Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: October 31, 2016

IN THE NEWS


Tracheostomy Tubes May Disconnect During Use Preventing Patient Ventilation

On October 20, 2016, Teleflex recalled the Willy Rusch Tracheostomy Tube Set due to the possibility that the connector may disconnect from the tracheostomy tube during use on a ventilated patient. If the connector detaches from the tracheostomy tube shaft during use, it can deprive the patient of adequate ventilation. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Advanced Soft Tissue Sarcoma Drug Approval

The FDA on October 19, 2016, granted accelerated approval to Lartruvo (olaratumab) with doxorubicin to treat adults with certain types of soft tissue sarcoma (STS), which are cancers that develop in muscles, fat, tendons, or other soft tissues. Lartruvo is approved for use with the FDA-approved chemotherapy drug doxorubicin for the treatment of patients with STS who cannot be cured with radiation or surgery and who have a type of STS for which an anthracycline (chemotherapy) is an appropriate treatment. Click title to continue reading...



Devices’ Coating Detaches, Fragments Cause Clots; Worldwide Recall

On October 14, 2016, Medtronic recalled certain lots of five of its products: (1) Pipeline embolization device, (2) Alligator retrieval device, (3) X-Celerator hydrophilic guidewire, (4) the stylet containing UltraFlow flow directed micro catheters, and (5) Marathon flow directed micro catheters. These products are produced, marketed and sold by Medtronic's Neurovascular business, which is part of the Brain Therapies division in the company's Restorative Therapies Group. Click title to continue reading...



Insurer’s Opioid Utilization Plan Decreases Opioid Prescriptions

According to a CDC report published on October 21, 2016, during the first three years after Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) implemented a new prescription opioid utilization policy, the average monthly prescribing rate for opioids decreased almost 15%, from 34 per 1,000 members to 29. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Claims of Negligent Credentialing Not Subject to Malpractice Statutory Damages Cap

A 34-year-old woman with Down syndrome collapsed at home. Her parents took her to the emergency room (ER). The ER doctor diagnosed the woman with focal motor seizure, a seizure involving an increase or decrease in muscle contraction, which initially affected only one hemisphere of her brain. The ER doctor ordered the administration of anti-seizure medication and a CT scan. The CT scan was reported as normal. Click title to continue reading...



Untimely Mid-Trial Objection to Expert Based on Insufficient Pretrial Disclosure

A man presented to a hospital with symptoms of pneumonia. He was admitted to a unit of the hospital that did not continuously monitor patients’ vital signs. The man died early the next morning. The autopsy report identified the cause of death as bronchopneumonia complicated by diabetes. Click title to continue reading...



Damages Not Amount Medical Finance Co. Pays to Acquire Lien; Recovery for Amount Billed

While driving his vehicle, a man collided with an uninsured woman’s car. Although the woman experienced pain shortly after the collision, she tried to work that same night at the restaurant she, her husband, and a friend co-owned. Unable to do the work, she was forced to leave early. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Feature: Motion for Approval of Settlement

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative Motion for Approval of Settlement in an action for congenital deafness malpractice. The plaintiff alleged the defendant physician’s standard of care required immediate identification and treatment of the infant’s congenital deafness when the infant failed a newborn hearing screen. Click title to continue reading...