Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: July 28, 2014

IN THE NEWS


Nationwide Recall of Ibuprofen and Oxcarbazepine Tablets

American Health Packaging (AHP) recalled Lot #142588, Expiration Date, 01/2016 of Ibuprofen Tablets, USP, 600 mg, in a hospital unit dose presentation that may contain individual blistered doses labeled as Oxcarbazepine Tablets, 300 mg, lot #142544. In addition, AHP has recalled Oxcarbazepine Tablets, 300 mg, lot #142544, Expiration Date, 02/2016. These hospital unit dose products were distributed nationwide beginning June 20, 2014. Mislabeled inner unit dose blister packaging could result in patients receiving ibuprofen and missing their scheduled dose of Oxcarbazepine. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


FedEx Indicted for Illegally Distributing Prescription Drugs

The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California charged the FedEx Corporation with conspiring with two separate but related online pharmacy organizations to distribute controlled substances and prescription drugs to U.S. consumers without requiring the customers to have a valid prescription, as required by the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Click title to continue reading...



Listeria Contaminated Stone Fruit

Wawona Packing Company of Cutler, California, recalled certain lots of whole peaches (white and yellow), nectarines (white and yellow), plums, and pluots packed between June 1, 2014, through July 12, 2014, due to the potential of the products being contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Click title to continue reading...



Drowsy Driving May Result in 7,500 Fatal Crashes a Year

In a July 4, 2014 CDC Report, drowsy driving has been found a factor each year in as many as 7,500 fatal motor vehicle crashes (approximately 25%) in the United States. The CDC previously reported that, in 2009 to 2010, 4.2% of adult respondents in 19 states and the District of Columbia reported having fallen asleep while driving at least once during the previous 30 days. Adults who reported usually sleeping less than or equal to six hours per day, snoring, or unintentionally falling asleep during the day were more likely to report falling asleep while driving compared with adults who did not report these sleep patterns. However, limited information has been published on the association between drowsy driving and other risk behaviors that might contribute to crash injuries or fatalities. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Hospital Liability for Nonemployee Physicians’ Failure to Diagnose

A man awoke shivering uncontrollably and complaining of pain in his lower back. His wife called for an ambulance and requested that the man be taken to a hospital's emergency room. Upon arrival, the man came under the care of the emergency room medical director. After taking initial steps to stabilize him, believing he was experiencing a heart attack, the emergency room medical director immediately activated the hospital’s cardiac catheterization team. The emergency room medical director then contacted a cardiac interventionalist and a cardiologist and transferred the man to the catheterization lab for further treatment. Click title to continue reading...



Fetal Heart Tracing Not Official Medical Record Necessitating Preservation

A woman checked into to the hospital to give birth. In the delivery room, fetal monitoring indicated that the infant was experiencing sustained periods of bradycardia, a slow heart rate. As a result, an emergency page was issued. A certified nurse midwife arrived in the delivery room in response to the page. The woman gave birth to a boy. The infant suffered from severe, permanent neurological injuries, including spastic quadriplegia, blindness, and an inability to speak. Click title to continue reading...



Insurer Bound By Health Care Plan’s Pre-Certification Requirements

An insurer provided health care benefits to the employees of a corporation. The health plan was governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). One of the employees covered by the plan assigned her rights to benefits under the plan to a hospital where she underwent a stent placement. She spent two nights in the hospital. Click title to continue reading...