Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: November 28, 2016

IN THE NEWS


Permanent Birth Control Intended for Sterilization; Adverse Events

On November 15, 2016, the FDA took three steps to address adverse events related to the Essure System for Permanent Birth Control, a hysteroscopic tubal sterilization device. First, the FDA ordered the manufacturer, Bayer, to conduct a postmarket surveillance study to obtain more data about Essure’s benefits and risks. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Drug for Postmenopausal Women With Pain During Sex Approved

On November 17, 2016, the FDA approved Intrarosa (prasterone) to treat women experiencing moderate to severe pain during sexual intercourse (dyspareunia), a symptom of vulvar and vaginal atrophy (VVA), due to menopause. Intrarosa is the first FDA approved product containing the active ingredient prasterone, which is also known as dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). Click title to continue reading...



Surgeon General Issues Landmark Report on Substance Use Disorders, Addictions

On November 17, 2016, the Surgeon General issued a report finding alcohol and drug misuse and severe substance use disorders, commonly called addiction, to be one of America’s most pressing public health concerns. Nearly 21 million Americans – more than the number of people who have all cancers combined – suffer from substance use disorders. Click title to continue reading...



Deaths Are Preventable Among Leading Causes of Death

On November 18, 2016, the CDC published a report comparing the rate of potentially preventable deaths in the United States between 2010 in 2014. The report found that death rates by specific causes vary across the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The CDC analyzed National Vital Statistics System data to provide national and state-specific estimates of potentially preventable deaths among the five leading causes of death in 2014 and compared these estimates with estimates previously published for 2010. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Untimely Retained Surgical Sponge Claim Not Saved by Discovery Rule

A woman underwent a total vaginal hysterectomy. Subsequently, the woman experienced pain and discomfort in her pelvis and vagina. Eleven months later, the physician who performed the total vaginal hysterectomy performed an ultrasound and laparoscopy. Click title to continue reading...



Ophthalmologist Failed to Diagnose Retinitis Pigmentosa; Post-LASIK Tunnel Vision

A man presented to an ophthalmologist to obtain a referral for LASIK (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) surgery, a type of refractive eye surgery that permanently changes the shape of the cornea to improve vision and reduce a person's need for glasses or contact lenses. The ophthalmologist conducted an examination to determine if the man was an appropriate candidate for the procedure. The ophthalmologist referred the man to a LASIK surgeon for the procedure. Click title to continue reading...



Tolling for Mediation Applies to Medical Negligence Death Claims; Gestational Diabetes

A woman presented to her doctor complaining of difficulty conceiving and menstrual bleeding, which had been heavier and more prolonged than normal. On her medical history forms, the woman noted that her grandmother had diabetes. Two months after her initial appointment, the doctor confirmed that the woman was pregnant. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Defendant Response: Infection Malpractice Summary Judgment

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative Physician and Nurse’s Response to Malpractice Summary Judgment Motion in an action involving a patient’s hysterectomy surgery, during which a towel was left in the patient’s abdomen, and the patient’s later abdominal infection. In this case, the towel was used for the retraction of the intestines during the surgery of the obese patient. The towel was discovered only after a later hemorrhoidectomy. Click title to continue reading...