Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: April 20, 2015

IN THE NEWS


Particulate Matter in Intravenous Solutions; National Recall

 Baxter International Inc. of Deerfield, IL, recalled select lots of intravenous (IV) solutions to the hospital/user level due to the potential presence of particulate matter. Intravenous administration of a solution containing sterile particulate matter may lead to adverse health consequences. The extent and severity of harm depends on the size, number, and composition of the foreign material, and the patient’s underlying medical condition. In the absence of in-line filtration, these particles may cause: local vein irritation, inflammatory reaction, aggravation of preexisting infections, allergic reactions, and systemic embolization. In high-risk patients this may lead to serious adverse health consequences. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Hummus Tainted with Listeria; Nationwide Recall

 Sabra Dipping Co., LLC of Colonial Heights, VA, recalled approximately 30,000 cases of its Classic Hummus due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. The recall is limited to five types of Classic Hummus sold nationwide. Click title to continue reading...




Preventing Pain Pill Overdose, Death; Abuse-Deterrent Properties

  The FDA recently issued a final guidance to assist the pharmaceutical industry in developing opioid drug products with potentially abuse-deterrent properties. Click title to continue reading...



1.9 Million Americans Suffer from Work-Related Asthma

 Work-related asthma (WRA) is a preventable respiratory disease associated with serious adverse health outcomes. It creates a narrowing of the air passages that result in difficult breathing, tightness of the chest, coughing, and breath-sounds such as wheezing. When a substance or condition at work causes asthma, it is called work-related asthma. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Woman with Pineal Gland Cyst and Unproven Pain Employable

 A 43-year-old woman applied for Social Security disability benefits claiming to be disabled by a cyst in her pineal gland, a small endocrine gland in the brain that produces melatonin, which regulates sleep. The woman’s cyst caused her to experience vertigo, blurred vision, and headaches. She argued that in combination the symptoms disabled her from full-time gainful employment. Click title to continue reading...



Letters Between Doctors Insufficient To Trigger Continuous Treatment Doctrine

 A doctor performed a laparoscopic cholecystectomy (removal of the gallbladder) on a woman. The doctor continued to provide related postoperative care for approximately four months. Subsequently, the doctor referred the woman to another doctor. The doctors exchanged letters about the woman’s medical condition for approximately two months. About a year later the woman was hospitalized for a medical condition unrelated to the laparoscopic cholecystectomy. The doctor who performed the laparoscopic cholecystectomy was called for a consultation. Click title to continue reading...



Patient on Inquiry Notice that Anticoagulants after Botched Biopsy Caused Hemorrhage

 A woman in her thirties suffered from lupus and antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS), an autoimmune, hypercoagulable disorder caused by antiphospholipid antibodies, which attack and damage tissues and cells and cause blood clots to form in the body's arteries and veins. The woman took several anticoagulant medications as a result of a stroke she suffered at age 20. She suffered another stroke and was admitted to the hospital. She was treated at the hospital for approximately three months. About a month into her stay she underwent a kidney biopsy. After the kidney biopsy she was again administered blood-thinning therapy, including the medication Lovenox. Several days after the kidney biopsy, the woman suffered a large hemorrhage from the area of the biopsy kidney, which had become infected. As a result, the woman developed renal and respiratory failure, multiple abscesses, aspiration pneumonia, and other serious injuries and complications for which she continues to require inpatient treatment years after her release from the hospital. Click title to continue reading...