Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: May 19, 2014

IN THE NEWS


Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Dramatically Increases In US Youth

 New data from the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, indicates a dramatic increase in the prevalence of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes in US children under twenty years old. The greatest prevalence increase of Type 2 diabetes was observed in Hispanic youth from ten to nineteen years old. The greatest prevalence increase of Type 1 diabetes was observed in children aged 15 through 19 years. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump Fan Assembly Failures

Datascope Corp/MAQUET initiated a voluntary worldwide field correction of certain Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps (IABPs) sold under the Datascope Corp. System 98/98XT,CS100/CS100i and CS300 IABP brand names for a potential mechanical failure of the fan assembly associated with the power supply. There were approximately 12,360 affected units sold globally. Click title to continue reading...



Adverse Events From Inferior Vena Cava Filters; Removing Filters

The FDA has received reports of adverse events and product problems associated with inferior vena cava (IVC) filters. Types of reports include device migration, filter fracture, embolization (movement of the entire filter or fracture fragments to the heart or lungs), perforation of the IVC, and difficulty removing the device. Some of these events led to adverse clinical outcomes. Click title to continue reading...



Inactivity Related to Chronic Disease in Adults with Disabilities

More than 21 million US adults 18 to 64 years of age have a disability. These are adults with serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs; hearing; seeing; or concentrating, remembering, or making decisions. Most adults with disabilities are able to participate in physical activity, yet nearly half of them get no aerobic physical activity. Working age adults with disabilities who do not get any aerobic physical activity are 50 percent more likely than their active peers to have a chronic disease such as cancer, diabetes, stroke, or heart disease, according to a Vital Signs report released recently by the CDC. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Retractor Damages Femoral Nerve; Jury Instruction on Remote Cause

A board-certified colorectal surgeon and a fifth-year surgical resident performed abdominal surgery on a woman. During this procedure, the surgeons used a device called a Bookwalter retractor, a flat metal ring that was positioned above the incision and had retractors attached to the ring that held the abdominal wall away from the surgery site. The retractor allowed the surgeons to see and operate on the surgical area. The Bookwalter retractor was used routinely in abdominal surgery, but its use carried known risks. Click title to continue reading...



Pathology Reports Forwarded to Gastroenterologist Satisfied Duty to Communicate

A physician performed multiple colonoscopies on a woman. Eventually, the woman was diagnosed with cancer and died. Her estate sued the physician for failure to diagnose the woman’s cancer. The New York County Supreme Court denied the physician’s motion to dismiss. Click title to continue reading...



Wording of “Other Insurance” Provision Determines Which Policy is Excess

 An insurer issued professional liability insurance to a nurse working at a medical center. The medical center had general liability insurance for itself and its staff from another insurer. The nurse was sued for medical malpractice in state court. The nurse’s insurer was informed of the case against the nurse, but opted not to participate in pretrial negotiations. Click title to continue reading...