Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: March 28, 2016

IN THE NEWS


FDA Proposes Ban on Powdered Medical Gloves; Allergies, Inflammation, Adhesions

On March 21, 2016, the FDA announced a proposal to ban most powdered gloves in the United States. While use of these gloves is decreasing, they pose an unreasonable and substantial risk of illness or injury to health care providers, patients and other individuals who are exposed to them. This cannot be corrected through new or updated labeling. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Laryngoscope Recall Due To Video Feed Disruption; Possible Intubation Failures

On March 18, 2016, Verathon Incorporated recalled the GlideScope Titanium Single-Use Video Laryngoscope because of a potential disruption in the video feed from the camera in the laryngoscope blades to the monitor. A disrupted or unstable video image may lead to delayed tracheal tube insertion, intubation failure and other serious adverse health consequences, including low levels of oxygen in the blood (hypoxemia), end organ damage, or death. Click title to continue reading...



FDA Approves New Cleaning for Duodenoscopes; Infection Transmission Prevention

On March 5, 2016, Olympus Corporation of the Americas (Olympus) issued updated, validated manual reprocessing instructions for the TJF-160F and TJF-160VF duodenoscope models to replace those provided in the original device labeling. Click title to continue reading...



CDC Releases Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain; Overdose Epidemic

As part of the U.S. government’s urgent response to the epidemic of overdose deaths, on March 15, 2016, the CDC issued new recommendations for prescribing opioid medications for chronic pain, excluding cancer, palliative, and end-of-life care. The CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, United States, 2016 will help primary care providers ensure the safest and most effective treatment for their patients. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Failure to Maintain Surgical Instrument Sterilization Equipment Is Healthcare Claim

A man underwent spinal surgery. After the procedure, he developed an infection, osteomyelitis, and the infecting organism was mycobacterium fortuitum. Click title to continue reading...



Court Gives Patient Safety Documents to Plaintiff Before Privilege Ruling Appeal

An infant was born with brain damage and quadriplegia, among other conditions. The family sued the hospital for medical negligence. During the course of discovery, the family requested production from the hospital of various hospital documents relating to patient safety— documents the hospital was required by law to create and maintain involving the post-occurrence review and peer-review process. Click title to continue reading...



Insurer Late Denial of Coverage-Drunk Driving Exclusion; Hospital Sues for Care Cost

A man was in a car accident and was treated in a hospital’s acute care facility. The man had a member identification card that indicated the man had health care coverage through an insurer. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Insurance Provisions-Autism

As a special feature to our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing illustrative Insurance Policy Provisions for individual accident and health insurance concerning autism screening, diagnosis, and treatment coverage. Click title to continue reading...