Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: July 13, 2015

IN THE NEWS


Flow-I Anesthesia System Recall; Dislodged Patient Cassette May Stop Patient Ventilation

The Flow-I Anesthesia System manufactured by the Swedish firm, Maquet Critical Care AB, has been recalled. Maquet has received several complaints where patient cassettes, which are the center of gas flow in the system, have come loose. The firm has received ten reports this device has malfunctioned. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Manual Resuscitator Recall; Intake Port Blockage

Teleflex Medical of Research Triangle Park, N.C., recalled its Hudson RCI Lifesaver Single Patient Use manual resuscitator. Click title to continue reading...



Safety of Codeine for Children Under 18; FDA Reevaluation

The FDA is investigating the safety of using codeine-containing medicines to treat coughs and colds in children under 18 because of the potential for serious side effects, including slowed or difficult breathing. Children, especially those who already have breathing problems, may be more susceptible to these serious side effects. Click title to continue reading...



One in Ten with HIV Undiagnosed; Cause One-Third New Infections

People unaware of their human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection contribute nearly one third of ongoing transmissions in the United States. Among the estimated 1.2 million persons living with HIV in the United States in 2011, 14% had undiagnosed infections. To accelerate progress toward reducing undiagnosed HIV infection, the CDC and its partners have pursued an approach that includes expanding HIV testing in communities with high HIV infection rates. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Negligent Prenatal Care Claim Against Resident Survives Immunity

A woman received prenatal care at a clinic. Because the doctor scheduled to see her was unavailable, she was seen by a second-year medical resident. The woman told the resident-physician about complications with an earlier twin pregnancy that resulted in preterm delivery, the death of one twin, and the lengthy hospitalization of the other. At the time the woman saw the resident-physician, she was between 32 and 35 weeks pregnant with twins. The resident-physician prescribed weekly injections of progesterone. A nurse gave the woman her first progesterone injection during the office visit. Several hours later, the woman began having difficulty breathing. Emergency medical assistance was called, but the woman and her unborn children died before they arrived at the hospital. Click title to continue reading...



VA Not Required To Find Record Insufficient Before Ordering New PTSD Exam

A veteran of the United States Navy filed a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) claim for disability benefits based on service-connected post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The man claimed his PTSD was connected to a typhoon that his ship encountered en route to Japan in January 1956. Ship logs and letters from two shipmates confirmed that the ship weathered a bad storm around that time. Click title to continue reading...



Florida Personal Injury Malpractice Noneconomic Damages Cap Unconstitutional

A woman underwent outpatient surgery to treat carpal tunnel syndrome in her wrist. The surgery required the woman to be placed under general anesthesia. The anesthesiology team included an anesthesiologist, a nurse, and a student nurse anesthetist from a university. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Illustrative Complaint: Failed Kidney Transplant

As a special feature to our Premium subscribers we have included this Feature containing an illustrative Complaint for the medical negligence of a hospital and physician for a failed kidney transplant resulting in the patient’s death. A decrease in blood flow to the transplanted kidney from a blood clot, which was not timely treated, caused the kidney failure. Click title to continue reading...