Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: November 25, 2013

IN THE NEWS


FDA Approves Medical Device to Treat Drug-Resistant Epilepsy

The FDA approved a device to help reduce the frequency of seizures in epilepsy patients who have not responded well to medications. The RNS Stimulator, manufactured by Neuropace, Inc. of Mountain View, California, consists of a small neurostimulator implanted within the skull under the scalp. Click title to continue reading... 


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Whole Foods Recalls Ready-To-Eat Salads; E. coli Potential

Whole Foods Market’s Northern California region recalled ready-to-eat Artichoke Wheatberry Salad and Southwest SooFoo Salad in response to a recall issued by Glass Onion Catering. The salads are being recalled as a preventive measure because they have the potential to be contaminated with E. coli O157:h7, a bacteria that may cause illness or death. Click title to continue reading...



Breast Cancer Test Recalled; Marketed Without FDA Approval

The Atossa Genetics Mammary Aspiration Specimen Cytology Test (MASCT) System Kit and the ForeCYTE Breast Health Test were recalled for marketing without approval or clearance. The ForeCYTE Breast Health Test is a diagnostic test that has not been cleared or approved by the FDA for any indication or use. Click title to continue reading... 



Cluster of Newborns in Tennessee with Bleeding Disorder

Between February and September 2013, four confirmed cases of late vitamin K deficient bleeding were diagnosed at a children's hospital in Nashville, Tennessee. The four infants had laboratory-confirmed coagulopathy. Click title to continue reading... 


  CASE ALERTS


Emergency Room Doctor Failed to Diagnose Pulmonary Embolism

A 15-year-old boy underwent arthroscopic knee surgery. A week later he presented to the emergency room complaining of chest pain. He was examined by a doctor who ordered an electrocardiogram (“EKG”) and a chest X-ray. Click title to continue reading... 



Negligent Anesthetization of Patient; Lost Chance of Survival

A 79-year-old woman fractured her elbow. She was scheduled to undergo surgery on her elbow but when she checked in for surgery, the nurse anesthetist noted the woman had wheezy breathing, shortness of breath, low blood oxygen saturation, and excruciating pain. Click title to continue reading... 



Videotaped Clinic Owner Gets Prison for $77 Million Medicare Fraud Scheme

The owner of a Brooklyn medical clinic was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison for her leading role in a $77 million Medicare fraud scheme. The 50 year old woman from Brooklyn was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nina Gershon of the Eastern District of New York. Click title to continue reading...