Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: June 17, 2013

IN THE NEWS


Defective EZ Breathe Atomizer Recalled Because Washer Could Become Dislodged

A Medical Device Recall was issued due to a manufacturing defect which could result in the washer becoming dislodged from the EZ Breathe Atomizer. If this occurs, users may accidentally swallow the washer or choke on it. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Three Lots of Vecuronium Bromide for Injection Recalled Due to Elevated Impurity Levels

Sagent Pharmaceuticals, Inc. of Schaumburg, Illinois, recalled three lots of Vecuronium Bromide for Injection 10mg (NDC number 25021-657-10) manufactured by Mustafa Nevzat Ilac Sanayii A.S. (MN Pharmaceuticals) and distributed by Sagent. This recall was initiated due to the discovery of an elevated impurity result detected during routine quality testing of stability samples at the 18-month interval. Click title to continue reading... 



Townsend Farms Frozen Organic Antioxidant Blend Recalled Due To Possible Hepatitis A Contamination

Townsend Farms, Inc. of Fairview, Oregon, announced a voluntary recall of certain lots of its frozen Organic Antioxidant Blend because it has the potential to be contaminated with Hepatitis A virus. The contamination was discovered through an ongoing epidemiological and traceback investigation by the FDA and the CDC of an illness outbreak. Click title to continue reading... 



CDC Releases Guide for Patient Notification After Infection Control Lapse or Potential Disease Transmission

The CDC released a new toolkit to assist health departments and healthcare facilities with notifying patients after an infection control lapse or potential disease transmission during medical care. Unsafe injection practices and other lapses in basic infection control put patients at risk of infection. These incidents have occurred in a wide variety of healthcare settings (e.g., hospitals, outpatient clinics, assisted living facilities). Click title to continue reading... 


  CASE ALERTS


Failure to Disclose Defendant Doctor’s Expert Opinions and Facts on Which They Were Based Reversible Error in Delaware Bowel Resection Case

A woman underwent an appendectomy. About a week later, she was readmitted to the hospital complaining of abdominal pain. She was diagnosed with a partial small bowel obstruction. The following day, a surgeon removed a section of the woman's small bowel. Click title to continue reading... 



Jury Instruction on Loss-of-Chance Theory of Liability Not Improper; ER Physician Liable for Improper Intubation

An 83-year-old woman was rushed to a hospital after her husband found her unresponsive and on the floor of their home. At the hospital, the emergency room physician concluded that the woman had difficulty breathing and may have suffered a stroke. Click title to continue reading... 



Michigan Doctor Sentenced to 18 Months for Role in Medicare Fraud Scheme

A Lansing-area doctor was sentenced to 18 months in prison for his role in a $13.8 million Medicare fraud scheme. In addition to his prison term, the doctor was sentenced to three years of supervised release and ordered to pay $582,912 in restitution. Click title to continue reading...