Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: April 21, 2014

IN THE NEWS


Diabetes' Deadly Impact on Minorities

You can inherit from your family a predisposition for diabetes, a disease that disproportionally affects racial and ethnic minorities. The Office of Minority Health (OMH) at the FDA is building relationships with the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and other groups to help Americans prevent and treat diabetes, and to address the disparity in how severely it affects minority groups in particular. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Blood Glucose Meters Giving Erroneously Low Results

FreeStyle and FreeStyle Flash Blood Glucose Meters including the FreeStyle Blood Glucose Meter built into the OmniPod Personal Diabetes Manager (PDM) have been recalled due to erroneously low blood glucose results. Click title to continue reading...



Wire Coating on Embolization Retrieval Devices Delaminates and Detaches

Certain lots of Covidien's Pipeline Embolization Device and Alligator Retrieval Device have been recalled. The polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) coating applied to the delivery wire could delaminate and detach from the devices. Covidien learned of this issue through internal product testing. Click title to continue reading...



Fifty-State Survey of Prescription Drug Overdose Laws

The United States is in the midst of an unprecedented epidemic of prescription drug overdose deaths. More than 38,000 people died of drug overdoses in 2010, and most of these deaths (22,134) were caused by overdoses involving prescription drugs. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


No Recovery for Fear of Future Infection Due to Reuse of Syringe

A woman underwent a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, a surgical procedure to remove the gallbladder. During the anesthetic induction, an assistant administered what she believed to be 4 milligrams of Zofran from a syringe that had a white label, handwritten on which was the letter “Z.” The medication had been drawn into the syringe by an anesthesiologist. White labels were typically used for Zofran. Click title to continue reading...



Infant Loses Fingertips Due to Failure to Remove Arterial Line

A woman, who had been receiving pre-natal care at another facility, was delivered to the hospital by ambulance and entered through the emergency room. She was admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), where she was treated by the doctor assigned to the NICU for that particular shift by the physician service the hospital contracted with to operate the NICU. The woman gave birth to a girl. Click title to continue reading...



Developmentally Disabled Man With Personal Care Assistant is “Patient” Under Insurance Policy Exclusion

A developmentally disabled man required a personal care assistant. While supervised by an assistant from an in-home care provider company he was blinded in his left eye by a BB gun given to him by the assistant. Click title to continue reading...