Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: June 10, 2013

IN THE NEWS


FDA Advises Avoid Prolonged Use of Magnesium Sulfate to Stop Pre-Term Labor

In a drug safety communication, the FDA is advising health care professionals against using magnesium sulfate injection for more than 5-7 days to stop pre-term labor in pregnant women.  This use of the drug is off-label, which means that it is not an FDA-approved use of the drug. Click title to continue reading... 


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Recall of Olympia Pharmacy Compounded Products; Lack of Sterility Assurance

Lowlite Investments d/b/a Olympia Pharmacy announced a voluntary multi-state recall of all sterile drug products compounded by the pharmacy between December 17, 2012, and March 27, 2013, that have not reached the expiration date listed on the product. The recall is being initiated due to concerns associated with prior quality control procedures that impacted sterility assurance. Click title to continue reading...



Salmon Products Recalled Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

Salmolux recalled certain of its cold smoked salmon products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogene.  This organism can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Click title to continue reading... 



Deadly MRSA Infections in ICU Patients Decreased by 40 Percent Using Soap

Using germ-killing soap and ointment on all intensive-care unit (ICU) patients can reduce bloodstream infections by up to 44 percent and significantly reduce the presence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in ICUs. A Department of Health and Human Services-funded study tested three MRSA prevention strategies and found that using germ-killing soap and ointment on all ICU patients was more effective than other strategies. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Advanced RN Practitioners May Supervise Radiologic Technologists Using Fluoroscopy

The Iowa Nursing Board and the Department of Public Health promulgated administrative rules permitting advanced registered nurse practitioners (ARNP) to supervise radiologic technologists using fluoroscopy machines. Physician associations brought an action challenging the rules. Two nursing associations intervened to defend the rules. Click title to continue reading...



Recovery for Loss of Chance of Recovery or Survival in Failure to Diagnose Cancer Suit

Shortly after her daughter was born, a woman noticed a lump on the infant’s buttock. The mother allegedly discussed the lump with her daughter’s physician at various checkups.  The physician documented the lump in the daughter’s chart at her one-year appointment and referred her to a pediatrician, who referred her to a pediatric surgeon because she was concerned that the lump could be a malignant tumor. Click title to continue reading... 



Clinic Director Sentenced to 111 Months for $63 Million Health Care Fraud

A former health care clinic director and licensed therapist was sentenced in Miami to 111 months in prison in connection with a health care fraud scheme involving defunct health provider Health Care Solutions Network, Inc., (HCSN). Click title to continue reading...