Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: November 18, 2013

IN THE NEWS


Valve Recalled Due to Switch Defect; Potential for Gastrointestinal Injury

The Pentax Gas/Water Valve, Model OF-B194, was recalled because the valve has been found to have a manufacturing defect which may prevent users from turning off the carbon dioxide gas flow during an endoscopic procedure with the potential for serious hazard to the patient, including peritonitis, perforations, sepsis, bowel perforations requiring surgical repair, and death. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Heart Kit Recalled; Risk of Particulates Introduced Into Bloodstream

The TorFlex Transseptal Guiding Sheath Kit manufactured by Baylis Medical was recalled because the sheath could remove particulate of less than 5 mm from the dilator. The particulate could potentially migrate into a patient’s bloodstream. Click title to continue reading...



Blood Clot and Tissue Capture System Recalled Due to Deformed Cannula Tip

Edwards Lifesciences is recalling all lot numbers of the EMBOL-X Glide Protection System due to a deformed cannula tip. The affected EMBOL-X Glide Protection System was manufactured from September 21, 2010, through July 12, 2013, and distributed from September 21, 2010, through August 22, 2013. Click title to continue reading...



Arthritis Sufferers Might Exceed 25M by 2030; Work and Health Loss in Billions

Arthritis is the most common cause of disability among U.S. adults and is particularly common among persons with multiple chronic conditions. In 2003, arthritis in the United States resulted in an estimated $128 billion in medical-care costs and lost earnings. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


New Trial on Failure to Diagnose Cancer Due to Unredacted Notes on Physicians

A woman underwent a CT scan of her sinuses. A radiologist read the CT scan and failed to detect a cancerous mass in the woman's sinuses. Two weeks later, the woman underwent another CT scan. The radiologists who read that scan also failed to detect the mass in the woman's sinuses. Click title to continue reading...



Costs Award Due to Health Providers Moving for Continuance on Trial Date

The administrator of an estate brought a medical malpractice and wrongful death action against the decedent's health care providers. During pretrial hearings, the health care providers moved for a continuance of the trial date at least three times. Click title to continue reading...



Prison and Fine for Role in $13.8 Million Medicare Fraud

A Detroit-area resident was sentenced to serve 60 months in prison for his role in a $13.8 million Medicare fraud scheme. In addition to his prison term, the 50-year-old resident of Farmington Hills, Michigan, was sentenced to serve two years of supervised release and was ordered to pay $1,734,801 in restitution, jointly and severally with his co-defendants. Click title to continue reading...