Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: October 27, 2014

IN THE NEWS


Electrode Incompatibility May Prevent Defibrillator Use; Deadly Cardiac Risk

Covidien issued a voluntary Field Safety Alert for certain Medi-Trace Cadence and Kendall Multi-function Defibrillation Electrodes due to a connector compatibility issue with Philips FR3 and FRx AED Defibrillators. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Nationwide IV Bag Recall; Improper Dosing or Contamination from Punctures

Several products in Hospira’s LifeCare line of flexible intravenous solutions were recalled due to the potential for leakage. The issue was identified during re-inspection of a manufactured product lot in which a single puncture mark was identified going through the overwrap and primary container. Click title to continue reading...



Salmonella Tainted Shark Joint Mobility Pill Recalled

AMS Health Sciences, LLC, of Oklahoma City, recalled 2014 bottles of Saba Shark Cartilage Complex due to possible Salmonella contamination. A single lot of Saba Shark Cartilage Complex is the subject of the recall as a result of a sample from one bottle that tested positive for Salmonella. This product is packaged in black screw-top bottles with the brand name “saba” in red letters, the product name “shark cartilage complex” in white letters, and a net quantity statement of “500 mg 60 capsules” in small white letters. Click title to continue reading...



School Immunization Data Helps Identify Areas at Risk for Outbreaks

State and local vaccination requirements for school entry are implemented to maintain high vaccination coverage and protect schoolchildren from vaccine-preventable diseases. Each year, to assess state and national vaccination coverage and exemption levels among kindergartners, the CDC analyzes school vaccination data collected by federally funded state, local, and territorial immunization programs. This report describes vaccination coverage in 49 states and the District of Columbia (DC) and vaccination exemption rates in 46 states and DC for children enrolled in kindergarten during the 2013–2014 school year. Although state vaccination coverage is high and exemptions are low, under-vaccination and exemptions cluster at a local level, where vaccine-preventable diseases might be easily transmitted. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Sixth Circuit Affirms Verdict in First MDL Trial of Gadolinium-Based Contrast Injury

A man with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) underwent an MRI. In connection with the procedure he received a dose of a Gadolinium-based contrast agent (GBCA). After taking the GBCA, the man developed nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) (a disease of fibrosis of the skin and internal organs). Click title to continue reading...



Redacted and Unsigned Affidavit of Plaintiff’s Medical Expert Properly Rejected

A woman presented to the emergency room. She was treated by two first-year medical residents and a nurse. She was physically examined, diagnosed, and discharged from care. Click title to continue reading...



Insurance Guarantor Not Liable for Default Judgment Against Insolvent Insurer

A physician provided obstetrical and perinatal services to a woman during and following the delivery of her son. The family filed a medical malpractice action against the physician and his practice group. The complaint alleged that the physician negligently failed to diagnose a placental abruption, which resulted in brain damage to their son. The family alleged that the practice group was vicariously liable for the physician's negligence, but did not plead claims of direct negligence against the practice group. Click title to continue reading...