Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: August 24, 2015

IN THE NEWS


Angiographic Catheter Tip Splitting Results In Global Recall

On July 2, 2015, Cook Medical recalled 2,239 lots of Beacon Tip Angiographic Catheters. Globally, 95,167 devices are subject to this recall. The products include specific versions and lot numbers of the Torcon NB Advantage Beacon Tip Catheters (Catalog Prefix HNBR5.0), Royal Flush Plus Beacon Tip High-Flow Catheters (Catalog Prefix HNR4.0), and Slip-Cath Beacon Tip Catheters (Catalog Prefix SCBR5.0). Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


FDA Approves Temporary Balloon Device To Treat Obesity

The FDA has approved a new balloon device to treat obesity without the need for invasive surgery. The ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System (ReShape Dual Balloon) is intended to facilitate weight loss in obese adult patients. The device likely works by occupying space in the stomach, which may trigger feelings of fullness, or by other mechanisms that are not yet understood. Click title to continue reading...



CRE from Duodenoscopes Prompts Warning, New Sterilization Measures

On August 12, 2015, the FDA published a warning letter it sent to Olympus Corporation of the Americas, the manufacturer of the duodenoscopes involved in endoscopic procedures in which patients were infected by carbapenem resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) bacteria at five different hospitals across the U.S. Investigators found no breach in duodenoscope reprocessing and no evidence of defects in the duodenoscope at three of those hospitals. This meant that even when the device was not defective and the device was cleaned according to the manufacturer’s instructions, CRE remained on the device and was transmitted to patients. Click title to continue reading...



Medical Claims Data Reveals Lyme Disease Underreported

Lyme disease (LD) is a zoonotic infection, a disease that normally exists in animals but that can infect humans, transmitted by Ixodes spp. ticks and caused by the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi. Signs and symptoms of infection range in severity and can include erythema migrans (LD skin lesion), arthritis, facial palsy, disease of the spinal nerves, arrhythmia, and meningitis. Most patients recover fully after antimicrobial treatment. However, serious illness and even deaths have been reported, although rarely. In the United States, LD is the fifth most commonly reported nationally notifiable disease; about 36,000 confirmed and probable cases were reported in 2013. U.S. cases are concentrated heavily in the Northeast and upper Midwest. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Exceptions for Disability Do Not Toll Malpractice Limitations

A 22-year-old woman who was 36 weeks pregnant, complained to her prenatal care physician of headaches, dizziness, nausea, and swelling of her hands and feet, all of which are symptoms of preeclampsia, a serious, potentially life-threatening complication of pregnancy. Left untreated, preeclampsia can develop into eclampsia, which can result in placental abruption, stroke, and seizures. The only cure for preeclampsia is delivery of the baby. Despite the woman’s reported symptoms, her prenatal care physician failed to diagnose the woman’s preeclampsia and sent her home from her doctor’s visit without any special instructions or warnings. Click title to continue reading...



Doctors Conviction for Narcotic Distribution Inadmissible in Wrongful Death Case

A man suffered from chronic back pain and degenerative disc disease. He was treated by a doctor, who prescribed him various pain medications including methadone, Lortab, and Demerol. The man developed a drug tolerance that required successively larger doses of medication to ameliorate his pain. Click title to continue reading...



Event Not Unexpected When Custodian Injured When Moving Cabinet; Benefits Denied

A man was employed by the state as head custodian at a school. His job required him to regularly move furniture in an out of classrooms. He was instructed to move several items from a classroom to the library. While he attempted to move a file cabinet with a hand truck, he injured his chest, back, shoulder, and hand. He was taken to the hospital, treated, and released the next day. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Illustrative Interrogatories: Failure to Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis

As a special feature to our Premium subscribers we have included this Feature containing illustrative interrogatories to the treating physician in a malpractice action for the failure to diagnose and timely treat rheumatoid arthritis. Click title to continue reading...