Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: August 10, 2015

IN THE NEWS


Plastic on Kraft Singles May Cause Choking; 36,000 Cases

The Kraft Heinz Company of Northfield, IL, is voluntarily recalling select code dates and manufacturing codes of Kraft Singles individually-wrapped slices due to the possibility that a thin strip of the individual packaging film may remain adhered to the slice after the wrapper has been removed. If the film sticks to the slice and is not removed, it could potentially cause a choking hazard. There have been 10 consumer complaints to date about the packaging, including three reports of consumers choking. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


IV Solution Recalled for Leaks, Particulate Matter, Missing Port Protectors

Baxter International Inc. recalled one lot of 0.9% Sodium Chloride Injection, USP, intravenous (IV) solution to the hospital/user level due to the potential for leaking containers, particulate matter, and missing port protectors. Baxter was made aware of these issues through customer complaints. Click title to continue reading...



Blood Thinner Pill Found in Diuretic Bottle Prompts Nationwide Recall

Unichem Pharmaceuticals (USA), Inc., recalled one lot of Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets 25 mg 1000-count bottle to the consumer level. This generic drug is also called Hydrodiuril, Esidrix, or Microzide. This recall has been initiated as a precautionary measure due to the identification of a Clopidogrel (Plavix) tablet found in a bottle of the product. Click title to continue reading...



Twenty-two Percent of US Adults Live with a Disability

In the United States, one out of every five adults has a disability, according to a study published by the CDC on July 31, 2015. The most common functional disability type was a mobility limitation – defined as serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs—reported by one in eight adults – followed by disability in thinking and/or memory, independent living, vision, and self-care. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Medical Experts Not Required to Provide Medical Literature, Peer Studies; Stroke

A man presented to the emergency room (ER) suffering from slurred speech and tingling in his extremities. A CT scan came back negative for any acute intracranial findings. He was discharged from the ER. Click title to continue reading...



Defense May Not Elicit Expert Opinion Beyond Scope of Open Door Doctrine

A woman presented to the emergency room (ER) complaining of headaches and nausea. She was examined by a triage nurse, who noted that the woman had experienced headaches for the past four or five days and had been vomiting for a week. The woman was then examined by a physician specializing in emergency medicine. The emergency medicine physician reported that the woman was a 42-year-old female who presented complaining of vomiting for “the last couple of days on and off” associated with an atypical migraine-type headache that started today. His report also noted that the woman had a history of migraines and had previously been prescribed Imitrex, a drug used to treat migraine headaches. The emergency medicine physician performed a medical evaluation. Click title to continue reading...



Plan Arbitrarily Denied LTD Benefits for Chronic Neck Pain

A 39-year-old man was employed as a customer service representative until he stopped working as a result of chronic neck pain. He suffered from chronic neck pain for years. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Pediatric Patient Pain Questionnaire

As a special feature to our Premium subscribers we have included this Feature containing a pediatric patient information questionnaire on pain that is useful to the physician to understand the patient’s pain, and to the attorneys to prove, or disprove, damages for the patient’s pain and suffering in a malpractice action. In this illustrative questionnaire it is assumed the patient-client is an adolescent capable of articulating answers to the questionnaire. Also, not all questions are appropriate for all responders. Click title to continue reading...