Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: August 01, 2016

IN THE NEWS


Angiographic Catheter Recalled for Tip Separation; Complications

On June 1, 2016, Stryker Sustainability Solutions (formerly Ascent Healthcare Solutions) recalled Angiodynamics Soft Vu Omni Flush Angiographic Catheters due to reports of separation of the tip of the catheter from the main body. Tip separation leads to loss of device function, possible surgical intervention to retrieve a separated segment, or other complications such as blocking blood flow to bodily organs. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Compounded HCG and Sermorelin Recalled for Lack of Sterility Assurance

On July 21, 2016, Talon Compounding Pharmacy voluntarily recalled all lots of lyophilized HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin; to stimulate secretion of estrogen and progesterone or ovulation) and sermorelin (growth hormone involving aging) aseptically compounded and packaged by TCP and that remain within expiry due to FDA concern over a lack of sterility assurance. Although no complaints of illness or injury have been received regarding the recalled lots, administration of a sterile drug product intended to be sterile that is compromised can result in health hazards including risk of serious infection or other complications. Click title to continue reading...



University of Mississippi Medical Center Pays $2.75 M-HIPAA Violations; Data Breach

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced on July 21, 2016, that the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) has agreed to settle multiple alleged violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR). OCR’s investigation of UMMC was triggered by a breach of unsecured electronic protected health information (“ePHI”) affecting approximately 10,000 individuals. Click title to continue reading...



Increased HCV in Women of Childbearing Age; Parental Transmission

Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection is a leading cause of liver-related morbidity and mortality. Transmission of HCV is primarily via parenteral blood exposure, and HCV can be transmitted vertically from mother to child. Vertical transmission occurs in 5.8% of infants born to women who are infected only with HCV and in up to twice as many infants born to women who are also infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or who have high HCV viral loads. There is currently no recommended intervention to prevent transmission of infection from mother to child. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Dismissal with Prejudice Too Harsh Discovery Sanction; Gallbladder Removal Surgery

After two visits to the emergency room (ER), a woman spoke to her doctor over the phone. The doctor arranged for the woman to have an ultrasound at the hospital. The woman presented to the hospital in pain and distress where she underwent an ultrasound. The ultrasound showed that she needed to have her gallbladder removed. Click title to continue reading...



Incorrectly Positioned Pacemaker Wire Results in Lifetime of Coumadin; Experts

A 64-year-old woman lost consciousness at her home. She was taken by ambulance to a hospital. A cardiothoracic surgeon at the hospital advised the woman that she needed a surgically implanted pacemaker and discussed the risks of the surgery with her. The woman informed the cardiothoracic surgeon about her medical history, which included open heart bypass surgery seven years earlier for which she was taking the anticoagulant medication Plavix. The woman agreed to the surgery, which took place the following day. Click title to continue reading...



Lawsuit Nondisclosure Before Prior Acts Coverage Added Was Misrepresentation; Rescission

A practicing physician was hired by a hospital. The physician purchased a claims made professional liability insurance policy, which provided coverage when a claim was made against the insured during the policy period, regardless of when the wrongful act that gave rise to the claim took place. Because the claims made professional liability insurance policy provided prior acts coverage, which covered claims that were first made during the policy period arising out of events that preceded the policy period, the physician did not purchase tail coverage, which would have provided coverage for claims that were first made after the policy period expired, but that were based on conduct that occurred prior to the policy’s expiration date, from his previous professional liability insurer. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Complaint: Stroke Malpractice

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative Complaint involving medical malpractice and negligence in the diagnosis and treatment of a plaintiff’s ischemic stroke. Click title to continue drinking...