Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: July 29, 2013

IN THE NEWS


Mislabeled Tracheostomy Tube Recall; Risk of Infant Injury

Tracoe Mini 3.0mm Tracheostomy Tubes, model number 350-3.0, lot number 000-1000071752, have been recalled because the device packaging is mislabeled. The outside of the device packaging stated a 3.0mm neonatal tube. The product inside the box was actually a 3.0mm pediatric tube. Click title to continue reading... 


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Test for Steam Sterilization of Reusable Medical Devices

The FDA allowed marketing of the Verify Cronos Self Contained Biological Indicator (SCBI), a new test that can help speed the determination of whether steam sterilization of reusable medical devices is effective. The first biological indicator test that gives results in two hours, the SCBI is used in reprocessing, a multistep process to clean and disinfect or sterilize reusable medical devices. Properly reprocessed reusable medical devices can be used safely for more than one patient. Click title to continue reading...



Illegal Drug Residues in Cattle Sold for Human Food

The FDA has announced that the United States District Court for the District of Vermont entered a consent decree of permanent injunction against Lawson Farm of Irasburg, Vermont, its owner, and its manager for selling cows and bull calves for human food that contain illegal drug residues, including penicillin, in violation of federal law. Click title to continue reading... 



Healthy Life Expectancy Highest in Hawaii, Lowest in Mississippi

Residents of the South regardless of race, and blacks throughout the United States, have lower healthy life expectancy at age 65, according to a report in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released by the CDC. Healthy life expectancy (HLE) is a population health measure that estimates expected years of life in good health for people at a given age. HLE estimates can predict future health service needs, evaluate health programs, and identify trends and inequalities. Click title to continue reading... 


  CASE ALERTS


Nonparty Midwife’s Negligence Relevant When Hospital Denies Liability

A pregnant woman chose to have a natural childbirth at home with the help of a registered nurse midwife and a doula. The baby's head was down; however, unlike the usual presentation, he was facing forward instead of inward, toward the mother's spine. The midwife applied fundal pressure, administered Pitocin, and performed an episiotomy. After approximately 20 hours of laboring at home without progress, the midwife called an ambulance to take the mother to the hospital. Click title to continue reading...



Action Against Brand Drug Manufacturer Precluded; Patient Took Generic

A consumer’s doctor prescribed Reglan for the patient’s Gastroesophageal Reflux. The doctor relied upon information published in the package inserts for Reglan, the Physicians' Desk Reference, or otherwise disseminated by the brand name manufacturers of Reglan. The consumer’s pharmacist filled the prescription for Reglan with its generic equivalent, metoclopramide. Click title to continue reading... 



Wheelchair Supply Owner Given Prison for Medicare Fraud

The owner and operator of a durable medical equipment (DME) supply company was sentenced today to serve five years in prison in connection with a health care fraud scheme involving Latay Medical Services, a DME company based in Gardena, California. Click title to continue reading...