Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: June 02, 2014

IN THE NEWS


Total Parenteral Nutrition Calculation Software Recall; Overdose Possible

Baxter’s ABACUS Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) Calculation Software was subject to a Class I recall. The firm received two reports in which the device malfunctioned.  Due to software failures, the firm has identified the following potential issues when using ABACUS TPN calculation software. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump May Shut Down Without Alarm; Possible Death

Maquet’s Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps (IABPs) have been the subject of a Class I recall. The firm received 106 reports of device malfunctions including one death. The firm determined that the fan assembly for the affected IABPs could contain a misshapen retaining ring. This retaining ring could separate within the fan assembly, causing the fan to stop rotating. This could result in the power supply overheating and the IABP would shut down without any warning. Click title to continue reading...



Infant Nasal CPAP Prongs May Detach from Tubing; Choking Risk

Fisher and Paykel’s Infant Nasal Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) Prongs (10 Pack) and Bubble CPAP Starter Kits are subject to a Class I recall. Fisher and Paykel Healthcare received 24 reports in which the device has malfunctioned. The affected prongs detached from the nasal tubing during use, especially when mucous and/or moisture are present. When the affected prongs detach from the nasal tubing, therapy is likely to be interrupted. This may cause low blood oxygen (hypoxemia). The detached prongs may enter an infant’s mouth and present a potential risk of choking and airway obstruction. Click title to continue reading...



Online Restaurant Reviews Used to Identify Unreported Cases of Foodborne Illness

The Centers for Disease Control announced that online restaurant reviews might help to identify difficult to detect outbreaks of foodborne illness and restaurants with deficiencies in food handling. An analysis of nine months of New York City restaurant reviews on the business review website Yelp (http://www.yelp.com) discovered three previously unreported restaurant-related outbreaks linked to sixteen illnesses. Follow up inspections identified multiple violations at each of the outbreak restaurants. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Doctor Prescribed Addict Pain Relief Patch; Patient Ate Patch

A thirty-one-year-old woman went to a hospital's outpatient and behavioral health clinic complaining of back pain. She suffered from depression, anxiety, and drug and alcohol addiction. At the clinic, she told the doctor she had experienced insomnia, depression, fatigue, anxiety, shortness of breath, and weight gain. She also reported having passive suicidal ideation and cutting her wrists two weeks earlier. Click title to continue reading...



Hospital Could Be Found Liable for Private Physician’s Order to Prescribe Antibiotic

A man underwent knee surgery at a hospital. The surgery was performed by his private attending physician. Following surgery, the attending physician placed him on antibiotics upon suspicion of infection based on his observations of the knee during surgery. During his stay at the hospital, tests performed on him were negative for infection, and his antibiotic regimen was discontinued. However, upon discharging him from the hospital to a rehabilitation facility, the attending physician ordered hospital staff to give him a prescription for the antibiotic Levaquin, which he was to begin taking the following day. Click title to continue reading...



Dentist/Business Operator Unable to Practice; Totally Disabled Under Policies

A dentist owned and managed several dental practices and other businesses in addition to practicing dentistry. He performed dental procedures 35 to 40 hours a week. He also spent 15 to 25 hours per week managing his businesses, both dental and non-dental. He subsequently suffered a cervical spine disc herniation. The back injury left him unable to continue working as a dentist. Despite his inability to work as a dentist, he was able to perform duties related to acquiring, owning, and managing his various dental practices and businesses. Click title to continue reading...