Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: June 09, 2014

IN THE NEWS


Liquid Bicarbonate Concentrate Contaminated with Bacteria

Fresenius Medical Care’s NaturaLyte Liquid Bicarbonate Concentrate, 6.4 Liter Bottle was subject to a Class I recall. The product may develop higher than expected bacteria levels during its shelf life. Lab testing identified the bacteria as Halomonas (species 1, 2, 3), a gram negative bacteria typically found in water with high salt concentration. The FDA received one report of death and two reports of injury that may be related to use of this product. Use of the recalled product may cause serious adverse health consequences, including sepsis, bacteremia, and death. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Indoor Tanning Raises Risk of Melanoma: FDA Strengthens Warnings

The FDA issued a final order reclassifying sunlamp products and ultraviolet (UV) lamps intended for use in sunlamp products from low-risk (class I) to moderate-risk (class II) devices. The order also requires that sunlamp products carry a visible black-box warning on the device that explicitly states that the sunlamp product should not be used on persons under the age of 18 years. In addition, certain marketing materials for sunlamp products and UV lamps must include additional and specific warning statements and contraindications. Click title to continue reading...



Nationwide Recall of Supplements; Undisclosed Active Pharmaceuticals

All lots of African Black Ant, Black Ant, and Mojo Risen Dietary Supplements are subject to a nationwide recall. These dietary supplements manufactured by Eugene Oregon, Inc. of Levittown, Pennsylvania, may contain undisclosed active pharmaceutical ingredients. Click title to continue reading...



US Measles Cases Reach 20-Year High; Largest Outbreak Since Elimination in 2000

Two hundred and eighty-eight cases of measles were reported to the CDC in the United States between Jan. 1 and May 23, 2014. This is the largest number of measles cases in the United States reported in the first five months of a year since 1994. Nearly all of the measles cases this year have been associated with international travel by unvaccinated people. Maintenance of high vaccination coverage, ensuring timely vaccination before travel, and early detection and isolation of cases, are key factors to limit importations and the spread of disease. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Suit Filed 28 Months After Failure to Biopsy Not Barred By 2-Year Limitations

During a woman’s annual physical her family physician for approximately ten years conducted a routine pap smear, the results of which indicated abnormalities. A second pap smear was conducted two months later, which also detected abnormalities. The pathologist reviewing the second pap smear submitted a report to the family physician recommending an endocervical and endometrial biopsy if clinically indicated. A month after the second pap smear, the family physician performed an endometrial biopsy, but not an endocervical biopsy. Click title to continue reading...



Nevada’s Limitations Begins to Run When Plaintiff Suffers Appreciable Harm; MRSA

An orthopedic surgeon performed emergency surgery on a woman's left knee. During a follow-up appointment twenty days later, the woman complained of pain in her knee that had started one week earlier. The orthopedic surgeon aspirated the knee, and then hospitalized the woman and placed her on additional antibiotics. The aspirated cultures from the woman's knee were sent for testing and tested positive for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureas (MRSA). Click title to continue reading...



Accessible Transporter’s Vehicle Insurance Covered Moving Passenger Into House

A woman who had been hospitalized and her treating physician determined that the woman was nearing the end of her life. The treating physician recommended to the woman’s niece that she arrange for palliative care for her aunt. The niece contracted for hospice care for her aunt at the aunt's home. Hospice arranged for a company providing handicapped accessible van transportation services to transport the aunt from the hospital to her home. A company handicapped accessible van, driven by a company driver, drove to the hospital as scheduled. The aunt, who was seated in a Geri-chair, was loaded into the van and the company driver transported her safely to her residence, where her niece was waiting. Click title to continue reading...