Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: August 04, 2014

IN THE NEWS


Faulty Carbon Dioxide Detectors; Potential for Death

GE Healthcare recalled Single-Width Airway Modules (E-MiniC) and Accessories and Extension Modules (N-FC, N-FCREC), manufactured between February 10, 2012 through October 2, 2012 and distributed through April 2014 because the carbon dioxide detectors may fail. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


FDA Approves Oxycodone with Abuse Deterrents

The FDA recently approved Targiniq ER (oxycodone hydrochloride and naloxone hydrochloride extended-release tablets), an extended-release/long-acting (ER/LA) opioid analgesic to treat pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment and for which alternative treatment options are inadequate. Targiniq ER is the second ER/LA opioid analgesic with FDA-approved labeling describing the product’s abuse-deterrent properties consistent with the FDA’s 2013 draft guidance for industry, Abuse-Deterrent Opioids – Evaluation and Labeling. Click title to continue reading...



Whole Foods and Wegmans Recall Items with Stone Fruit; Possible Listeria

Whole Foods Market of Austin, Texas, and Wegmans Food Market, Inc., of Rochester, NY, have recalled made-in-store items prepared with organic and conventional stone fruit, including peaches, nectarines, and plums from Wawona Packing Co. because of possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. Click title to continue reading...



HPV Vaccine Underutilized; Physicians Should Recommend

CDC officials announced that the number of girls and boys aged 13-17 years receiving human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine remains unacceptably low despite a slight increase in vaccination coverage since 2012, according to data from the CDC′s 2013 National Immunization Survey-Teen (NIS-Teen). Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


NOI to File Suit with Expert Affidavit Tolled Malpractice Limitations

A woman was admitted to the hospital to undergo reconstructive breast surgery. Following the surgery, the woman experienced complications over a period of three months that required additional medical procedures. Click title to continue reading...



Use of NG Tube to Alleviate Colonic Distention after Surgery; Religious Juror

A man underwent a successful cervical laminectomy (spinal surgery) performed by a neurosurgeon. Postoperatively, an internist evaluated the man for pulmonary and blood pressure concerns at the neurosurgeon’s request. The man developed gastrointestinal issues and the internist ordered a kidney, ureter, and bladder x-ray to assist in the evaluation of his abdominal distress. The internist remained involved in the man's care for a number of days during which, among other things, the internist monitored the man’s constipation and resulting colonic distention, which sometimes occurs in varying degrees as a complication following surgery under general anesthesia. Click title to continue reading...



Staffing Agency RN Was Hospital’s Employee For Liability Insurance

A hospital’s captive insurer, a corporation organized for the purpose of insuring the liabilities of its owner, issued an insurance policy providing coverage for claims arising out of medical incidents. The captive insurance policy insured all past, present, or future full-time or part-time employees of the hospital. The captive policy also included an “other insurance” clause—i.e., a clause apportioning liability in the event multiple insurance policies covered the same risk. The clause stated that the insurance afforded by the policy was primary insurance except when otherwise specified. Click title to continue reading...