Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: August 08, 2016

IN THE NEWS


Warning of Powerful Antibiotic Side Effects (Cipro and Others)

On July 26, 2016, the FDA approved safety labeling changes for a class of antibiotics, called fluoroquinolones, to enhance warnings about their association with disabling and potentially permanent side effects and to limit their use in patients with less serious bacterial infections. FDA-approved fluoroquinolones include levofloxacin (Levaquin), ciprofloxacin (Cipro), ciprofloxacin extended-release tablets, moxifloxacin (Avelox), ofloxacin (generic brand) and gemifloxacin (Factive). Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Defective Breathing Support Ventilator Recalled; May Cause Patient Death

On July 28, 2016, the FDA has classified CareFusion’s recall of its AVEA ventilator as a Class I recall, which is the most serious type of recall. Class I recalls involve situations in which there is a reasonable probability that use of the product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death. Click title to continue reading...



Zika Virus Affecting Blood Supply; Florida Prevention Measures

On July 28, 2016, Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, issued a statement regarding the effect of the Zika virus on the nation’s blood supply. Dr. Marks began by stating that the FDA is tasked with taking important steps to respond to Zika cases in the United States. One of the agency’s key public health responsibilities is to help ensure the safety of the nation’s blood supply. Click title to continue reading...



One Quarter of Adults Suffer from Multiple Chronic Conditions; Geographic Disparities

The prevalence and care management of multiple (two or more) chronic conditions (MCC) are important public health concerns. Approximately 25% of U.S. adults have MCC, meaning they have been diagnosed with two or more of the following: arthritis, asthma, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), coronary heart disease, diabetes, hepatitis, hypertension, stroke, or weak or failing kidneys. Care management of MCC presents a challenge to both patients and providers because of the substantial costs associated with treating more than one condition and the traditional care strategies that focus on single conditions as opposed to enhanced care coordination. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Deficient Expert Report; MRSA Infection Malpractice; Heart Valve

A man suffered a penetrating injury to his right radial artery and sought treatment at a hospital emergency room (ER). An ER doctor sutured the wound and discharged the man. He returned two days later complaining of vomiting and increased swelling in his right arm. The same ER doctor discharged the man with instructions. The man returned to the ER 23 days later for a non-healing wound on his arm. He was treated by a different doctor and referred to a vascular surgeon. He underwent extensive vascular surgery the following day. Click title to continue reading...



Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer; Error in Judgment Charge

A woman presented to a surgeon with a lump in her left breast. The surgeon diagnosed the woman with a benign condition that he considered “not urgent.” The surgeon neither suspected cancer nor considered the option of sending the woman for further diagnostic testing. Click title to continue reading...



Long-Term Disability Benefits Denied in Part Due to Gap Between Work and Leave

A lawyer suffered from degenerative disease of her cervical spine. Her last work hours were recorded. The attorney claimed that she was disabled from the day after her last work hours onward. She remained on the payroll for 15 more days, when her employer-approved six-month leave of absence began. She applied for long-term disability benefits. Her employer’s long-term disability insurer denied the application finding that her coverage had ended four months before she applied and that she was able to perform her job four months before she applied. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Expert Affidavit-Stroke

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative plaintiff’s expert affidavit for the medical malpractice of an emergency physician,and the hospital employing the physician, involving a stroke-related injury. Click title to continue reading...