Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: February 23, 2015

IN THE NEWS


Global Recall of Mislabeled Blood Clot Treatment System

The Trellis 6 and Trellis 8 Peripheral Infusion systems are used to treat blood clots that may form in the veins or arteries of the arms, hands, legs, or feet. The systems have two balloons that are inflated to isolate a clot. Medication is released between the balloons to reduce the size of or dissolve the clot so it can be removed. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Recall of Injectable Pain Medicine; Particulates in Glass Vials

Ketorolac tromethamine injection, USP, has been recalled in the United States and Singapore due to potential particulates. The presence of particulates has been confirmed through a customer report of visible, floating particulates identified in glass flip-top vials. The particulate was identified as calcium-ketorolac crystals. Click title to continue reading...



Whole Foods Recalls Items Prepared With Ground Cumin Due To Unlisted Peanuts

Whole Foods Market of Austin, Texas, recalled items prepared with a supplier’s ground cumin spice ingredient that may have contained unlisted peanuts. People with an allergy or severe sensitivity to peanuts run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products. Whole Foods Market was notified by a spice supplier that it was recalling its ground cumin spice due to a positive test for peanut allergens. Click title to continue reading...



Silicosis Continues To Be Deadly Health Hazard; New Risks

Silicosis is a preventable occupational lung disease caused by the inhalation of respirable (breathable) crystalline silica dust. Silicosis can progress to respiratory failure and death. No effective specific treatment for silicosis is available; patients are provided supportive care, and some patients may be considered for lung transplantation. Chronic silicosis can develop or progress even after occupational exposure has ceased. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Denial of Physician Pretrial Motion Amendment Not Error; Failure to Diagnose Cancer

A man presented to a hospital complaining of neck pain. Tests showed he probably had throat cancer. It was treatable but required immediate attention. The test results were never communicated to the man. The man was sent home with a prescription for antibiotics. A year later he learned of the test results. The cancer had progressed and the man died. Click title to continue reading...



Vicarious Liability for OBs Under Birth–Related Neurological Injury Act

A boy suffered a serious brain injury caused by oxygen deprivation during the course of labor and delivery. Two of the doctors who provided obstetrical services to the boy’s mother during the birth were employees of a medical school. Click title to continue reading...



Montana Medicaid Not Required to Pay for Gastric Bypass for Obese

A 51–year–old woman, who was approximately five feet three inches tall, and weighed 445 pounds, had a body mass index was over 60, and she was considered morbidly obese. She qualified for the Montana Medicaid program as categorically needy because she was legally blind. She suffered from a host of medical ailments including hypertension; diabetes mellitus type 2; edema/venous insufficiency; advancing osteoarthritis of the shoulders, hips, and knees; arthritis of the spine and a disc bulge pressing on her spinal cord; atypical chest pain; hypoventilation syndrome/asthma; obstructive sleep apnea; hypothyroidism; and significant restless leg syndrome. Click title to continue reading...