Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: November 23, 2015

IN THE NEWS


FDA Orders Automated Endoscope Reprocessor Recall

The FDA ordered Custom Ultrasonics to recall all of its automated endoscope reprocessors (AERs) from health care facilities due to the firm’s continued violations of federal law and a consent decree entered with the company in 2007. The identified violations could result in an increased risk of infection transmission. The FDA ordered this recall under the terms of the consent decree. The agency also issued a safety communication recommending that health care facilities currently using Custom Ultrasonics AERs transition away from their use to alternative methods to reprocess flexible endoscopes as soon as possible. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


300,000 Cans of Spaghetti Os Recalled; Potential Choking Hazard

Campbell Soup Company recalled 355,000 cans of 14.2 ounce Spaghetti Os Original due to a potential choking hazard posed by pieces of red plastic found in a small number of cans. This plastic material is from parts of the can lining which may peel off. Click title to continue reading...



New Rules for Produce Farms, Imported Food; Strengthens Food Safety System

The FDA has taken major steps to prevent foodborne illness by finalizing rules implementing the bipartisan Food Safety Modernization Act that, for the first time, establish enforceable safety standards for produce farms and make importers accountable for verifying that imported food meets U.S. safety standards. The Agency also issued a rule establishing a program for the accreditation of third-party certification bodies, also known as auditors, to conduct food safety audits of foreign food facilities. These final rules will help produce farmers and food importers take steps to prevent problems before they occur. Click title to continue reading...



Uninsured and Medicaid Recipients Smoke More Than Private Insureds

American adults who are uninsured or on Medicaid smoke at rates more than double those for adults with private health insurance or Medicare, according to a recent study published by the CDC. Tobacco smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, resulting in approximately 480,000 premature deaths and more than $300 billion in direct health care expenditures and productivity losses each year. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Spine Nerve Compression Injury after Lumbar Surgery; Lack of Nursing Delay Evidence

A man underwent a lumbar laminectomy. The man was released from the hospital two days later. The evening of the third day after his surgery, the man rolled over and sat up on the side of the bed. He suddenly had excruciating pain up and down his lower back and legs. Then he lost all feeling in his legs. The man and his wife called the neurosurgeon who performed the lumbar laminectomy. The neurosurgeon told them to go to the emergency room (ER) of the hospital where he performed the procedure. Click title to continue reading...



Aspirin and Plavix User Suffers Post-Polypectomy Bleeding; Admissibility of Studies

A man underwent a polypectomy. The gastroenterologist, concerned that the man was at an increased risk for bleeding, directed that he stop taking his aspirin and Plavix. The man was discharged from the surgical facility where the procedure was performed. Click title to continue reading...



Nurse’s Removal of Central Line Resulted in Air Embolism or Stroke

A woman was admitted to the hospital with a complicated case of acute cholecystitis, or inflammation of the gallbladder. A general surgeon recommended removal of her gallbladder and subsequently ordered a central line be placed in her external jugular vein. A “central line” refers to a central venous access device placed into a large vein in the patient. It is used to provide the patient with medicine, nutrients, fluids, or blood products. Her surgery was completed without complications. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Complaint: Thyroid Malpractice

As a special feature to our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative Medical Malpractice Complaint arising out of the failure to diagnose and treat thyroid nodules and cancer. The complaint includes claims for surgeon malpractice, surgical group vicarious liability and negligence, and loss of consortium. Click title to continue reading...