Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: January 12, 2015

IN THE NEWS


Inflation Cuffs May Detach from Endotracheal Tubes; Recall

KimVent Microcuff Subglottic Suctioning Endotracheal Tubes, manufactured by Halyard Health of Roswell, GA, were recalled because the product could cause serious health risks, including delayed patient treatment, breathing difficulties, and death. An endotracheal tube is a plastic tube that is inserted into the windpipe (trachea) through the mouth or nose to open an airway for mechanical breathing. Also, an endotracheal tube can also be used to remove fluid that builds up in the windpipe during a procedure. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


New Emergency Responder Training Reducing Risks From Working Long Hours

A new free, web-based training, released by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), will help emergency responders and their managers better cope with the demands of emergency operations when deployed to a disaster site. Interim NIOSH Training for Emergency Responders: Reducing Risks Associated with Long Work Hours is designed for emergency workers who respond to epidemics such as Ebola, weather-related disasters, earthquakes and other catastrophic events. Click title to continue reading...



Viekira Pak Approved to Treat Hepatitis C

The FDA approved Viekira Pak (ombitasvir, paritaprevir, and ritonavir tablets co-packaged with dasabuvir tablets) to treat patients with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotype 1 infection, including those with a type of advanced liver disease called cirrhosis. Click title to continue reading...



Nationwide Recall of Virazole for Respiratory Virus; Microbial Contamination

Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC, of Bridgewater, NJ, recalled one lot of Virazole (ribavirin powder for solution), 100 mL, 6g Vial, 4-pack to the user level because it may be contaminated with microbes. Inhalation of a non-sterile product with microbial contamination into the airways could increase the risk of respiratory infection. The risk is higher in patients who are immunocompromised. Virazole is indicated for the treatment of hospitalized infants and young children with severe lower respiratory tract infections due to respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Insurer Had Basis to Deny Nonmedical Living Expenses

A man suffered a spinal-cord injury in a work-related accident that left him permanently paraplegic. His employer was insured for workers' compensation claims. The insurer paid the costs of the man's medical treatment and rehabilitation services. Click title to continue reading...



Lack of Medical Provider Consultations Not Ordinary Negligence

A woman presented at a hospital's renal dialysis unit with complaints of constipation, lower left quadrant abdominal pain, and difficulty related to her home dialysis treatment of her end-stage diabetic renal disease. Following laboratory tests and various imaging studies, the woman was admitted to the emergency department with a diagnosis of bacterial peritonitis related to her status as a peritoneal dialysis patient. The following day, she was evaluated as stable but her condition quickly worsened, she became abruptly hypotensive and unresponsive, and died shortly thereafter. The immediate cause of death was cardiac arrest. Postmortem examination revealed that at the time of her death the woman suffered from a ruptured acute appendicitis, pelvic abscesses, and diffuse mild acute peritonitis. Click title to continue reading...



Not Disabled Finding Reversed After ALJ Discredited Claimant’s Credibility

A woman suffered pain and headaches resulting from various neck and back conditions, including a tumor near her cervical spine, disc herniation, degenerative disc conditions, and a broad-based disc bulge. The medical providers tracked the woman’s degenerative disc changes for about nineteen years, when she underwent back surgery following a seizure. The woman had suffered from mild tingling in her left hand. After surgery, she experienced great difficulty gripping and grasping items with her left hand. She applied for social security disability benefits as she could not perform her work as a receptionist and a manicurist. Click title to continue reading...