Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: January 13, 2014

IN THE NEWS


Anesthesia Device Recalled Due to Air Leak

Vital Signs Devices, a GE Healthcare Company, has recalled the disposable Multi Absorber Original after becoming aware of a potential safety issue due to air leakage associated with the CO2 Multi Absorber. Click title to continue reading... 


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Water Filters; Risk of Bacterial Exposure from Breakage

The Nephros non-medical water filtration SafeSpout, SafeShower HH (Hand Held), SafeShower FH (Fixed Head) have been recalled because the products may pose risks to health potentially resulting in adverse health events or death. Click title to continue reading... 



IV Nutrition Solution Recalled Due to Presence of Particulates

Two lots of CLINIMIX and one lot of CLINIMIX E Injection parenteral nutrition products have been recalled by Baxter due to complaints of particulate matter found in the products. If infused, 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. Click title to continue reading... 



Injury Costs High; Evidence-Based Prevention Strategies and Interventions

Approximately 5.8 million persons die from injuries each year, accounting for 10% of all deaths worldwide. In the United States, 180,000 persons die each year from injuries, making the category the country's leading cause of death for those aged 1–44 years and the leading cause of years of potential life lost before age 65 years. Click title to continue reading... 


  CASE ALERTS


Expert’s Wrong Standard of Care Statement Did Not Void All Testimony

A 29 year old woman presented to the emergency room vomiting blood and passing blood through her rectum. These were symptoms of a massive upper gastrointestinal bleed caused by an almost daily use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) and the presence of H. pylori bacteria. Click title to continue reading... 



Pain Pump Injury May Be Inherently Undiscoverable

A man underwent surgery on his right shoulder, and following the operation, a pain pump was used to inject anesthetics directly into the joint of his shoulder. A month later, he complained to the physician who had performed the surgery of continued pain but was reassured that this pain was normal. Click title to continue reading... 



Health Care Company and Hospital Pay $3.85M on Referral Kickback Claims

St. James Healthcare (St. James), a hospital located in Butte, Montana, and its parent company, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System (Sisters of Charity), a health care organization based in Denver, Colorado, have agreed to pay $3.85 million to resolve allegations that they violated the Anti-Kickback Statute, the Stark Law and the False Claims Act by improperly providing financial benefits to physicians and physician groups that made referrals to the hospital. Click title to continue reading...