Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: December 21, 2015

IN THE NEWS


Sweet Leaf Teas Recalled Due to Presence of Glass Fragments

The Sweet Leaf Tea Company announced today that it is voluntarily recalling Sweet Leaf Tea in 16 ounce glass bottles out of an abundance of caution because of the possible presence of glass fragments. This was the result of glass breakage during the filling process. Consumers could potentially be cut or injured if ingested. The company has received four complaints of glass in the product. No injuries were reported. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Vascular Sheath Shaft May Fragment; Emboli, Stroke, Injuries

Boston Scientific has voluntarily recalled the Chariot Guiding Sheath globally. These devices are intended for the introduction of interventional devices during peripheral vascular procedures, and were recalled on November 19th due to the risk of shaft separation. This Class 1 recall affects all UPNs of the Chariot Guiding Sheaths. The Chariot is considered a “guiding sheath” because it is inserted in a patient’s blood vessels so that other, thinner tools can slide through it and be easily directed to disease sites. Click title to continue reading...



First Emergency Treatment for Chemotherapy Overdose

The FDA has approved Vistogard (uridine triacetate) for the emergency treatment of adults and children who receive an overdose of the cancer treatment fluorouracil or capecitabine, or who develop certain severe or life-threatening toxicities within four days of receiving these cancer treatments. Vistogard is marketed by Wellstat Therapeutics Corporation based in Gaithersburg, MD. Click title to continue reading...



Sports-Related Injuries Substantially Impact Health of Student-Athletes

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) monitors injuries among college student-athletes at member schools. In academic year 2013–2014, a total of 1,113 member schools fielded 19,334 teams with 478,869 participating student-athletes in NCAA championship sports. External researchers and the CDC used information reported to the NCAA Injury Surveillance Program (NCAA-ISP) by a sample of championship sports programs to summarize the estimated national cumulative and annual average numbers of injuries during the five academic years from 2009–2010 through 2013–2014. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Hospital Entitled to Good Faith Immunity; Patient Left Against Medical Advice

A 38-year-old man drove himself to the emergency room (ER) after being struck in the throat and head during an altercation at a bar. The ER nurse’s notes indicated the man had a normal mood and affect. Due to the man’s complaints of increasing pain in his neck and throat, a CT scan was performed. The man was intubated to protect his airway and admitted to the intensive care unit. The nurse’s notes recorded that the man tolerated the procedure well. Click title to continue reading...



Alleged Failure to Treat Fasciitis; Expert Testimony Speculative

A man presented to the emergency room (ER) complaining of fever, chills, nausea, vomiting, and weakness as well as pain in his lower right leg, which started after he was bitten or scratched while in the woods the previous evening. An ER doctor review his lab work, examined his leg, prescribed a painkiller, an anti-nausea medication, and an anti-allergy medication and discharged the man with instructions to follow up with a primary care provider as needed and return to the emergency department if he became worse in any way. Click title to continue reading...



ER Physician’s Testimony Met Daubert Requirements; EMS Failure To Transport

Emergency medical services (EMS) responded to a first 911 call reporting a child was in respiratory distress. Arriving on the scene, EMS personnel found an 11-month-old boy in the care of his aunt. A neighbor held the child over her shoulder during the entire time EMS personnel were on the scene. According to the neighbor, EMS personnel did not conduct any examination of the child. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Medical Center Motion-Thyroid Surgery

As a special feature to our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an Affirmation in Support of and a Motion for Summary Judgment on the Issue of Vicarious Liability in a medical malpractice action involving the defendant private physician’s thyroid and exploratory surgery performed at co-defendant’s medical center. Click title to continue reading...