Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: September 02, 2013

IN THE NEWS


Not Sterilized Prefill Flush Syringes Recalled

Covidien recalled certain lots of Monoject prefill flush syringes due to the risk that a number of the syringes were filled with water but not subjected to the autoclave sterilization process. These products are labeled as either sodium chloride flush or heparin lock flush. Some of these syringes have the mismatched syringe tip cap, syringe label, filled volume, and wrapper. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Dove Dark Chocolate Covered Fruit Collection Recalled - Unlisted Nuts

Dove Chocolate’s Dark Chocolate-Covered Fruit Collection boxes marked Item #3265D, lot code #317DAIDS01 were recalled because some boxes may contain unlisted nuts. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to nuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product. Click title to continue reading...



New Test For Yeasts and Bacteria Known to Cause Illness

The FDA allowed marketing in the U.S. of the first mass spectrometer system for automated identification of bacteria and yeasts that are known to cause serious illness in humans. The VITEK MS can identify 193 different microorganisms and can perform up to 192 different tests in a single automated series of testing, with each test taking about one minute. Click title to continue reading...



Older Workers at Risk for Occupational Highway Travel Deaths

Highway transportation incidents are the leading cause of occupational fatalities in the United States, with the highest fatality rates occurring among workers over 65 years old. This rate is three times higher than for younger workers. Click title to continue reading... 


  CASE ALERTS


Lack of Board Certification Admissible; Unrelated CAT Scan Inadmissible

A woman presented with pain in her thighs and buttocks. She was diagnosed with a blocked aorta. She underwent aortobifemoral bypass surgery, a procedure to remove the buildup of plaque in the aorta and thereby restore appropriate blood flow to the pelvis and lower extremities. Click title to continue reading... 



Claim by Nurse Injured While Restraining Psychiatric Patient Requires Expert Report

A psychiatric nurse at a behavioral health center was injured at work while physically restraining a psychiatric patient during a behavioral emergency. The nurse subsequently filed suit asserting a cause of action for negligence against the behavioral health center, seeking damages for personal injuries. Click title to continue reading...



DOJ Sues Drug Manufacturer for Producing Non-Sterile Eye Drops

The government filed suit in the U.S. District Court for South Dakota against Dakota Laboratories LLC and its owner to block them from violating the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) in connection with their alleged violations of Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMP). Click title to continue reading...