Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: June 06, 2016

IN THE NEWS


Capnostream Patient Oxygen Monitor Batteries May Cause Fire; 9,000 Recalled

On May 27, 2016, Medtronic Respiratory & Monitoring Solutions recalled the battery packs that power the monitor of the Capnostream 20 and Capnostream 20p due to the risk of fire. A manufacturing defect that causes an increase in temperature within the battery may cause a fire in the system monitor. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Blood Transfer Device; Potential Serious Blood Loss to Infants

On May 26, 2016, Hummingbird Med Devices Inc. recalled the Hummi Micro-Draw Blood Transfer Device because the Y-shaped connector and the yellow tube may disconnect from each other prior to or during use on an infant. This could lead to blood or fluid leakage. Blood or fluid loss may result in serious adverse health consequences, including death of the infant. Click title to continue reading...



New Treatment for Relapsing Forms of Multiple Sclerosis; Severe Side Effects

On May 27, 2016, the FDA approved Zinbryta (daclizumab) for the treatment of adults with relapsing forms of multiple sclerosis (MS). Zinbryta is a long-acting injection that is self- administered by the patient monthly. Zinbryta is manufactured by Biogen, Inc. of Cambridge, MA. Click title to continue reading...



Work-Related Vehicle Crashes Deadly for Workers Age 55 and Older; Risk Factors

On May 27, 2016, the CDC’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) released a new web resource to help employers and workers adopt practices that keep workers age 55 or older safe on the road. Work-related crashes are twice as deadly for workers age 55 and older compared with younger co-workers. This release coincides with Older Americans Month and aligns with the NIOSH Center for Motor Vehicle Safety’s goal to prevent work-related motor vehicle crashes and resulting injuries. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Nursing Home Waived Arbitration of Pressure Sores, Death Claims

A woman enrolled her eighty-five-year-old mother who was in good health in a nursing home. The daughter held a general power of attorney for her mother. Upon the mother’s admission to the nursing home, the daughter signed an arbitration agreement with the nursing home on her mother’s behalf. Click title to continue reading...



Puncture Sealing After Cardiac Catheterization Results in Amputation; Evidence Admissible

A man presented to a medical facility with chest pain. He was transferred to a hospital and underwent cardiac catheterization via a left groin entry site. At the end of the procedure an interventional cardiologist who performed the cardiac catheterization used a Duett sealing device to close the puncture site of the left femoral artery. A Duett sealing device is a single-use, disposable, medical device used during surgery that stops bleeding from the femoral artery puncture site following the passage of the catheter (a thin hollow tube) through the blood vessel. Click title to continue reading...



Health Insureds’ Class Action Settlement Fair, Reasonable

Individuals who had health insurance were injured. The insureds received, or were entitled to receive, benefits from an automobile liability police. The insureds submitted claims that their insurers denied based upon exclusions contained in their health insurance policies. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Pleadings: Healthcare-Associated Infection

As a special feature to our Premium subscribers we have included an illustrative Complaint and Answer in a negligence action against a hospital for a patient’s injury from a hospital-acquired superbug, an antibiotic-resistant MRSA infection. Click title to continue reading...