas were 23 times higher than levels in smoke-free airports. Click title to continue reading...



HeartSine Samaritan Public Access Defibrillator 300/300P Recalled Because Device May Intermittently Turn On and Off

The HeartSine Samaritan Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) 300/300P is the subject of a class 1 recall. Certain Samaritan 300/300P PAD devices, intended for use on patients experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, have been found to intermittently turn on and off. Click title to continue reading...



Newman’s Own Lite Honey Mustard Dressing Recalled Due to Undisclosed Milk

Newman’s Own Lite Honey Mustard Dressing was recalled because it contains undisclosed milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of a serious or life threatening allergic reaction if they consume the Newman’s Own Lite Honey Mustard Dressing with the affected time code. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


HIPAA Did Not Preempt State Law Wrongful Disclosure Claim; Disclosure Unrelated to Care Not Covered by Medical Malpractice Filing Requirement

A man was admitted to a hospital as a psychiatric patient and as part of his treatment, the man disclosed information that he had kept secret from everyone, including his wife whom he was divorcing. Click title to continue reading...



South Carolina Holds Heightened Duty Instruction Inapplicable to Medical Malpractice Claims; Net Operating Revenue in Closing Arguments Prejudicial

A paraplegic man was admitted to a hospital with a stage two pressure ulcer. The ulcer progressed to stage four. He underwent a colostomy and skin graft. Click title to continue reading...



In E. Coli Outbreak Suit, One Faulty Traceback Report Did Not Undermine Other Traceback Reports or Experts Who Relied on Them

A beef slaughtering and processing company sold a container filled with two thousand pounds of meat and fat to a meat processing company. The meat processing company combined the meat and fat with meat and fat purchased from other companies. Click title to continue reading...