Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: August 17, 2015

IN THE NEWS


Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities of Hospira Symbiq Infusion System

The FDA is alerting users of the Hospira Symbiq Infusion System to cybersecurity vulnerabilities with this infusion pump. They strongly encourage that health care facilities transition to alternative infusion systems, and discontinue use of these pumps. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Clotting, Stroke, Bleeding Risk with Implantable Left Ventricular Assist Devices

The FDA is alerting health care providers, patients, and caregivers about serious adverse events associated with Left Ventricular Assist Devices (LVADs). These adverse events include an increased rate of pump thrombosis (blood clots inside the pump) with Thoratec’s HeartMate II and a high rate of stroke with the HeartWare HVAD since approval of the devices. The FDA is also aware of bleeding complications associated with both devices. Click title to continue reading...



Similarity in Two Drug Names Leads to Prescription Errors

The FDA is warning health care professionals and patients that reports of confusion between the antidepressant Brintellix and anti-blood clotting medication Brilinta have resulted in the wrong medication being prescribed or dispensed. The FDA determined that the main reason for the confusion between these two medications is the similarity of their brand (proprietary) names. Click title to continue reading...



CDC Projects Urgent Threat from Growth of Drug-Resistant Infections and C. difficile

An August, 2015 CDC report includes mathematical modeling that projects increases in drug-resistant infections andClostridium difficile (C. difficile) without immediate, nationwide improvements in infection control and antibiotic prescribing. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Massachusetts Adopts Continuing Treatment Doctrine; Surgical Burn

A boy was born with a lump in his right leg. Within a few weeks of his birth, his family was referred to the sarcoma group at a hospital. The sarcoma group is a multidisciplinary group that included a variety of practitioners. The group met weekly to discuss new cases and old cases that needed to be revisited. The group made decisions together and developed treatment plans together. The boy was cared for by the sarcoma group for many years. Click title to continue reading...



Borrowed Employee Doctrine and State Physician’s Immunity

In the middle of the night, a boy was brought to the emergency room by his parents. The boy was suffering from a cough and congestion. The ER doctor ordered a radiological study of the boy’s chest. The resident radiologist on duty reviewed the radiological study and found an old, healed rib fracture consistent with child abuse on the radiographic film. Click title to continue reading...



Claimant Credibility Must Be Specifically Explained to Deny Disability Benefits

A woman applied for Social Security disability benefits and supplemental security income (SSI). After the Social Security Administration denied her claims initially and again on reconsideration, the woman timely requested and was granted a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Complaint: Malpractice Under FTCA for Child’s Wrongful Death

As a special feature to our Premium subscribers we have included this Feature containing an illustrative medical malpractice complaint for the failure of a federally supported health center to diagnose and treat a child, resulting in the child’s death. Click title to continue reading...