Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: May 18, 2015

IN THE NEWS


Heart Surgery Staple Nationwide Recall; May Cause Heart Tissue Tears, Bleeding

 Maquet Medical Systems’ TigerPaw II surgical staple is the subject of a nationwide recalled. All lots are affected and were distributed from April 1, 2013, through March 23, 2015. There were 4,154 units distributed in the U.S. The affected two serial numbers are: C-TP-1507 and C-TP-1509. Click title to continue reading..


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Crystals and Rubber in Chemotherapy IV Drug; National Recall

Teva Parenteral Medicines has announced a nationwide recall of eight lots of Adrucil (fluorouracil injection, USP) 5 g/100 mL (50 mg/mL) due to the potential presence of particulate matter identified as aggregate of silicone rubber pieces from a filler diaphragm and fluorouracil crystals. Click title to continue reading...



Spinal Cord Stimulation Aid Approved; Treats Pain Without Tingling Sensation

 The FDA has approved the Senza spinal cord stimulation (SCS) system (Senza System) as an aid in the management of chronic intractable pain of the trunk and/or limbs, including pain associated with failed back surgery syndrome, low back pain, and leg pain. The Senza System can reduce pain without producing a tingling sensation called paresthesia by providing high frequency stimulation (at 10 KHz) and low stimulation amplitudes. Click title to continue reading...



People Not Getting Cancer Screenings; Little Progress on Testing Goals

 According to a new, May 8, 2015, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, many adults in the U.S. are not getting the recommended screening tests for colorectal, breast, and cervical cancers. For 2013, screening for these types of cancers either fell behind previous rates or showed no improvement. Regular breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer (CRC) screening with timely and appropriate follow-up and treatment reduces deaths from these cancers. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Benefits Denied for Back Pain and COPD; Man Could Work; Man Continued to Smoke

A man applied for disability insurance benefits (DIB) and supplemental security income (SSI) due to emphysema, low back pain, and neck pain. Click title to continue reading...



Expert Report Adequate on Causation; Failure to Treat Cancer

A woman with scleroderma was diagnosed with a cancerous growth on the heel of her foot. A doctor administered two rounds of radiation therapy. The woman obtained subsequent treatment elsewhere for resection of her heel and, ultimately, amputation of her leg. Click title to continue reading...



Order Suspending Surgeon’s License Inadmissible; Insurance Questions Ambiguous

 A general surgeon applied for disability insurance. The application asked a number of questions pertaining to the applicant's personal, financial, and medical information. When asked “Are you actively at work?,” the surgeon checked the “Yes” box. In response to the question “Are you aware of any fact that could change your occupation or financial stability?,” the surgeon checked the “No” box. When asked “Are you party to any legal proceeding at this time?,” the surgeon checked the “No” box. The surgeon signed final applications with these answers and the policies became effective on that date. Click title to continue reading...