Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: July 21, 2014

IN THE NEWS


Nationwide Recall of Tattoo Ink, Needles, Kits; Microbial Contamination

White & Blue Lion, Inc., recalled all lots of tattoo inks and tattoo needles due to pathogenic bacterial contamination. Use of these products may cause bacterial infection and can lead to sepsis, a potentially life-threatening complication of an infection. The recall includes all tattoo inks, tattoo needles, and tattoo kits distributed by White & Blue Lion. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Manual Resuscitator Valve May Stick Preventing Air To Patient

Ventlab Manual Resuscitators have been recalled due to a faulty valve. The duckbill valve inside the resuscitator may stick and prevent air from getting through the valve and to the patient. If a patient does not receive oxygen or treatment is delayed, life-threatening health consequences including inadequate oxygen supply to the tissues (hypoxia) and too shallow or too slow breathing (hypoventilation) as well as death may occur. Click title to continue reading...



Contaminated Drugs; Nationwide Recall; Company Refusese To Stop Production

The FDA alerted health care professionals, including hospital supply managers and hospital staff, not to use drugs marketed as sterile produced by Unique Pharmaceuticals Ltd., a company located in Temple, Texas, as they may be contaminated. Administration of a non-sterile drug product intended to be sterile may result in serious and potentially life-threatening infections or death. Click title to continue reading...



Fifty-State Survey of Laws Related to Radioactive Material Contamination Response

The CDC’s Public Health Law Program published an examination of legal language authorizing responses to incidents involving contamination with radioactive material. The report assessed state and local laws that authorize restriction of movement and decontamination of people during a radiological event. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Neurosurgeon’s Subsequent Negligence Does Not Absolve Initial Treating Neurologist

A man met with a neurologist because he suffered from back pain, leg pain, unsteadiness on his feet, cramps in his hands and feet, numbness in his hands, and tingling in his feet. The physical examination revealed weakness in the man's finger extensors. The neurologist concluded that because he displayed normal reflexes, the numbness and tingling in his hands was caused by peripheral neuropathy due to diabetes. However, he did not perform a test to confirm diabetic neuropathy. Click title to continue reading...



Expert Affidavit With Expert’s Name Redacted Incompetent Evidence

A man was diagnosed with Hirschsprung's disease, a condition that affects the nerve cells embedded in the wall of the rectum and which can cause severe constipation. After two unsuccessful medical procedures, he underwent an open proctosigmoidectomy—the goal of which was to remove the diseased portion of his rectum—performed by a physician at a medical facility. Click title to continue reading...



Lab Testing Contractor Not Covered By Health Center’s General Liability or Excess Policy

A university and a clinical laboratory testing contractor entered into an agreement under which the clinical laboratory testing contractor, as an independent contractor, would be responsible for performing certain clinical laboratory testing for students and employees at the university’s health center. The agreement set forth standards for the performance of certain tests, and required both parties to procure four types of insurance coverage: workers' compensation insurance, general liability insurance, “All   additional insured. Both were also required to obtain professional liability coverage, but there was no obligation to name the other party as an additional insured. Click title to continue reading...