Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: February 22, 2016

IN THE NEWS


Central Venous Catheter Tip Fractures; Global Recall

On January 6, 2016, Cook Medical initiated a voluntary recall of 360 specific lots of Single Lumen Central Venous Catheters and Pressure Monitoring Sets and Trays due to catheter tip fracture and/or separation. Globally, 17,827 devices distributed between April 24, 2015, and October 23, 2015, are subject to this recall. The recalled products are specific versions and lot numbers of the Single Lumen Central Venous Catheter Sets and Trays, Single Lumen Pressure Monitoring Sets, Femoral Artery Pressure Monitoring Catheter Sets and Trays, and Radial Artery Pressure Monitoring Catheter Sets and Trays. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Flavoring, Suspending Agent Used in Drug Compounding Contaminated with Yeast

On February 10, 2016, the FDA alerted compounding pharmacies about a voluntary recall of certain lots of SyrSpend SF and SyrSpend SF Grape suspending agents used in compounding of various oral liquid drug products, due to the presence of yeast (Candida galli). The FDA is not aware of adverse events reports with patients who may have used the suspending agents. Click title to continue reading...



Emergency Transport and Hospital Ventilator Error May Halt Ventilation Therapy

On February 10, 2016, the FDA alerted that Dräger is recalling Oxylog Emergency Transport Ventilators because an electrical issue may cause the device to stop working if the control knobs (adjustment potentiometers) are not regularly used. If the device operator does not intervene, the patient may not receive enough oxygen and could suffer serious adverse health consequences, including injury or death. Click title to continue reading...



New Bacteria Causing Lyme Disease Discovered

On Monday, February 8, 2016 the CDC, in collaboration with Mayo Clinic and health officials from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and North Dakota, reported the discovery of a new species of bacteria (Borrelia mayonii) that causes Lyme disease in people. Until now, Borrelia burgdorferi was the only species believed to cause Lyme disease in North America. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Even Though Fall from Stool After X-ray Was a “Health Care Liability Action,” No Expert Required

A woman presented to the hospital complaining of pain in her left ankle. She was taken to the radiology department for an x-ray. A radiology technician instructed her to stand up on a wooden stool approximately 12 to 18 inches high that did not have non-slip feet or handrails. After the completion of the x-ray, the radiology technician attempted to assist the woman as she stepped down. The stool shifted. The woman fell and sustained a right fibular fracture. The woman was taken to the operating room to repair the right fibular fracture. Click title to continue reading...



Hospital’s Lack of Thoracic Surgeon on Call 24/7 Not Negligence; Immunity

A man was shot in the chest. He was transported to the hospital. A general surgeon evaluated the injuries and quickly determined that he lacked the cardiothoracic training and privileges necessary to perform the surgery that the man needed. The general surgeon sought a cardiothoracic consult and evaluation, but no cardiothoracic surgeon was available. The general surgeon began efforts to transfer the man to a hospital with a surgeon who could operate on the man. Weather conditions prevented the man’s transfer to another hospital. While transfer options were being explored, the trauma team continued efforts to stabilize the man and keep him alive. Click title to continue reading...



Texas Insurance Code Penalties for Reimbursement Delays Inapplicable, Preempted

Chapter 1301 of the Texas Insurance Code requires healthcare insurers to make coverage determinations and pay claims made by preferred healthcare providers within a specified time or face penalties. Section 1301.0041, the express applicability section, states that “this chapter applies to each preferred provider benefit plan in which an insurer provides, through the insurer’s health insurance policy, for the payment of a level of coverage that is different depending on whether an insured uses a preferred provider or a nonpreferred provider.” Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Complaint: Malpractice-Sleep Apnea

As a special feature to our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative Complaint for the medical professional negligence of an anesthesiologist and nurse, and for wrongful death and hospital corporate negligence, involving the death of a patient with obstructive sleep apnea after surgery for an abscess after a dental procedure. Click title to continue reading...