Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: October 17, 2016

IN THE NEWS


Antivirals for Hepatitis C May Risk Reactivating Hep B

On October 4, 2016, the FDA issued a warning about the risk of hepatitis B virus (HBV) becoming an active infection again in any patient who has a current or previous infection with HBV and is treated with certain direct-acting antiviral (DAA) medicines for hepatitis C virus. In a few cases, HBV reactivation in patients treated with DAA medicines resulted in serious liver problems or death. HBV reactivation usually occurred within four to eight weeks. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Homeopathic Teething Tablets, Gels Pose Belladona Risk to Infants

On September 30, 2016, the FDA warned consumers that homeopathic teething tablets and gels may pose a risk to infants and children. The FDA is analyzing adverse events reported to the agency since 2010 regarding homeopathic teething tablets and gels, including seizures in infants and children who were given these products. Homeopathic teething tablets and gels are distributed by CVS, Hyland’s, and possibly others, and are sold in retail stores and online. Click title to continue reading...



I.V. Flush Syringes Linked to Bloodstream Infections, Respiratory Risks

On October 4, 2016, Nurse Assist announced a voluntary recall of all unexpired lots of I.V. Flush Syringes due to a potential link to Burkholderia cepacia (also called B. cepacia) bloodstream infections with the product. According to the CDC, the effects on people of B. cepacia, a group of bacteria that can be found in soil and water and are often resistant to common antibiotics, “vary widely, ranging from no symptoms at all to serious respiratory infections, especially in patients with cystic fibrosis.” Click title to continue reading...



Quarter of Adults with Arthritis Suffer from Severe Joint Pain

In a report published by the CDC on October 7, 2016, researchers from the CDC analyzed data from the Health Interview Survey to determine the prevalence of severe joint pain (SJP) among adults with doctor diagnosed arthritis and the trend in SJP from 2002 to 2014. In the United States, arthritis is a leading cause of disability. Arthritis affected an estimated 52.5 million adults in 2010 to 2012 and has been projected to affect 78.4 million adults by 2040. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Child Is Indispensable Party to Parents’ Claim for Birth Injuries

The parents sued several health care defendants for medical negligence to recover their damages arising from injuries to their minor child before, during, and after her birth. The parents did not sue on behalf of their daughter. Because as parents, they were responsible for the child’s medical care, they sought recovery of her past and future medical expenses through her 18th birthday. Click title to continue reading...



Failure to Provide Causation Expert Results in No Liability for Death from Meningitis

A 29-year-old woman went to the emergency room (ER). She complained of a severe headache that had started the previous morning, as well as nausea and dizziness. A CT scan of her brain showed no abnormalities. The woman was diagnosed with a migraine headache, given some pain medication, and told to return to the ER if her condition worsened or changed. Click title to continue reading...



Damages of $883,000 Upheld Against Hospital for Bed Sore

A man was admitted to the hospital for surgery to remove a pancreatic pseudocyst, a collection of fluid around the pancreas that arises after acute or chronic pancreatitis. Two days later, the man developed on his buttocks a decubitus ulcer, an injury to the skin and underlying tissue resulting from prolonged pressure on the skin, also called a pressure ulcer or bed sore. The wound developed into a stage IV decubitus ulcer extending from the surface of the man’s skin to the bone. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Summary Judgment-Hearing Loss

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment in a medical malpractice action for hearing loss. The minor patient was seen at the defendant medical center for a popcorn kernel stuck in the patient’s ear. During the removal procedure the patient’s ear drum was perforated, and as a result of the treatment, the prescription of neomycin drops, the minor patient incurred a hearing loss. Click title to continue reading...