Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: February 18, 2013

IN THE NEWS


Lean Cuisine Culinary Collection Mushroom Mezzaluna Ravioli Recalled Because May Contain Glass Fragments

Nestlé Prepared Foods Company recalled two production codes of Lean Cuisine Culinary Collection Mushroom Mezzaluna Ravioli because the meal may contain fragments of glass. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections Remain Most Common Type of Healthcare-Associated Infection; Surgical Site Infection Rate Also Too High

Hospitals in the U.S. continue to make progress in the fight against central line-associated bloodstream infections and some surgical site infections, according to a report issued by the CDC. Click title to continue reading...



National Council for Prescription Drug Programs Recommends Improved Labels for Medicines Containing Acetaminophen to Prevent Accidental Overdose

Acetaminophen is one of the most commonly used medicines in the United States. When used according to the label directions, it has a well-established record of safety and efficacy. Click title to continue reading...



Hamilton-T1 Ventilators with Software Versions 1.1.2 and Lower Recalled Due to Potentially Deadly Oxygen Capacity Errors

Hamilton-T1 ventilators with software versions 1.1.2 and lower are being recalled due to an error that may cause software to miscalculate the oxygen capacity. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Sixth Circuit Upholds PPACA’s Individual Mandate Against Intimate Association, Expressive Association, and Substantive Due Process Challenges

A non-profit national civic league and two of its members brought an action challenging the individual mandate provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The individual mandate requires each individual to purchase a health insurance policy providing a minimum level of coverage or make a shared responsibility payment. Click title to continue reading...



Overwhelming Evidence Pharmaceutical Company Knew Drugs Caused ONJ Made Failure to Warn Claim Evidentiary Errors Harmless; Punitive Damages Upheld

A woman suffered from breast cancer, which metastasized to her bones. She began receiving infusions of Aredia. Click title to continue reading...



Arkansas Clarifies That Joint Tortfeasor Who Has Settled Cannot be Made a Party Through a Third-Party Complaint for Contribution

A patient at a medical center developed pressure sores. The patient was discharged to a senior living center where the pressure sores became infected. He was sent to a hospital to treat the infected pressure sores. Click title to continue reading...