Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: September 08, 2014

IN THE NEWS


Kraft Cheese Recall; Supplier Used Non-Standard Storage Temperatures

Kraft Foods Group is voluntarily recalling 7,691 cases of select varieties of regular Kraft American Singles Pasteurized Prepared Cheese Product. A supplier did not store an ingredient used in this product in accordance with Kraft’s temperature standards. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Surgical Device to Lengthen Jaw May Reverse Direction; Possible Airway Obstruction

The DePuy Synthes Craniomaxillofacial (CMF) Distraction System is an implant used to lengthen and/or stabilize the lower jawbone (mandibular body) and the side of the lower jaw (ramus). This device is used in pediatric and adult patients to correct congenital or post-traumatic defects of the jaw by gradually lengthening the bone in a process known as distraction. Click title to continue reading...



Convenience Surgical Packs Recall; May Lose Sterility Leading to Infection

Customed, Inc., recalled sterile convenience surgical packs. The products have been found to have a potential defect due to adhesion. The defect could result in loss of product sterility and lead to infection. Click title to continue reading...



Vaccination Rates Vary Widely by State and by Economic Status

The vast majority of parents are making sure that their children get vaccinated against potentially serious diseases, according to data from the CDC’s 2013 National Immunization Survey (NIS) – Children (19-35 months) published in late August in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). While vaccination coverage increased or remained stable for all routinely recommended childhood vaccines in 2013, coverage varied by state, and low coverage levels can leave states and communities vulnerable to outbreaks of potentially serious vaccine preventable diseases. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


OB/GYN Testimony Allowable on Cause of Stillbirth

A woman received prenatal treatment from an OB/GYN and his practice group. When the fetus had a gestational age of approximately thirty-eight weeks, the woman went in for a weekly visit and was seen by an advanced practice registered nurse. The nurse detected a fetal heart rate and fetal movement. The woman also underwent an ultrasound examination to take measurements of the size and weight of the fetus. The nurse reviewed the ultrasound and noted that the fetus was abnormally large for his gestational age. Because of the size of the fetus and test results showing that the woman had elevated blood sugar levels, the nurse was concerned that the woman might have uncontrolled high blood sugar levels as a result of gestational diabetes. Click title to continue reading...



Attorney Fee Cap Does Not Reduce Patient Compensation Fund Liability

A nursing home resident died and her daughter, as personal representative of her mother's estate, commenced an adult wrongful death medical malpractice action against the nursing home. The action alleged negligent care by the nursing home, a qualified health care provider under Indiana's Medical Malpractice Act (MMA). The estate settled its claim against the nursing home for $250,000, the maximum liability of the health care provider under the MMA. Click title to continue reading...



No Insurance Coverage for Pathologist on Exonerated Criminal Defendant Claims

A forensic pathologist testified as a state’s witness in criminal trials. Exonerated criminal defendants against whom the pathologist had testified sued the pathologist for malicious prosecution, fraud, and negligent misrepresentation. The pathologist sought coverage under a medical malpractice insurance policy he had purchased from the insurer. The insurer declined to provide coverage, arguing that the exonerated criminal defendants were not “patients” under the pathologist's medical malpractice insurance policy, and that the company therefore was under no obligation to cover the pathologist in relation to the suit brought by the exonerated criminal defendants. Click title to continue reading...