Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: July 22, 2013

IN THE NEWS


Brain Wave Test Helps Assess Children and Teens for ADHD

The FDA recently allowed marketing of the first medical device based on brain function to help assess attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adolescents 6 to 17 years old. When used as part of a complete medical and psychological examination, the device can help confirm an ADHD diagnosis or a clinician’s decision that further diagnostic testing should focus on ADHD or other medical or behavioral conditions that produce symptoms similar to ADHD. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Meningitis Vaccine Recalled Due to Residual Moisture

Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, Inc. of Rosia, Italy, recalled one lot of MENVEO Meningococcal (Groups A, C, Y and W-135) Oligosaccharide Diphtheria CRM-197 Conjugate Vaccine. The recall followed observation of higher-than-specified levels of residual moisture within the lyophilized MenA component vial in the lot noted above. Click title to continue reading... 



Surgical Fire Prevention and Operating Room Extinguisher Recommendations

Surgical fires, though rare, can have devastating consequences for patients, staff, and the healthcare facility as a whole. Adverse outcomes for patients can be both physical and psychological. The physical ones include burns, inhalation injuries, infection, disfigurement and death. Click title to continue reading... 



Acute Gastroenteritis and Norovirus Outbreaks: Hospitalizations, Deaths, Vaccine

Acute gastroenteritis (AGE; defined as diarrhea or vomiting) is a major cause of illness in the United States; an estimated 179 million episodes occur annually. AGE is caused by a variety of viral, bacterial, and parasitic pathogens and by toxins, chemicals, and other noninfectious causes. Noroviruses are the leading cause of epidemic gastroenteritis, detected in approximately 50% of AGE outbreaks across Europe and the United States. Click title to continue reading... 


  CASE ALERTS


Product Liability Suit for Zoloft Birth Defects Proceeds in State Court

Nineteen families filed a single complaint in West Virginia state court alleging products liability and negligence claims against three pharmaceutical companies. The families alleged that the prescription antidepressant sertraline hydrochloride, branded as Zoloft, caused birth defects to each child born of a pregnancy where the mother ingested Zoloft. Click title to continue reading... 



On Informed Consent Issue Expert Testimony Found Sufficient

A woman underwent a colonoscopy and during the procedure, the rectosigmoid junction of her colon was perforated. The perforation was not immediately noticed. The next day the woman underwent emergency surgery to rectify the resulting medical problems. Click title to continue reading...



Power Wheelchair $10 Million Medicare Fraud – Possible Prison and Fine

A Los Angeles-area doctor and a patient recruiter pleaded guilty for their roles in a power wheelchair fraud scheme that defrauded Medicare of over $10.1 million. The doctor from Los Angeles, and the recruiter from Huntington Park, California, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge George Wu in the Central District of California to one count of health care fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, respectively. Click title to continue reading...