Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: January 23, 2017

IN THE NEWS


Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities in St. Jude Medical’s Cardiac Devices

On January 9, 2017, the FDA provided information and recommendations regarding St. Jude Medical’s radio frequency (RF)-enabled implantable cardiac devices and Merlin@home Transmitter in an effort to reduce the risk of patient harm due to cybersecurity vulnerabilities. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Fujifilm Duodenoscopes Removed From Clinical Use

On January 13, 2017, the FDA announced that Fuji informed the FDA of its plans to remove legacy 250/450 duodenoscope models from clinical use. Fuji will replace the 250/450 duodenoscope models, in addition to necessary accessories (i.e., brushes), with the ED-530XT model at no cost. Click title to continue reading...



Implantable Infusion Pumps, Serious Adverse Events in MRIs

On January 11, 2017, the FDA announced it received reports of serious adverse events, including patient injury and death, associated with the use of implantable infusion pumps in the magnetic resonance (MR) environment. These reports describe medication dosing inaccuracies (e.g., over-infusion or under-infusion, unintended bolus) and other mechanical problems with the pump (e.g., motor stall, pump not restarting after a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) exam). Click title to continue reading...



State-Level Economic Burdens of Injury-Associated Deaths

A new study published by the CDC on January 13, 2017, reported that the economic burdens of injury-associated deaths vary widely among the states. Injury-associated deaths have substantial economic consequences in the United States. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Failure to Timely Diagnose, Treat Ectopic Pregnancy Causing Ruptured Fallopian Tube

After a positive home pregnancy test, a 30-year-old woman, who previously gave birth to three children and had an ectopic pregnancy that resulted in the removal of her right fallopian tube, went to see a primary care doctor. The primary care doctor ordered a test for beta human chorionic gonadotropin (BhCG), a hormone produced in the body during pregnancy. Click title to continue reading...



Median Nerve Damage after Carpal Tunnel Release Surgery

A woman underwent carpal tunnel release surgery. The carpal tunnel is a canal on the palm side of the wrist. The retinaculum is the ligament that covers the carpal tunnel. The median nerve passes underneath the retinaculum and through the carpal tunnel. Small bundles of nerve fibers, called fascicles, are located within the median nerve. Click title to continue reading...



Failure to Establish “Serious Injury” Under New York Law; Spine

A man was injured in a motor vehicle accident, and he sued the other driver. The complaint alleged that the motor vehicle accident seriously injured the man’s lumbar spine. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Neurologist’s Motion to Dismiss Parkinson’s Complaint

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff’s Complaint involving medical malpractice regarding the misdiagnosis of Parkinson’s disease and failure to properly treat the patient. Click title to continue reading...