Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: September 29, 2014

IN THE NEWS


Nationwide M&M’s Recall; Unlabeled Peanut Butter; Possible Allergic Reaction

Mars Chocolate North America recalled its M&M’s Brand Theater Box 3.40 oz., UPC #40000294764. This theater box item may contain product that contains peanut butter without listing this on the ingredient label on the outside of the cardboard box. The inside package is correctly labelled with ingredients and allergy information. The issue was identified after a consumer notified the manufacturer that an M&M’s Brand Peanut Butter package contained peanut butter M&M’s inside an M&M’s Brand Milk Chocolate Theater Box. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Intravenous Antibacterial Drug Mislabeled as Injectable Potassium Chloride

Baxter International Inc. recalled one lot of Potassium Chloride Injection 10mEq per 100mL, product code 2B0826 to the hospital/pharmacy/nurse level due to a labeling error on the shipping cartons in a single lot, which was identified by three customers. Click title to continue reading...



Uneviscerated Processed Fish Snack May Contain Botulism

S&S Food Import recalled all packages of Uneviscerated Dried Roach (Vobla) (Vobla is a common Russian meal or snack). The Uneviscerated Dried Roach (Vobla) was sampled by New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets food inspectors during a routine sanitary inspection. Subsequent analysis of the product by New York State food laboratory personnel confirmed that the fish had not been properly eviscerated prior to processing. This product may be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum spores with can cause botulism, a serious and potentially fatal food-borne illness. Click title to continue reading...



Failure to Vaccinate Health Care Personnel Against Influenza

The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that all health care personnel (HCP) be vaccinated annually against influenza. Vaccination of HCP can reduce influenza-related morbidity and mortality among both HCP and their patients. To estimate influenza vaccination coverage among HCP during the 2013–2014 season, the CDC analyzed results of an opt-in Internet panel survey of 1,882 HCP conducted during April 1–16, 2014. Overall, 75.2% of participating HCP reported receiving an influenza vaccination during the 2013–2014 season, similar to the 72.0% coverage among participating HCP reported in the 2012–2013 season. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Unidentified Local Specialist Can Familiarize Expert on Community Care Standard

A man sought treatment for atrial fibrillation from a board-certified cardiologist. The cardiologist prescribed 200 mg tabs of amiodarone, a heart rhythm medication, and instructed him to take two tablets twice daily for one week and then to reduce the dose to one tablet twice daily. The cardiologist wrote a prescription for sixty, 200 mg tabs, with refills lasting one year. Click title to continue reading...



Failing to Communicate Cancer Diagnosis, Not Medical Negligence

A man presented to a hospital’s emergency room with symptoms that included abdominal pain. He was examined by an emergency department physician and a surgeon. A radiologist, a contract employee, performed an abdominal scan and interpreted the results. The radiologist's initial conclusion was that the man had a diverticular abscess, and although the radiologist discussed this diagnosis in person with the surgeon, it was unclear whether he and the surgeon discussed the possibility of a neoplasm (cancer). Click title to continue reading...



Hospital Could Not Seek Tortfeasor Insurance; Billing Rights Not Preserved for Lien

Drivers, insured by two automobile liability insurers, injured people in various car accidents. A hospital provided emergency room services to the injured people. All of these patients were covered by health insurance from the same health insurer. After these patients were discharged from the emergency room, the hospital learned each was injured by the negligence of a driver insured by one of two automobile liability insurers. Click title to continue reading...