Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: October 20, 2014

IN THE NEWS


Deadly Ventilator Power Failure

The CareFusion 203, EnVe, and ReVel ventilators were recalled because of the potential for damage to their power cord adaptors that can cause loss of power and complete shut off. The ventilators were manufactured from May 2009 to August 2014. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


IV Flow Controller That Delivers Higher Flow Rate Than Intended Recalled; Death Risk

ICU Medical’s ConMed Stat2 Flow Controller was recalled because it was assembled with the wrong internal component. As a result, the flow controller may deliver fluid at a much higher flow rate than what is set. The use of the affected product may cause serious adverse health consequences, including death. Click title to continue reading...



Pediatric Anesthesia Breathing Circuit May Crack Halting Mechanical Ventilation

The Hudson RCI Pediatric Anesthesia Breathing Circuit was recalled because the ends of the devices may crack or break before or during use. This could cause serious health risks, including delayed patient treatment and breathing difficulties if not replaced immediately. Use of this device may also cause death. Click title to continue reading...



Motor Vehicle Crash Injuries Are Frequent, Costly, Preventable

More than 2.5 million people went to the emergency department (ED) – and nearly 200,000 of them were hospitalized – because of motor vehicle crash injuries in 2012, according to the latest report by the CDC. For every person killed in a motor vehicle crash, eight people were hospitalized and 100 people were treated and released from the ED. Americans spend more than one million days in the hospital each year from crash injuries. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


One Surgeon’s Expert Affidavit Sufficient to Establish Second Surgeon Met Care Standard

A man underwent total left knee replacement surgery. The surgery was performed by two orthopedic surgeons. After the surgery the man experienced stiffness and a decrease in flexion. The man underwent physical therapy and a manipulation under anesthesia. His condition failed to improve. A year and eight months after the total left knee replacement surgery, he had to undergo revision surgery. Click title to continue reading...



Professional Judgment Jury Instruction Applies to Physicians and Nurses

A woman shoveled snow over a number of days, then developed pain in her neck and a headache. The woman presented to a hospital’s emergency room complaining of headache, nausea, dizziness, and neck pain. A nurse was the first healthcare provider to see her in the ER. The woman’s vital signs included high blood pressure and low blood oxygen saturation. A specialist in emergency medicine evaluated the woman, diagnosed a cervical sprain, and ordered her discharged. The doctor did not order an MRI, a CAT scan, or any other tests. Another nurse processed the discharge, although the woman’s blood pressure remained elevated. Click title to continue reading...



Diabetes Diagnosis Enough to Lose Commercial License, Not Enough to Get LTD Benefits

A man worked as an over-the-road truck driver, meaning he was hired to drive long distances from the place of pickup to the place of delivery. His employer provided an employee benefit plan which was governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Click title to continue reading...