Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: January 25, 2016

IN THE NEWS


Redesigned Duodenoscope Approved to Reduce Risk of Bacterial Infections

The FDA has cleared the Olympus TJF-Q180V duodenoscope with modifications to the device’s design and labeling, which are intended to help reduce the risk of bacterial infections. Olympus will voluntarily recall its original model currently being used in health care facilities and make the needed repair as quickly as possible. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Cranial Image-Guided Surgery System Recalled Due to Navigation Inaccuracy

Brainlab is recalling the Cranial Image-Guided Surgery (IGS) System due to potential inaccuracies in the display by the navigation system compared to the patient anatomy. This could lead to inaccurate, ineffective medical procedures, and serious life-threatening injuries including death. Click title to continue reading...



Children's Cough Expectorant Recall; Wrong Cup Measurement

Perrigo Company of Dublin, Ireland, announced that, following the recent recall of certain dosing cups by its supplier, it has recalled two batches of its children's guaifenesin grape liquid (100mg/5 mL) and three batches of its children's guaifenesin DM cherry liquid (100mg guaifenesin and 5mg dextromethorphan HBr/ 5 ml) sold in 4 oz. bottles with dosage cup in a box under the store brand products listed below. This recall is being initiated because some packages contain an oral dosing cup with incorrect dose markings. Click title to continue reading...



Sudden Deaths among Oil and Gas Extraction Workers

According to a January 15, 2016 CDC report, during January 2010 to March 2015 at least nine deaths of oil and gas workers occurred in the United States, with exposure to HGVs a confirmed or suspected factor. Oil and gas extraction is a high-risk industry, with overall occupational fatality rates seven times the national average. Although safety hazards in the industry are well-known, few published reports address chemical exposures and acute occupational illness associated with oil and gas extraction. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Bile Duct Severed During Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal; Expert Report

A man underwent a laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal). The doctor who performed the procedure cut the wrong duct during the procedure. Click title to continue reading...



Failure to Timely Diagnose and Treat Hemorrhagic Stroke; Nursing Malpractice

A woman was admitted to the hospital for complications arising from recurring pneumonia. She remained hospitalized for about five weeks. Two weeks into her hospital stay, the woman complained of a pounding headache. The hospital nursing staff contacted her doctor and the doctor ordered Tylenol for pain relief. About three hours later, the woman’s husband reported to the charge nurse that the woman was suffering certain changes in mental status. Her doctor ordered a CT scan that showed that she had suffered an intracerebral hemorrhage or hemorrhagic stroke. Click title to continue reading...



Medical Expenses, Future Suffering Excluded from UIM Award; Prior Multiple Sclerosis

A woman was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Initially, she struggled with loss of sensation from the waist down, decreased balance, leg weakness, and loss of bowel and bladder function. Medical records show she experienced difficulty with short-term memory loss, dizziness, and fatigue. She worried her symptoms would affect her job performance—especially the short-term memory loss. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Complaint: Malpractice-Infertility

As a special feature to our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative Complaint for Malpractice Resulting in Infertility in an action involving an ectopic pregnancy and removal of a fallopian tube that reduced th patient’s fertility. Click title to continue reading...