Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: September 30, 2013

IN THE NEWS


FDA Prevents Food Distribution from Rodent and Insect-infested Virginia Facility

U.S. Marshals seized food products at Gourmet Provisions, LLC, and Royal Cup, Inc., after FDA investigators found widespread and active rodent and insect infestation on the premises. The FDA initiated seizures of food products manufactured by Gourmet Provisions, LLC, and stored by the two companies on September 16, 2013, under warrants issued by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Public Access Defibrillators Corrected; Inability to Deliver Cardiac Therapy

HeartSine Technologies, Ltd., initiated a voluntary global correction of certain Samaritan 300/300P PAD (public access defibrillator) devices to address two separate issues that may affect the ability to deliver therapy to a patient in a sudden cardiac arrest, if needed. Click title to continue reading... 



IV Caps and Ports Recalled Due to Contamination; Possible Embolic Injury

Baxter recalled two lots of its Dual Luer Lock Caps (Product Code 2C6250, Lots 10043 and 10044) because of the presence of loose particulate matter found in the packaging. Particulate matter entering the fluid path from the Luer Lock Caps may result in thrombotic and embolic events, including: pulmonary embolism, myocardial infarction and stroke. Click title to continue reading... 



Child Maltreatment Studies: Physical, Sexual, Emotional Abuse and Neglect

The Journal of Adolescent Health released a special supplement investigating the role of safe, stable, nurturing relationships (SSNRs) and social contexts in the cycle of child maltreatment across generations. Click title to continue reading... 


  CASE ALERTS


Failure to Review MRI Leads to Ten Year Delay in Brain Cyst Diagnosis

A patient with a history of nausea and vomiting presented to a Georgetown University Hospital pediatric neurologist with severe headaches. The pediatric neurologist told her to arrange an EKG and an MRI through her primary-care physician. Click title to continue reading... 



No Liability for Failure to Prevent Deadly Allergic Reaction

An autistic child suffered from asthma and an array of severe allergies. The child’s home school district formulated an individualized education program (IEP), including his attendance at private school and nursing services. Click title to continue reading... 



Preventing and Prosecuting Potential Fraud in Health Insurance Market

Attorney General Eric Holder, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairwoman Edith Ramirez met at the White House to kick off a comprehensive interagency initiative to prevent, protect against, and where necessary prosecute consumer fraud and privacy violations in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Click title to continue reading...