Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: April 18, 2016

IN THE NEWS


Glucose Monitoring Alarms Fail; Possible Injury to Diabetics

On April 11, 2016, Dexcom Inc. recalled the G4 Platinum and G5 Mobile Continuous Glucose Monitoring Systems because the audible alarm may not activate in the receiver piece when low or high glucose levels (hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia) are detected. Relying on this product for notification of low or high blood sugar could result in serious adverse consequences, including death as the auditory alarm may not sound and users might not be notified of low or high blood sugar. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Hemostasis Valves Used in Catheterization Procedures Recalled Due to Air Leakage

On April 11, 2016, Vascular Solutions, Inc. initiated a nationwide recall of Guardian II hemostasis valves used in catheterization procedures. The recalled products are specific lots of Model Numbers 8210 and 8211. The products have been recalled because they pose an increased risk of air leakage that may lead to an air embolism, which could result in serious injury or death. Click title to continue reading...



FDA Approves Biosimilar Product for Arthritis and Other Indications

On April 11, 2016, the FDA approved a second biosimilar product— Inflectra is biosimilar to Janssen Biotech, Inc.’s Remicade (infliximab), which was originally licensed in 1998. Inflecta is used for multiple indications and is administered by intravenous infusion. The agency expects to approve other biosimilars in the future. The FDA approved Zarxio (filgrastim-sndz), a biosimilar to Neupogen (filgrastim), in March 2015. Neupogen is used to treat neutropenia, a lack of certain white blood cells caused by cancer or a bone marrow transplant. Click title to continue reading...



Sleep Deprivation in Teens Increases Injury-Related Risk Taking Behaviors

According to an April 8, 2016 CDC report, insufficient sleep is common among high school students and has been associated with an increased risk for motor vehicle crashes, sports injuries, and occupational injuries. To evaluate the association between self-reported sleep duration on an average school night and several injury-related risk behaviors (infrequent bicycle helmet use, infrequent seatbelt use, riding with a driver who had been drinking, drinking and driving, and texting while driving) among U.S. high school students, the CDC analyzed data from 50,370 high school students (grades 9 to 12) who participated in the national Youth Risk Behavior Surveys (YRBSs) in 2007, 2009, 2011, or 2013. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Punitive Damages Issue for Jury; Failure to Treat Pressure Sores

A motor vehicle accident rendered an eighteen-year-old man quadriplegic. When he was transferred from the hospital to the long-term care hospital, he had a wound on his sacrum. During his yearlong stay at the long-term care hospital, the wound progressed to a Stage III pressure sore. Despite proper treatment at another facility after he was transferred from the long-term care hospital, the wound did not heal for approximately six months. The wound area remained painful and re-opened easily, requiring the man to return to bed from his wheelchair every four to six hours to relieve the pressure. Click title to continue reading...



Award for Midwife Misreading Nonstress Test Leading to Stillbirth; Experts Differed

A woman who was 38 weeks pregnant complained of decreased fetal movement. She was referred to a certified nurse midwife (CNM) for a nonstress test to ascertain the health of the fetus. After the defendant performed the nonstress test, the CNM found it to be “reactive,” or normal, in that there were sufficient increases in the fetal heart rate (FHR) over a period of time. Three days later, the woman delivered a stillborn infant with a “tightly wound” nuchal cord (the umbilical cord wrapped around the infant’s neck). Click title to continue reading...



Jury Charge Mentioning No-Fault Statute Not Fatal to Verdict

A woman's car was rear-ended and she suffered from whiplash. Her orthopedist recommended physical therapy and consultation with a pain management specialist. She underwent two or three physical therapy treatments. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Autism: Limited Guardianship

As a special feature to our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing a Listing for determination of an autistic person’s eligibility for a guardian, the qualification of the guardian, and the procedure for appointment of the guardian. Included is an illustrative Report concerning the incapacity of a person with autism and the recommendation of a limited guardianship. Click title to continue reading...