Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: November 04, 2013

IN THE NEWS


Ventilator Overinflates Lungs at High Altitudes; Neonatal Injury

CareFusion recalled its AVEA ventilators regarding barometric pressure sensor compensation when using the neonatal wye hot wire flow sensor. Specifically, AVEA ventilators may experience an underreporting of tidal volume if used in conjunction with the neonatal hotwire flow sensor. The patient may receive a higher than expected tidal volume. Click title to continue reading... 


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Continuing Effects of Multistate Outbreak of Fungal Meningitis

In October 2012, the CDC activated its Emergency Operations Center as part of the response to the tragic outbreak of fungal meningitis linked to three contaminated lots of preservative-free methylprednisolone acetate (MPA) produced by the New England Compounding Center (NECC). Click title to continue reading... 



Air in Implantable Pump May Cause Drug Overdose

MedStream Programmable Infusion Pump and Refill Kits were recalled because air in the pump reservoir may release a higher dosage of drug than expected, leading to drug overdose. The MedStream Programmable Infusion Pump is an implanted drug delivery system used in the U.S. for the chronic delivery of Baclofen, a muscle relaxer derived from gamma-aminobutyric acid (GAMA) to treat muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, or damage to the brain or spinal cord. Click title to continue reading... 



Electrical Part in Anesthesia/Ventilation Machine May Fail

Draeger Medical’s Fabius Series Anesthesia Machines have been recalled because they may fail to provide automatic ventilation. The Fabius GS Premium, Fabius OS, Fabius Tiro, and Fabius Tiro D-M anesthesia machines are all subject to the recall. Click title to continue reading... 


  CASE ALERTS


Textbook Illustration Inadmissible in Failure to Scrub In

A man presented to the emergency room with lower back pain. A mass in his pelvis was discovered. He followed up with his primary care physician, who referred him to a neurosurgeon. Click title to continue reading... 



Expert Testimony and Improper Motive Evidence Required in EMTALA Claim

A man cut his hand while using scissors to open a bottle of glue. He wrapped his hand in a towel and was driven to the nearest emergency room. The receptionist told him he would have to wait. He went home. Later that day he was driven to the same emergency room. Click title to continue reading... 



Prison for Health Care Administrator Who Paid Kickbacks

A 63 year old woman from Miami, who was an administrator and employee of two Miami health care companies, was sentenced to serve 60 months in prison for her participation in a $74 million home health Medicare fraud scheme. Click title to continue reading...