Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: May 27, 2013

IN THE NEWS


Postoperative Infusion Systems GOPump and GOBlock Kits Recalled Due to Excessively High Flow Rates; Risk of Seizure, Dysrhythmia, or Death

All GOPump Rapid Recovery System kits and GOBlock Kits manufactured with flow control components assembled prior to July 2012 are the subject of a nationwide recall. These products have been found to potentially cause excessively high flow rates, which presents a risk of patient toxicity and serious injury (e.g., seizure, dysrhythmia, or death) due to the rapid influx of medication particularly in patients with low body mass or advanced age. Click title to continue reading... 


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Presource Kits Containing a Pre-Assembled Anesthesia Circuit Recalled Due to Risk of Obstructed Air Flow Possibly Resulting in Serious Injury

Various Presource Kits containing a pre-assembled anesthesia circuit and filter may contain outer plastic packaging on one or more components. If the packaging is removed without disassembling the components, remnants of the plastic from the packaging material may become lodged in the filter potentially causing an obstruction in airflow. Click title to continue reading... 



FDA Approves New Use for Arthritis Drug: Treating Ulcerative Colitis

The FDA approved a new use for Simponi (golimumab) injection to treat adults with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis. Simponi works by blocking tumor necrosis factor (TNF), which plays an important role in causing abnormal inflammatory and immune responses. Click title to continue reading... 



CDC Study Helps Dialysis Facilities Reduce Potentially Deadly Infections; Finds Protocol Use During Dialysis Cuts Bloodstream Infections in Half

 Although the overall rate of hospitalization among hemodialysis patients has remained relatively stable since 1993, the rate of hospitalization for bloodstream infections has increased 51 percent. A dialysis patient is more than 100 times more likely to get a bloodstream infection from a common resistant bacteria, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), than other people. Click title to continue reading... 


  CASE ALERTS


Rhode Island Medical Malpractice Prejudgment Interest Statute Found Constitutional; Echocardiologist Liable for Surgeon’s Errant Suture

A man underwent open-heart, mitral valve replacement surgery. The surgical team included an echocardiologist. During the surgery, the surgeon was unable to see behind the mitral valve to determine whether he had placed an errant suture in sewing the replacement mitral valve. Because of this, the echocardiologist reviewed the echocardiogram that revealed how the patient’s heart was functioning and how the replacement valve was functioning. Click title to continue reading... 



HIPAA Does Not Require Physician Interview Transcript Production Because Transcripts Contain Protected Health Information When They Are Attorney Work Product

The decedent, a woman who suffered from cancer, was treated by the defendant health care provider. The decedent’s husband sued the health care provider in his individual capacity and as executor of his wife’s estate. During discovery, the health care provider sought to depose the woman’s prior health care providers which were not parties to this case. Click title to continue reading... 



U.S. Sues Brooklyn Fish Processors for Failing to Remedy Insanitary Conditions that Put Consumers at Risk of Listeriosis and Botulism

The Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit and sought a preliminary injunction against N.Y. Fish Inc., New York City Fish Inc., and four individuals involved with the operations of the fish processors under the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA). New York City Fish manufactures and distributes ready-to-eat fishery products, including smoked salmon and mackerel, and operates out of a food processing facility located at 738 Chester Street in Brooklyn. N.Y. Fish previously operated a similar fish processing business out of the same location, employing virtually all of the same employees. Click title to continue reading...