Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: April 14, 2014

IN THE NEWS


Gas Fireplaces Recalled Due to Explosion Hazard

Hussong Manufacturing recalled three gas fireplaces and fireplace inserts because they pose an explosion hazard. The main control module of Kozy Heat, Ambiance and Stellar Hearth gas fireplaces and fireplace inserts can allow gas to be released and buildup in the burner area, posing an explosion hazard. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Ventilator Rapid Battery Depletion; Possible Patient Injury or Death

All lots of Evita V500 and Babylog VN500 Ventilators equipped with the optional PS500 power supply units and manufactured by Dräger Medical Inc. of Telford, Pennsylvania, are being recalled. Dräger Medical identified instances when the battery installed in the optional PS500 power supply unit depleted faster than expected and the device shut down even though the visual indicator showed a sufficient charge. Click title to continue reading...



FDA Combats Opioid Overdose; Overdoses Leading Cause of Death

FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret A. Hamburg released a statement regarding the FDA’s approval of Evzio (naloxone autoinjector) the first auto-injector designed to rapidly reverse the overdose of either prescription or illicit opioids. Click title to continue reading...



Large Increase in E-Cigarette-Related Poison Center Calls; Nicotine Poisonings

The number of calls to poison centers involving e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine rose from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month in February 2014, according to a CDC study. The number of calls per month involving conventional cigarettes did not show a similar increase during the same time period. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Expert Testimony Lacking Peer-Review Support Insufficient in DTaP Vaccine Claim

At a boy’s fifteen-month well-child physical, the doctor noted that the boy was developing normally, though he did not want to talk. About nineteen months later, the boy received several immunizations, including the diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccination. About five hours later, the boy began experiencing an abnormally high fever and some swelling. Click title to continue reading...



Oral Tolling Agreement With Malpractice Insurer Not Binding

A woman underwent a total knee replacement surgery. She sustained injuries as a result of the surgery. After the woman provided the surgeon and his practice group with notice of intent to file suit, the two-year limitations period was tolled for a period of 182 days by statute. Click title to continue reading...



Insurers Must Indemnify Medical School Settlement for Terminating Cancer Vaccine Trial

A not-for-profit medical school administered a research study of a breast cancer vaccine. The purpose of the study was to evaluate whether stimulating a person's immune system was effective in fighting breast cancer. The study was funded through a gift agreement through which the doctor who developed the vaccine, who died before the instant litigation, provided the medical school a donation of common stock valued at $2.5 million. Click title to continue reading...