Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: October 14, 2013

IN THE NEWS


Steel Particles in Lidocaine Lead to Recall

One lot of 1% Lidocaine HCI Injection (a local anesthetic), USP, 10 mg/mL, 20 mL Multiple-dose Fliptop Vial, NDC 0409-4276-01 Lot 25-090-DK (the lot number may be followed by 01 or 02) was the subject of a nationwide recall. A customer reported visible dark red or black particles in the primary container. Click title to continue reading... 


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Scooters Recalled Due to Inability to Stop

Breeze C Scooters have been recalled because they may become unresponsive during operation due to an electrical contact that may fault due to extensive wear. This potentially could result in the driver not being able to stop the scooter during operation except by turning off the ignition key. Click title to continue reading...



Defective Cuff in Emergency Airway Kits

H&H Emergency Cricothyrotomy Kits were recalled because the provided endotracheal airway may have a defective cuff balloon. A cricothyrotomy, a type of tracheotomy, is an emergency surgical procedure in which an incision in made through the neck into the windpipe in order to establish an airway. Click title to continue reading...



Inmates Released With Untreated TB Are Serious Public Health Concern

Diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis (TB) in correctional facilities is a key component to TB elimination in the United States. Tuberculosis is a disease caused by bacteria that are spread through the air from person to person. Click title to continue reading... 


  CASE ALERTS


Malpractice Notice Requirement May Be Waived in Interests of Justice

A woman filed a medical malpractice suit against a hospital. She did not provide notice of intent to sue at least ninety days before filing suit. The hospital filed a motion to dismiss for failure to comply with D.C.Code § 16–2802(a), which provided that one who intends to file a medical malpractice suit against a healthcare provider is required to provide notice of intent to sue at least ninety days before filing suit. Click title to continue reading...



Obstetrician Not Qualified Expert On Treatment of Midwife

A pregnant woman was under the care of a certified nurse midwife. During labor, the infant’s shoulders became lodged in the birth canal, an obstetrical complication known as shoulder dystocia.  The certified nurse midwife delivered the woman’s son. Click title to continue reading... 



California Chiropractic Medicare Biller Guilty of Health Care Fraud

A San Fernando Valley chiropractor, who was the second highest Medicare biller in California for chiropractic services, pled guilty to healthcare fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1347. Between 2005 and 2012, the owner of Sylmar Physician Medical Group, Inc. – a storefront chiropractic clinic located in a strip mall – defrauded Medicare by billing for patients he never treated. Click title to continue reading...