Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: September 22, 2014

IN THE NEWS


Nationwide Recall of Heparin Lot; Hair Contamination

Hospira, Inc., conducted a nationwide user-level recall of one lot of Heparin Sodium, 1,000 USP Heparin Units/500 mL (2 USP Heparin Units/mL), in 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, 500 mL, used to maintain catheter patency. This action is due to one confirmed customer report of particulate in a single unit. The foreign particle was confirmed by Hospira as human hair, sealed between the tube and the film at the round seal of the unused Administrative Port on the non-print side of the container. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


New Rapid Home-Use HIV Kit Approved for Self-Testing

The FDA approved the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test, a rapid home-use HIV test kit that does not require sending a sample to a laboratory for analysis. The kit provides a test result in 20-40 minutes, and consumers can test in their own homes. The kit, which tests a sample of fluid from the consumer’s mouth, is approved for sale in stores and online to anyone age 17 and older. Click title to continue reading...



Weight Loss Products Contain Harmful Controlled Substances

The FDA advised consumers not to purchase or use Mezo, LX1, or Best Line Suplemento Alimenticio, all products promoted and sold for weight loss on various websites and in some retail stores. Click title to continue reading...



Millions of Children Not Getting Recommended Preventive Care

Millions of infants, children, and adolescents in the United States did not receive key clinical preventive services, according to a report published by the CDC. Clinical preventive services are various forms of important medical or dental care that support healthy development. They are delivered by doctors, dentists, nurses and allied health providers in clinical settings. These services prevent and detect conditions and diseases in their earlier, more treatable stages, significantly reducing the risk of illness, disability, early death, and expensive medical care. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Motions to Compel Medical Records Disclosure Not Appealable After Non-Suit

A man arrived at a hospital's emergency room complaining of shortness of breath and chest pain. He died from cardiac arrest approximately four hours after arriving at the hospital. The personal representative of the decedent’s estate sued the hospital, hospitalist group, and emergency medicine group. The complaint alleged wrongful death and medical malpractice. Click title to continue reading...



Dropping Patient During Move from Gurney to X-ray Table Was Medical Negligence

A woman was admitted to the hospital due to complications related to her chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). She was scheduled to have x-rays. She was transported from her room to the radiology floor. Prior to the x-rays being taken, hospital employees moved the woman from the transport gurney and lifted her onto the x-ray table. The hospital employees accidentally dropped her onto the x-ray table fracturing her lumbar spine. Because of her age, medical condition, and other factors, the treatment options for the lumbar fracture were limited. Her condition deteriorated until she died. Click title to continue reading...



Denial of Eating Disorder Residential Treatment Not Arbitrary and Capricious

An employee welfare benefit plan governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) had specific Level of Care Guidelines for Residential Treatment Facilities for Children and Adolescents (“Level of Care Guidelines”). Click title to continue reading...