Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: January 11, 2016

IN THE NEWS


Inaccurate Test Can Cloud Effects of Antibiotic Therapy

BioMérieux recalled the Etest PIP/TAZO/CON-4 PTC 256 device for antibiotic treatment of infection because the test results from the affected product may indicate that antibiotic therapy using PIP/TAZO could stop or slow the growth of certain bacteria when it may not actually be effective in treating those bacteria. This error may result in inappropriate treatment of a patient’s infection and could cause serious patient health consequences, including increased time in the hospital, unnecessary tests or procedures, treatment failure, sepsis, and even death. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


FDA Addresses Safety Risks of Transvaginal Mesh; Manufacturer PMAs Required

The FDA has issued two final orders to manufacturers and the public to strengthen the requirements for surgical mesh to repair pelvic organ prolapse (POP) through the vagina. The FDA issued one order to reclassify these medical devices from class II, which generally includes moderate-risk devices, to class III, which generally includes high-risk devices, and a second order that requires manufacturers to submit a premarket approval (PMA) application to support the safety and effectiveness of surgical mesh for the transvaginal repair of POP. Click title to continue reading..



Faulty Switch May Cause Anesthesia Workstation to Stop Providing Drug or Oxygen

Draeger is recalling the Perseus A500 anesthesia workstation because a faulty power switch may fail, causing the workstation to alarm and shut down unexpectedly. If this occurs, ventilation may fail and the patient may not receive either anesthesia or enough oxygen. This could cause patients to suffer serious adverse health consequences, including injury or death. The company has received one report of this issue occurring, with no injuries and no deaths. Click title to continue reading...



TB Elimination-Long Term Follow Up of Certain Contacts

According to a January 1, 2016 FDA Report, preventing tuberculosis (TB) by treating latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection (LTBI) is a cornerstone of the U.S. strategy for TB elimination. Mycobacterium tuberculosis is transmitted through the air from an infectious patient (index patient) to other persons (contacts) who share space. Exposure to M. tuberculosis can result in tuberculosis (TB) disease or latent TB infection (LTBI), which has no clinical symptoms or radiologic evidence of disease. The cycle of transmission can be ended by isolating and treating patients with TB disease, examining contacts, and treating LTBI to prevent progression to TB disease. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Lack of Informed Consent-Failure to Disclose Less Invasive Technique; Cancer Biopsy

A woman experienced shortness of breath and persistent pain in her right arm and wrist. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed a mass at the top of her right lung that her doctor feared was cancer. She was scheduled for a positron emission tomography (PET) scan and fine-needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy. The PET scan results suggested that the mass was benign although malignancy could not be entirely ruled out. Click title to continue reading...



ER Failure to Diagnose Stroke; Plaintiff Failure to Timely File Expert Affidavit

A man presented to a hospital’s emergency room (ER) with symptoms indicating a stroke. The man was discharged with instructions to consult his primary care physician within three or four days. After he was discharged the man suffered a stroke. Click title to continue reading...



Florida’s Motor Vehicle No-Fault Law Limits PIP Benefits

In a recent Florida case, two women were injured in separate car accidents and sought reimbursement for medical expenses from their insurers. At issue was the Florida Motor Vehicle No–Fault Law. The court noted that since the 1980s, the Florida Motor Vehicle No–Fault Law has required that automobile insurance policies provide personal injury protection benefits to a limit of $10,000 for loss sustained as a result of bodily injury, sickness, disease, or death arising out of the ownership, maintenance, or use of a motor vehicle. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Thyroid Storm Complaint

As a special feature to our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative Complaint for Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death arising out of the failure to diagnose and treat a patient’s thyroid storm, resulting in the patient’s death. The complaint includes claims for physician malpractice, practice group vicarious liability, failure to supervise, and violation of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (“EMTALA”). Click title to continue reading...