Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: January 20, 2014

IN THE NEWS


Prego Sauce Recalled Due to Risk of Spoilage

Campbell Soup Company recalled approximately 300 cases of 24-ounce jars of Prego Traditional Italian sauce because of a risk of spoilage. The affected product was manufactured on December 15, 2013, and can be identified by the “Best By” date of June 16, 2015, and a four-digit, military time code ranging from “CT BJ ZV 0330” through “CT BJ ZV 0449.” Click title to continue reading... 


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Software May Cause Puritan Ventilator to Stop Functioning

On December 16, 2013, Covidien sent its customers an Urgent Medical Device Voluntary Field Correction letter regarding the Puritan Bennett 840 Series Ventilator. Customers were instructed to continue using their Puritan Bennett 840 ventilators until they are able to install a software update. Click title to continue reading...



Sodium Phosphate Laxatives May Cause Kidney Injury, Death

On January 8, 2014, the FDA warned the public that using more than one dose in 24 hours of over-the-counter (OTC) sodium phosphate drugs to treat constipation can cause rare but serious harm to the kidneys and heart, and even death. Click title to continue reading... 



Doctors Fail to Offer Alcohol Screening and Counseling

Only one in six adults - and only one in four binge drinkers - say a health professional has ever discussed alcohol use with them even though drinking too much is harmful to health, according to a new report from the CDC. Click title to continue reading... 


  CASE ALERTS


Disclosure of Patient Records Outside Nurse’s Job Not Actionable

A man was being treated for a sexually transmitted disease (STD) at a private health care provider’s medical facility. A nurse employed by the provider recognized the man as the boyfriend of her sister-in-law. Click title to continue reading... 



Child Born With Defects Can Sue For Negligent Amniocentesis

A pregnant woman was referred to a physician because she had developed gestational diabetes. The physician performed an amniocentesis to determine whether the fetus's lungs were mature enough to induce early labor. Click title to continue reading...   



Health Organization Sued for Kickbacks and Unnecessary Admissions in Six States

The government has intervened in eight False Claims Act lawsuits against Health Management Associates Inc. (HMA) alleging that HMA billed federal health care programs for medically unnecessary inpatient admissions from the emergency departments at HMA hospitals and paid remuneration to physicians in exchange for patient referrals. Click title to continue reading...