Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: November 14, 2016

IN THE NEWS


Samsung Recalls 2.8M Washing Machines; Impact Injuries

On November 4, 2016, Samsung recalled its top-load washing machines because the washing machine top can unexpectedly detach from the washing machine chassis during use, posing a risk of injury from impact. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


FDA Encourages Development of Abuse Deterrent Opioids

On October 28, 2016, Douglas C. Throckmorton, M.D., of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research said the FDA is working to be part of the solution to the opioid abuse epidemic, but there is no single solution to this complex problem. The agency is encouraging efforts to develop new opioid formulations with abuse-deterrent properties that make it harder to abuse these powerful medications. Opioids with abuse-deterrent properties are tablets or capsules that are designed to deter abusers from crushing them into a powder for swallowing, snorting, or injecting to create a faster, more intense high. Click title to continue reading...



Heartburn Medications with Aspirin Risks: Bleeding, Fractures, C. difficile

On November 3, 2016, the FDA warned consumers about the risk of serious bleeding when using nonprescription, aspirin-containing antacid products to treat heartburn, sour stomach, acid indigestion, or upset stomach. Many other products for these conditions are available that do not contain aspirin. Heartburn is among the most common gastrointestinal symptoms presenting to both generalist physicians and gastroenterologists. Many products to treat this are available, but risks are present also. Click title to continue reading...



First Cases of Fatal Nosocomial Drug-Resistant Fungal Infection

Thirteen cases of Candida auris (C. auris), a serious and sometimes fatal fungal infection that is emerging globally, have been identified in the United States, according to a November 4, 2016, announcement by the CDC. Seven of the cases occurred between May 2013 and August 2016 and are described in a new CDC report. The other six cases were identified after the period covered by the report and are still under investigation. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Founder’s Testimony Inadmissible on Standard of Care; Cosmetic Surgery

A woman underwent liposuction, buttock augmentation, and abdominoplasty surgery. After she was discharged, the woman presented to the emergency room (ER) complaining of abdominal pain. She was discharged after an ER doctor determined that her abdominal x-ray was unremarkable. A radiologist who later reviewed the same abdominal x-ray could not rule out the possibility of free air in her abdomen, which could be a normal postoperative condition or could indicate a more serious issue. The radiologist recommended a CT scan and posted this opinion in the woman’s electronic medical record. Click title to continue reading...



Neurologist Who Googled Term Unqualified to Testify that Heart Caused Death; Cranioplasty

A five-month-old girl suffered a skull fracture. As the fracture expanded over time, a cyst formed in the area. The fracture and cyst did not become a cause for concern until, at the age of 17, she was hit in the head and suffered a loss of consciousness, blurred vision, and dizziness. CT and MRI scans confirmed the extent of the fracture and the cyst. Click title to continue reading...



Surgical Center Not Vicariously Liable for Podiatrist’s Decision

A man sought the care of a podiatrist for a bunion, a painful swelling on the lowest joint of the big toe, also called hallux valgus. The podiatrist recommended surgery. At a second visit, the podiatrist performed a preoperative evaluation. At this appointment, the man signed three forms labeled patient information, patient’s rights, and consent. All three forms had in the heading the name of the surgical center where the procedure would be performed. The consent form expressly dealt with the surgical center including payment for its services from insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Complaint: Gastric Surgery Malpractice

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative Medical Negligence Complaint involving a plaintiff who underwent a gastric resection. During the course of the operation, the defendant physicians and surgeons negligently perforated the plaintiff's esophagus, deposited and left a clamp in the plaintiff's abdomen, and instead of “curing” the plaintiff's underlying stomach disorder aggravated it. Click title to continue reading...