Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: November 24, 2014

IN THE NEWS


Probiotic Contains Fungus; Life-Threatening Infection Risk

Solgar, Inc., of Leonia, NJ, recalled ABC Dophilus Powder because this probiotic was found to contain Rhizopus oryzae, which may cause Mucormycosis. Mucormycosis is a rare fungal infection that may cause life-threatening health problems to consumers, particularly premature infants, infants, children, and those with weakened immune systems. However, it may also occur in people who are otherwise healthy.


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Mold In Infant Pillows Even After Process Change; Worldwide Recall

Children’s Medical Ventures, a Philips Healthcare business based in Andover, Massachusetts, recalled all Gel-E Donut gel pillow and Squishon 2 gel cushion products due to potential mold contamination of the products. The recalled model numbers are 92025-A, 92025-B, 92025-C, and 91033-2.  These were manufactured and distributed between July 2012 and August 2014. The model number is printed directly on the product.  There were 336,695 units involved. Click title to continue reading...



Unlabeled Nuts in Taco Products; Nationwide Recall

Ortega Taco Seasoning Mix, Ortega Taco Sauce, Ortega Enchilada Sauce and Ortega Taco Kit products and certain Las Palmas Taco Seasoning Mix and Las Palmas Taco Sauce products were recalled after the manufacturer, B&G Foods, learned that one or more of the spice ingredients purchased from a third party supplier contain peanuts and almonds, allergens that are not declared on the products’ ingredient statements. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts and almonds run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. Click title to continue reading...



Treatment Costs of Skin Cancer Increase 126%; Higher Than All Other Cancers

The costs associated with skin cancer increased five times as fast as treatments for other cancers between 2002 and 2011, according to a CDC study published online in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Skin cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer in the United States, is a major and growing public health problem. The number of skin cancer cases has been increasing, but little was known prior to this study about the costs of treating skin cancer. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Obstetrics Anesthesia, Embolus Evidence, Witness Tampering, Harmless Error Test

A 38-year-old woman became pregnant and five weeks before her due date she underwent a cesarean delivery. She was wheeled into the operating room where an anesthesiologist administered spinal anesthesia. A moment after the placenta was removed, the woman became unresponsive, her blood pressure fell precipitously, and she went into cardiac cardiopulmonary arrest. The anesthesiologist and hospital staff attempted to revive her. She was temporarily resuscitated and transferred to the intensive care unit, where another cardiopulmonary arrest occurred. She died five hours after the delivery. Click title to continue reading...



Wyoming Malpractice Limitations Unconstitutional As Applied To Minors

A 12-year-old girl admitted to a hospital for appendicitis and a doctor performed an appendectomy. The girl was discharged the following day, but complications developed requiring additional surgery and medical treatment. Over two weeks after she was admitted to the hospital, the girl was transferred to another hospital. Click title to continue reading...



Denial of Coverage for Treatment of Autism Disorders Appealable

A six-year-old boy diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, received applied behavior analysis (ABA), a type of autism related service, in his home. ABA was covered by his family’s insurance policy. His family requested that the insurer cover similar ABA services to be provided at his elementary school. The insurer denied the request, pointing to a place of service exclusion in the policy, which specified that no services would be covered if the care was provided a certain types of locations, including schools. The family exhausted its internal appeals. The dispute was then submitted to an independent external review agency appointed by the Pennsylvania Department of in Insurance. The independent external review agency upheld the denial based on the policies place of service exclusion. Click title to continue reading...