Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: March 09, 2015

IN THE NEWS


Modified MRIs May Delay Magnetic Field Shut Off; Serious Injury Risk

Some GE Healthcare MRI units, with superconducting magnets, may have been modified by service personnel or by equipment users to disable the Magnet Rundown Unit (MRU). The use of such modified MRI units may cause serious adverse health consequences, including death. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Leaking Tubes on Tracheal Humidifier; Risk of Oxygen Deprivation to Patient

The MAQUET Servo Humidifier 163, distributed by Teleflex Medical of Durham, NC, is a heat and moisture condenser that is placed over a surgically-created opening in the throat (tracheotomy) or a tube inserted into the trachea to warm and moisten gases breathed in by a patient. The primary users of this device are nurses and respiratory therapists. Click title to continue reading...



Static Disrupts Bypass Implant; Death Risk from Everyday Activities

The HeartWare VAS, distributed by HeartWare of Miami Lakes, FL, has been recalled. A buildup of static may cause a sudden discharge of electricity (electrostatic discharge) in the device. When this happens, data in the motor controller that manages the pump’s operation may be corrupted and the device may stop working. If the pump stops working, it can lead to serious adverse health consequences, including death. Click title to continue reading...



Hypertension Treatment Would Save Millions, Avert Heart Attacks

In just 10 years, 10 million heart attacks and strokes could be averted worldwide by treating just half the people with uncontrolled hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, suggests the CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H., and colleagues in a Lancet commentary published February 26, 2015. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Discovery Sanction Precludes Plaintiff’s Expert; Res Ipsa Loquitor Did Not Apply

A man was involved in a car accident and an ambulance transported him to a hospital where he was admitted to its trauma unit. The man was discharged from the hospital. A few weeks later he was readmitted to the hospital and diagnosed with a fractured pelvis. Click title to continue reading...



Product Claim Fails; Contact Lenses Not In Manufacturer’s Recall

A week after a man started using a particular type of contact lenses, he experienced sharp pain in his eyes. He did not immediately discontinue use of the lenses. He had had eye problems with other contacts before. He limited his use of the contacts to times when he exercised, and continued to wear the lenses off and on for a few months. He stopped using this particular type of contact lenses after five months. Click title to continue reading...



Doctor Vicariously Liable; Nurse Practitioner Failed To Diagnose Ruptured Appendix

A man presented to a medical practice complaining of abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. A nurse practitioner diagnosed him with gastritis possibly brought on by food poisoning. His symptoms did not improve and several days later he was diagnosed by another medical provider with a ruptured appendix that required surgery. Click title to continue reading...