Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: January 06, 2014

IN THE NEWS


Worldwide Recall of IV Solutions-Presence of Particulates

One lot of 5% Dextrose Injection, USP and four lots of 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, USP manufactured by Baxter were recalled due to particulate matter found in the solutions. Injecting a product containing particulate matter may result in blockages of blood vessels, which can result in stroke, heart attack, or damage to other organs such as the kidney or liver. Click title to continue reading... 


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Glass in Lot of Gardasil HPV Vaccine

The CDC was informed by Merck that the company planned to implement a voluntary recall of one lot (lot J007354) of Gardasil [Human Papillomavirus Quadrivalent (types 6, 11, 16, and 18) Vaccine, Recombinant], due to the potential for a small number of vials to contain glass particles as a result of breakage during the manufacturing process. Click title to continue reading... 



Portable Bed Rails Can Be Deadly

Portable bed rails can make the person using them vulnerable to becoming trapped in the rails or falling. Unlike hospital beds that are generally designed as a unified system of bed, mattress, rails, and head- and foot-boards, portable bed rails are separate pieces that are attached to a normal bed, often by sliding a piece of the rail under the mattress or by using the floor for support. Click title to continue reading... 



Hospital-Acquired MRSA and C. Difficile Data Reported

New data posted in December and gathered through the CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) gives patients a first look at how their local hospitals are doing at preventing Clostridium difficile infections (deadly diarrhea) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bloodstream infections. Click title to continue reading... 


  CASE ALERTS


Failure to Timely Diagnose, Properly Treat Stroke

An 81-year-old woman arrived at a hospital by ambulance. The paramedics indicated she had suffered a stroke the night before, resulting in right side weakness and general incoherence. The emergency department ordered a CT scan of her head, a chest x-ray, and blood work. Click title to continue reading... 



Kickback Claims Settled for $5.475M

Abbott Laboratories has agreed to pay the United States $5.475 million to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by paying kickbacks to induce doctors to implant the company’s carotid, biliary and peripheral vascular products. Click title to continue reading... 


FEATURE


Expert Testimony Based on Report of Anoxic Event

A woman suffered from stiff man syndrome (SMS), a rare, disabling neurological disorder characterized by progressive, severe muscle stiffness or rigidity as well as painful muscle spasms triggered by sensory stimuli. The woman was admitted to a hospital to treat her SMS for six days. Click title to continue reading...