Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: January 14, 2013

IN THE NEWS


T-Piece Circuit Used on GE Healthcare’s Giraffe and Panda Resuscitation Units Recalled Due to Potentially Deadly Inspiratory Pressure Malfunction

GE Healthcare recalled the T-piece circuit used with GE Healthcare’s Giraffe and Panda resuscitation units. The T-piece circuits affected by this recall are sold under the following part numbers and contain a red inspection stamp. Click title to continue reading... 


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


More Than Half of Young HIV-Infected Americans Are Not Aware of Their Status

Young people between the ages of 13 and 24 represent more than a quarter of new HIV infections each year (26 percent) and most of these youth living with HIV (60 percent) are unaware they are infected, according to a Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Click title to continue reading... 



FDA Proposes New Food Safety Standards for Foodborne Illness Prevention and Produce Safety

The FDA proposed two new food safety rules that will help prevent foodborne illness. The proposed rules implement the landmark, bipartisan FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The proposed rules build on significant strides made during the Obama Administration. Click title to continue reading... 



Urgent Worldwide Medical Device Recall of Inserter Instrument for PEEK Ardis Interbody Spacer

All PEEK Ardis Inserters are the subject of a worldwide recall. The Ardis Inserter is a surgical instrument used during spinal surgery to implant the PEEK Ardis Interbody Spacer. The inserters are being recalled because the manufacturer, Zimmer Spine, has received reports of PEEK Ardis Interbody Spacer implant breakage when the implant is subjected to excessive lateral and/or off-axis forces from the inserter during surgery. Click title to continue reading... 


  CASE ALERTS


Doctor’s Recovery Room Acts May Not Be “Professional Care” but Battery; Emotional Distress May Arise From Doctor Showing Patient Tissue Post Procedure

A woman suffered a miscarriage and underwent a dilation and curettage procedure. She alleged that she was administered insufficient anesthesia and awoke during the procedure. When she confronted the anesthesiologist, the doctor yelled and shoved a container of the woman’s bodily fluids and tissue at her. Click title to continue reading... 



Washingtion Upholds 90-Day Presuit Notice Requirement for Medical Malpractice Claims Against Governmental Defendants

A man fractured his femur and underwent surgery at a county hospital. The man alleged he was subsequently denied anticoagulant medication. Ten days after his surgery, the man presented to the emergency room with swelling in his leg, which was diagnosed as deep venous thrombosis. Click title to continue reading...



Delaware Announces Guidelines to Avoid Dismissal of Plaintiffs’ Claims Without Being Heard on Merits for Attorneys’ Failure to Obey Scheduling Orders

A man undergoing outpatient mental health treatment for depression committed suicide. His family filed a medical negligence action against his mental health care providers. Click title to continue reading...