Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: October 24, 2016

IN THE NEWS


Outbreak of Deadly Infections in Heart Surgery Patients From Heater-Cooler Systems

On October 13, 2016, the FDA updated its June 1, 2016, Safety Communication to provide new information aboutMycobacterium chimaera (M. chimaera) infections associated with the use of the Stöckert 3T Heater-Cooler System (3T) in U.S. patients who have undergone cardiothoracic surgeries. Stöckert 3T heater-cooler devices represent approximately 60% of the U.S. market. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Implantable Defibrillator Batteries in Pacmakers May Fail Early

On October 11, 2016, the FDA and St. Jude Medical alerted patients, patient-caregivers, and physicians to respond immediately to Elective Replacement Indicator (ERI) alerts from Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators (ICDs) and Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy Defibrillators (CRT-Ds) made by St. Jude Medical. Due to problems with these batteries, patients do not have the normal 3-month lead time for device replacement. Some batteries have run out within 24 hours of the patient receiving an ERI alert. Click title to continue reading...



Automatic External Defibrillator Electrodes Recalled

On October 14, 2016, Leonhard Lang recalled its 50028 Defibrillation Electrode SKINTACT DF29N due to a connector compatibility issue with the Welch Allyn AED model 10. The user may not be able to connect the electrodes to the defibrillator when a shock is needed. This may result in a delay in delivering the electrical therapy needed to revive a patient in cardiac arrest. Click title to continue reading...



Black Women Get Breast Cancer Less Frequently, But Die More

Breast cancer death rates among women decreased during 2010-2014, but racial differences persisted, according to a study by the CDC published October 13, 2016. The findings show changes for death rates from breast cancer by age group for black and white women, the groups with the highest death rates in the United States. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Summary Judgment for Neurosurgeon, Radiologists in Failure to Diagnose Infection

A woman underwent three surgical procedures to evacuate a cyst on her pituitary gland. Less than a month after her third surgery, the woman was admitted to the hospital with complaints of headache, photophobia, and weakness. The woman was admitted to the hospital through her primary care physician. Click title to continue reading...



FDA Warning-Black Salve Is Fake Cancer Cure-Found Irrelevant for Blemish Use Injury

A patient presented to a naturopathic physician for a thyroid issue and discussed an irruption or blemish on her nose and her desire to remove it. The following months, the patient returned to the naturopathic physician’s office where he applied to the patient’s nose black salve, an escharotic agent - a caustic or corrosive substance that has the strength to burn tissue. The naturopathic physician sent the patient home with instructions to return. A few days later, the patient returned, and the naturopathic physician reapplied black salve to her nose. Click title to continue reading...



Summary Judgment on Medical Necessity, Expert’s Affirmation for Insurance Assignment

Two people insured by a no-fault insurance carrier were injured in covered accidents. They received medical care for the injuries they sustained. They assigned their right to recover from there no-fault insurance carrier to the doctors who provided their medical care. As a result of master arbitration awards the insureds’ doctors were awarded more than $5000 from the no-fault insurance carrier. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Complaint: Hearing Loss Malpractice

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative Complaint for Malpractice involving a hearing loss after surgery consisting of right middle ear exploration with removal of cholesteatoma (a noncancerous skin growth that can develop in the middle section of the ear, behind the eardrum) and for ossiculoplasty (repair of damaged middle ear bones, the ossicles, with artificial bones or to reshape the bones already there to improve the movement of the ossicles for better hearing). Click title to continue reading...