Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: April 01, 2013

IN THE NEWS


Defective Spacelabs Anesthesia Workstations and Kits Recalled Due to Risk of High Carbon Dioxide Concentrations to Patients Potentially Causing Death

The Spacelabs BleaseSirius Anesthesia Workstation; BleaseFocus Anesthesia Workstation; CAS I/II Absorber contained in Service Kits Part Number 12200902, 050-0659-00, and 050-0901-00; and any workstation installed with the CAS I/II Absorber have been recalled. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Most U.S. Drivers Engage in Deadly Behavior Behind the Wheel: Mobile Device Use

Road traffic crashes are a global public health problem, contributing to an estimated 1.3 million deaths annually. Known risk factors for road traffic crashes and related injuries and deaths include speed, alcohol, nonuse of restraints, and nonuse of helmets. Click title to continue reading...



All Sterile Products Distributed by Compounding Pharmacy Recalled Due to Lack of Sterility Assurance, Potential for Life Threatening Infections

All lots of all sterile products repackaged and distributed by Clinical Specialties Compounding Pharmacy have been recalled due to lack of sterility assurance. The recall follows concerns regarding practices at the site which cannot assure the sterility of the products. Click title to continue reading...



Symbios GOPump Elastomeric Infusion PumpKit Recalled Due to Faulty Flow Restrictor Bead Causing Dangerous Flow Rate, Potential for Serious Injury

The Symbios GOPump has been recalled due to a defective GOPump Elastomeric Infusion PumpKit with and without accessories all containing Dual GOPump, part number 510076: one infusion pump comprising two 150 mL elastomeric reservoirs in which each connects to its own catheter. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


U.S. Supreme Court Holds North Carolina’s Medicaid Reimbursement Scheme Violated the Medicaid Anti-Lien Provision

An infant was born with multiple serious birth injuries that require her to receive between 12 and 18 hours of skilled nursing care per day and that will prevent her from being able to work, live independently, or provide for her basic needs. Click title to continue reading...



Asbestos Supplier Owed Duty to Warn Pipe Company Employee As Foreseeable Downstream User, and Supplier Negligently Supplied Dangerous Asbestos

A worker brought an action against an asbestos supplier for personal injuries. The Superior Court of Los Angeles County granted judgment for the supplier notwithstanding the verdict. The worker appealed. Click title to continue reading...



Justice Dept Drops Antitrust Suit Against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan After State Prohibits Insurers from Using Most Favored Nation Clauses

The Department of Justice filed a motion to dismiss its antitrust lawsuit against Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) after the state of Michigan passed a law that prohibits health insurers from using most favored nation clauses (MFN) in contracts with health care providers.  Click title to continue reading...