Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: March 17, 2014

IN THE NEWS


Pocket Controller Used Incorrectly May Cause Death, Heart Failure

Thoratec Corporation initiated a worldwide Medical Device Correction in order to update its labeling and training materials for the HeartMate II LVAS Pocket System Controller (the “Pocket Controller”). Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Ventilator Fails to Deliver Mechanical Breaths

Trilogy Ventilator, Models 100, 200, and 202, have been recalled due to a potentially defective component on the Trilogy Ventilator power management board, which could affect the function of the device. Click title to continue reading...



Antidepressant Recall; Possible Cardiac Drug Presence

Pfizer recalled one lot of 30-count Effexor XR (venlafaxine HCl) 150 mg extended-release capsules, one lot of 90-count Effexor XR (venlafaxine HCl) 150 mg extended-release capsules and one lot of 90-count Greenstone LLC-branded Venlafaxine HC1 150 mg extended-release capsules. Click title to continue reading...



Severe Diarrheal Illness in Children Linked to Doctor Prescribed Antibiotics

The majority of pediatric Clostridium difficile infections, which are bacterial infections that cause severe diarrhea and are potentially life-threatening, occur among children in the general community who recently took antibiotics prescribed in doctor’s offices for other conditions, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published in Pediatrics. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Pain and Suffering Limited for Infant Delivery Shoulder Injury

A fetus was noted to have shoulder dystocia prior to delivery. The mother presented to a medical center where a certified nurse midwife (CNM) delivered the infant. During delivery, the CNM applied excessive lateral traction. Click title to continue reading...



Limitations Not Tolled for Insanity When No Total Inability to Function

A student considering attending medical school in Grenada attended an information session where the school staff told attendees that there would be medical facilities and treatment available for students on the Grenada Campus, including medical evacuation if needed. Click title to continue reading...



Unlicensed Physician Guilty in Medicare Fraud

A 60-year-old, former Detroit-area physician pleaded guilty for his role in an $11.5 million health care fraud scheme. Click title to continue reading...