Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: December 14, 2015

IN THE NEWS


Insulin Delivery Mechanism Deployment Failure or Delay; Possible Diabetic Injury

On November 2, 2015, Insulet Corporation initiated a lot-specific voluntary Field Safety Notification for 15 lots of the OmniPod, an insulin delivery system, which were distributed in the U.S. and three lots which were distributed internationally. Insulet has notified its distributors and customers by email, FedEx, and phone calls beginning on November 2, 2015, as well as all applicable regulatory agencies, including the FDA. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Diabetes Drug Label Now Warns Too Much Acid In Blood, Serious Infection Risk

An FDA safety review has resulted in adding warnings to the labels of a specific class of type 2 diabetes medicines called sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors about the risks of too much acid in the blood and of serious urinary tract infections. Both conditions can result in hospitalization. Click title to continue reading...



Inaccurate Thermometer Display Prompts National Recall

On November 12, 2015, Bestmed, LLC, a medical device distributor, initiated a nationwide recall of the Digital Temple Thermometer Model No. KD-2201 manufactured by K-Jump Health Co., Ltd, featuring lot numbers S/N: 3612 through S/N: 3715, which were sold between October 2012 until the start of the recall in November 2015. Click title to continue reading...



Half of Those Needing Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Not Taking Drug; Heart Disease Risk

More than a third of American adults are eligible to take cholesterol-lowering medications under the current guidelines– but nearly half of them are not, according to a report by the CDC. Blacks and Mexican Americans are less likely than whites to be taking cholesterol-lowering medications. A high blood level of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) remains a major risk factor for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Anesthesiologist Perforates Patient’s Sinus in Failed Intubation; Refusal to Settle

A woman suffering from rheumatoid arthritis intended to undergo hip replacement surgery. Her anesthesiology care was provided by an anesthesiologist and a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) working under his supervision. The CRNA attempted to intubate the woman in order to administer anesthesia but was unsuccessful. Subsequently, the anesthesiologist made several attempts using a laryngoscope but was not able to successfully intubate the woman. The anesthesiologist asked for the assistance of one of his partners, who was also unable to intubate the woman. The anesthesiologist ceased the intubation attempts and woke the woman from the sedative medication. The woman left the operating room without having undergone the hip replacement surgery. Click title to continue reading...



Surgeon Qualified To Testify As Expert in Shoulder Malpractice

A man underwent a shoulder replacement procedure. He sued the orthopedic surgeon for medical malpractice. He filed an affidavit of merit executed by a board certified orthopedic surgeon. Click title to continue reading...



Dentist Failure to Cancel Prior Disability Policy; Insurer Summary Judgment Reversed

A dentist has two disability insurance policies. He applied for additional disability insurance coverage. In his application, the dentist specifically agreed that the additional disability insurance policy would replace one of his earlier purchased disability insurance policies. The dentist agreed that he would terminate one of his earlier purchased disability insurance policies within 90 days of the date of the application. The application warned that any policy issued could be rescinded if the earlier purchased disability insurance policy was not cancelled. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Physician’s Motion-Thyroid

As a special feature to our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an Illustrative Physician’s Motion for Summary Judgment in a medical malpractice action involving the misreading of the patient’s EKG, treatment of the patient’s heart and thyroid conditions, and the failure to refer the patient to a thyroid specialist. Click title to continue reading...