Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: August 12, 2013

IN THE NEWS


Artificial Femur Recalled - Risk of Fracture While Walking

The LPS (Limb Preservation System) Lower Extremity Dovetail Intercalary Component is being recalled because it has the potential for fracture of the female component, at the dovetail, when exposed to normal physiologic loads while walking. Click title to continue reading... 


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Rare But Serious Skin Reactions From Acetaminophen

The FDA is informing the public that acetaminophen has been associated with a risk of rare but serious skin reactions. These skin reactions, known as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS), toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), and acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis (AGEP), can be fatal. Acetaminophen is a common active ingredient to treat pain and reduce fever; it is included in many prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) products. Click title to continue reading... 



FDA Defines “Gluten-Free” for Food Labeling

The FDA published a new regulation defining the term "gluten-free" for voluntary food labeling. This will provide a uniform standard definition to help the up to 3 million Americans who have celiac disease, an autoimmune digestive condition that can be effectively managed only by eating a gluten free diet. Click title to continue reading...



U.S. Breastfeeding Rates Increase

Breastfeeding rates have continued to rise over the past decade, according to data released by the CDC. The percent of babies breastfeeding at six months increased from 35 percent in 2000 to 49 percent in 2010. Click title to continue reading... 


  CASE ALERTS


Late Filing Fee Not Fatal to Timely Medical Malpractice Claim

A woman underwent a Cesarean section and a tubal ligation. Two weeks later the woman suffered a bilateral stroke that left her with permanent injuries. Nearly two years later, the woman and her husband's attorney sent a proposed medical malpractice complaint to the Indiana Department of Insurance by certified mail. Click title to continue reading...   



Burns from Shoulder Limb Positioner Not Cooled After Sterilization

A woman was admitted to a hospital to undergo arthroscopic shoulder surgery on her left shoulder. A Spider Limb Positioner manufactured by Smith & Nephew, Inc., was to be used to hold the woman’s left arm in place during the surgery. Click title to continue reading... 



$17K False Claims Act Judgment Against Cardiologist and Companies

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has entered judgment for more than $17 million against a nuclear cardiologist and his two companies for submitting false nuclear cardiology claims to federal and state health care programs, the Justice Department announced today. Click title to continue reading...