Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: August 31, 2015

IN THE NEWS


FDA Warns Certain Compounded, Repackaged Drugs in Small Syringes Lose Potency

The FDA is warning health care professionals not to administer to patients compounded or repackaged drugs that have been stored in 3 milliliter (ml) and 5ml syringes manufactured by Becton-Dickinson (BD) unless there is no suitable alternative available. Preliminary information indicates that drugs stored in these syringes may lose potency over a period of time due to a possible interaction with the rubber stopper in the syringe. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Worldwide Recall; Portable Oxygen Unit May Ignite and Burst

The Western/Scott Fetzer Company of Westlake, OH, has become aware of the possibility of ignition and rupture (explosion) of a compressed gas oxygen cylinder, which can cause serious injury and/or death. They received reports that when the valve integrated pressure regulator of the OxyTote portable oxygen unit is mishandled or dropped, the oxygen cylinder may ignite causing an internal flash fire and the canister to burst. Click title to continue reading...



FDA Extends Use of Rare Blood Disorder Drug to Very Young Children

The FDA has approved Promacta (eltrombopag) to treat low blood platelet count in pediatric patients – ages one year and older – with a rare blood disorder called chronic immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). Promacta can be used in these children when they have not achieved an appropriate response using other ITP medicines or surgery to remove the spleen. Click title to continue reading...



Contact Lens Users’ Risky Eye Care Behaviors Lead to Increased Eye Infections

Contact lenses provide safe and effective vision correction for many Americans. However, contact lens wearers risk infection if they fail to wear, clean, disinfect, and store their contact lenses as directed. Over the past decade, the CDC has investigated several multistate outbreaks of serious eye infections among contact lens wearers, including Acanthamoeba keratitis. Each investigation identified frequent contact lens hygiene-related risk behaviors among patients. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Family, Emergency Doctor May Be Expert for Gastroenterologist, Surgeon

A 74-year-old man previously diagnosed with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia was brought to the hospital for a blood transfusion. He complained of pain and weakness. Family members reported that he had passed black colored stools a few days earlier. He was admitted to the hospital. Click title to continue reading...



No Lack of Informed Consent if Reasonable Person Understands Paralysis Possible

A woman had a history of back problems that included two prior surgeries and a problem known as foot drop. She sought further treatment for her back and leg pain at an orthopedic practice group. An MRI revealed a disc herniation, multilevel stenosis, and disc degeneration at the lower levels of her spine. The woman was referred to an orthopedic surgeon. Click title to continue reading...



College Must Indemnify Urgent Care Center for Student Phlebotomist’s Negligence

A community college entered into a contract to permit its Phlebotomy Technician Certification students to obtain clinical experience at an urgent care center. The contract provided that the community college and urgent care center agreed to establish a supervised clinical experience for the venipuncture students at the urgent care center’s facilities. The agreement included a section on indemnification, which stated that the community college would defend, indemnify, and hold the urgent care center harmless from any and all claims arising out of the negligent acts or omissions of the community college or its students. The indemnification section also stated that the urgent care center would defend, indemnify, and hold community college harmless for any and all claims arising out of the negligent acts or omissions of the urgent care center. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Arthritis Damages Checklist

As a special feature to our Premium subscribers we have included this Feature containing a checklist of damages that may be sought or opposed in a malpractice action for the failure to diagnose or treat arthritis, such as osteoarthritis. The checklist includes authoritative law and medical references for further research. Click title to continue reading...