Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: March 21, 2016

IN THE NEWS


Defective Intra-aortic Balloon Catheter Causes Bleeding; Worldwide Recall

On March 11, 2016, Teleflex Incorporated of Wayne, PA, announced a worldwide recall of Arrow International Intra-Aortic Balloon Catheter Kits and Percutaneous Insertion Kits. The Arrow IAB is inserted in the aorta and provides mechanical circulatory support for cardiac patients, by inflating and deflating at different phases of the cardiac cycle to increase cardiac output and decrease the work of the heart. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Popular Nestle Frozen Foods May Contain Glass

On March 10, 2016, Nestlé USA recalled a number of DiGiorno, Lean Cuisine, and Stouffer’s products due to the potential presence of glass pieces. Nestlé USA is recalling these products because they may contain small pieces of glass that may cause injury. Although the investigation is ongoing, the company believes the source of the glass is spinach that was an ingredient common to the products subject to this recall. Nestlé USA is taking this action out of an abundance of caution after several consumers reported that they had found small pieces of glass in some of these products. Click title to continue reading...



Glass Particulates in IV Antibiotic; Possible Serious Injury

On March 9, 2016, Teva Pharmaceuticals recalled of one lot of amikacin sulfate injection USP, 1 gram/4mL (250 mg/mL) vials due to the potential presence of particulate matter identified as glass in one vial. The recalled lot is: #47509159/2017 with an individual pack NDC# of 0703-9040-01 Click title to continue reading...



Hispanics at Higher Risk of Lyme Disease; Tick Exposure at Work

Hispanics comprise a growing portion of the US population and might have distinct risk factors for tickborne diseases. During 2000–2013, a total of 5,473 Lyme disease (LD) cases were reported among Hispanics through national surveillance. Hispanics were more likely than non-Hispanics to have signs of disseminated infection and onset during fall months. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Orthopedic Surgeon Removed Fixation Device from Bone Graft; Expert Testimony Issues

A fifteen-year-old boy was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a common form of bone cancer in children, above the ankle in his right distal tibia. He underwent a procedure to remove the cancerous fragment of the bone and insert an allograft, a bone segment from a cadaver. The 6.5 cm allograft was attached to the remaining tibia by screwing a metal plate to the tibia and allograft. In addition to connecting the tibia and allograft, the plate, called a fixation device or hardware, supported the allograft because cadaver bones lack the strength of living bone. Click title to continue reading...



Sexual Assault Victim Fails to Show ER Nurse Disclosed Confidential Info

A thirteen-year-old girl was treated at a hospital after she was sexually assaulted. When she returned to school, students teased her about the sexual assault. Students said they had heard about the assault from a classmate who was the daughter of a nurse who worked in the emergency room (ER) at the hospital and was on duty at the time the girl was treated. Click title to continue reading...



VA Has Duty to Assist Obtaining Medical Records Regardless of Relevance

A veteran filed a claim for service-connected benefits for back and neck injuries. In connection with his claim, the man testified at a hearing before the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that he sought treatment in 1984 for back and neck pain at a VA medical facility, but that the doctors found nothing wrong with his back and neck. The VA denied his claim, finding that the medical evidence of record did not establish service-connection for his injuries. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Motion: Autism Terminology

As a special feature to our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative Memorandum in support of a motion in limine to exclude references to “mental retardation” in an action for medical malpractice, among other claims, which resulted in patient death from cardiac arrhythmia after kidney surgery. Click title to continue reading...