Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: July 08, 2013

IN THE NEWS


19,200 Respironics Ventilators Recalled - Software Causing Silent Shut Downs

Respironics California, Inc., a Philips Healthcare business, initiated a worldwide recall of approximately 19,200 Philips Respironics V60 Ventilators to correct a software issue that may cause the V60 ventilator device to shut down. Specifically, the recall was initiated to correct an issue with the V60 Ventilator Power Management (PM) Printed Circuit Board Assembly (PCBA) PlC software that was discovered through routine product monitoring. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Endotracheal Tube Recalled Due To Leakage Risk

Medtronic Xomed, Inc., recalled its NIM Trivantage EMG Endotracheal Tube due to risk of leakage. This product was manufactured from May 22, 2012 through Jan. 22, 2013 and distributed from July 27, 2012 through Feb. 14, 2013. Click title to continue reading...



FDA Seizes Domains of Illegal Online Pharmacies

The FDA, in partnership with international regulatory and law enforcement agencies, took action this week against more than 9,600 websites that illegally sell potentially dangerous, unapproved prescription medicines to consumers. Click title to continue reading...



Homemade Chemical Bomb Incidents Increasing and Prevalent in Summer

Homemade chemical bombs (HCBs) are explosives made from readily available chemicals, and instructions for making them are accessible on the Internet. The volume of news reports of HCB explosions suggests they are not uncommon. Click title to continue reading... 


  CASE ALERTS


Res Ipsa Not Applicable to Surgeon’s Abandoned Guide Wire

A patient underwent a biopsy of an area in her lung. The doctor performing the biopsy inserted a guide wire into the woman to assist with the procedure. The guide wire dislodged. The doctor proceeded with the biopsy but could not find the guide wire. Click title to continue reading... 



No Liability for Failing to Prevent Intoxicated Man from Leaving ER

A man was admitted to the hospital with suicidal thoughts. He was placed on a one-to-one watch. He improved after receiving medication and was discharged.  Within a month, the same man voluntarily presented to the emergency room while intoxicated and sought entry into a detoxification program. He showed signs of severe intoxication, including red eyes, garbled speech and a strong smell of alcohol. Click title to continue reading...



Injunction Against NJ Compounding Pharmacy and Executive

The U.S. District Court entered a consent decree of permanent injunction against Med Prep Consulting Inc., a Tinton Falls, N.J., pharmacy licensed by the state of New Jersey. The permanent injunction was also entered against the president and owner of Med Prep. Click title to continue reading...