Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: December 15, 2014

IN THE NEWS


Recall of Lab Tests Producing Inaccurate Results; Ineffective Patient Treatment

Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics recalled two laboratory tests used to identify certain gram negative bacteria (Enterobacteriaceae, Acinetobacter species and Pseudomonas aeruginosa) and measure how these bacteria respond to antibiotics such as Aztreonam, Cefotaxime, Ceftazidime, and Ceftriaxone. The tests were recalled because they may produce inaccurate results. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Potentially Severe Flu Season in 2014-2015

Early data suggests that the current 2014-2015 flu season could be severe. The CDC urges immediate vaccination for anyone still unvaccinated this season and recommends prompt treatment with antiviral drugs for people at high risk of complications who develop flu. Click title to continue reading...



Safeway Frozen Enchiladas Nationwide Recall; Possible Salmonella Contamination

Overhill Farms, Inc. of Vernon, California, recalled the frozen food product “Open Nature Chile Cheese Enchiladas” due to potential Salmonella contamination. The supplier for the organic cilantro contained in such product notified Overhill Farms that the organic cilantro may have Salmonella contamination based on routine testing conducted. The product is sold nationwide at all Safeway-owned stores, including Safeway, Carrs, Genuardi’s, Pak ‘N Save, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb and Vons. Click title to continue reading...



FDA Updates Report on Infusion Pumps; Pump Failures

An infusion pump is a medical device that delivers fluids, such as nutrients and medications, into a patient’s body in controlled amounts. Infusion pumps are in widespread use in clinical settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, and in the home. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


OB/GYN “Similar Health Care Provider” to Midwife for Expert Certification

A woman filed a medical malpractice action against the medical facility and its owner and operator based on alleged negligence on the part of its employees or during the delivery of her child, and, subsequently, at postpartum office visits. Specifically, the complaint alleged that two of the facility’s certified nurse-midwives (CNMs), a registered nurse, and a midwife in training negligently failed to diagnose and to treat a fourth degree tear of her vaginal tissue, perineal skin, and anal sphincter at the time of delivery and during postpartum checkups. Click title to continue reading...



Lack of Discovery Specificity on Death Causation Did Not Preclude Expert Testimony

A man arrived at a hospital’s emergency room complaining of respiratory difficulty. Just over 11 hours later, he was admitted to the hospital with a suspected diagnosis of pneumonia. About 16 hours after he arrived at the emergency room, the man died. Click title to continue reading...



Rejection of Disability for Depression and Disease Was Abuse by Claim Administrator

A woman worked as an online customer service representative at a bank. Her doctor discovered she had an enlarged thyroid and a large mass extending into her chest causing her to suffer chest pain and tracheal compression. While she was awaiting surgery, her husband died unexpectedly. This triggered a recurrence of depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to the death of her mother and her children in a house fire a few years earlier. Her primary care physician doubled her dosage of antidepressants and referred her to a psychologist for additional treatment. She then underwent a bronchoscopy and a thyroidectomy. Click title to continue reading...