Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: October 12, 2015

IN THE NEWS


Fractures and Risks from Hip Joint Replacement System; Class I Recall

MicroPort Orthopedics Inc. of Arlington, TN has a variety of hip joint replacement systems that allow the surgeon to fit the implant specifically to the patient. During total hip replacement surgery, the damaged portions of the hip joint are removed and replaced with prosthetic parts including a femoral head, femoral stem and modular neck. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios Cereal Recalled

On October 5, 2015, General Mills instituted a voluntary recall of almost two weeks of production of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios cereal produced at its Lodi, California facility on certain dates in July, 2015 because of an undeclared allergen, wheat, with potential adverse health effects. Click title to continue reading...



FDA Approves Drug for Lung Cancer that Expresses Particular Protein

The FDA has granted accelerated approval for Keytruda (pembrolizumab) to treat patients with advanced (metastatic) non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose disease has progressed after other treatments and with tumors that express a protein called PD-L1. Keytruda is approved for use with a companion diagnostic, the PD-L1 IHC 22C3 pharmDx test, the first test designed to detect PD-L1 expression in non-small cell lung tumors. Click title to continue reading...



Medical, Work Loss Costs $671 Billion for Injury, Deaths; 2013 Key Findings

A CDC Study, released September 30, 2015, found the total cost of injuries and violence in the United States was $671 billion in 2013, according to two reports released recently by the CDC. The cost associated with fatal injuries was $214 billion. The cost associated with nonfatal injuries was $457 billion. Each year, more than three million people are hospitalized, 27 million people are treated in emergency departments (EDs) and released, and more than 192,000 die as a result of unintentional and violence related injuries. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Nursing Home Wrongful Death from Sepsis of Adult with Cerebral Palsy

A man with cerebral palsy was admitted to a nursing home. At the time of his admission, he was unable to make decisions for himself and was unable to appoint another person to make decisions for him. His mother executed a number of documents upon his admission to the nursing home including an admission agreement and arbitration agreement. Click title to continue reading...



Failure to Prosecute Malpractice; Limitations Not Tolled

After seeking treatment at a hospital, a woman died. About a year later, the woman’s wrongful death beneficiary sued the hospital, doctor, and nurse practitioner for medical malpractice. The complaint claimed that the nurse practitioner failed to accurately diagnose and provide necessary medical treatment to the woman causing the woman’s death. Click title to continue reading...



Employee Retroactively Terminated Before Applying for Disability Entitled To Benefits

A woman worked for her employer for about 20 years. She suffered from type–1 diabetes, major depression, and gender identity disorder (she was formerly a man). She suffered a debilitating emotional breakdown at work. She left work and did not return. That day, her parents lost contact with her. When they checked on her weeks later they found her a mess and barricaded in her house. She sought medical help about five weeks after she left work. Her doctor completed a disability certificate which stated that the woman had been disable since ten days after her breakdown at work. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Duodenoscope Cleaning

As a special feature to our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing the FDA order for duodenoscope manufacturers to study cleaning of these scopes in health care facilities, and other recent information on duodenoscopes. Click title to continue reading...