Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: February 13, 2017

IN THE NEWS


Rare but Serious Allergic Reaction to Skin Antiseptic

On February 2, 2017, the FDA warned that rare but serious allergic reactions have been reported with the widely used skin antiseptic products containing chlorhexidine gluconate. Although rare, the number of reports of serious allergic reactions to these products has increased over the last several years. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


First Newborn Screening System for Detection of Four Rare Metabolic Disorders

On February 3, 2017, the FDA permitted marketing of the Seeker System for the screening of four rare Lysosomal Storage Disorders (LSDs) in newborns. The Seeker system is designed to detect Mucopolysaccharidosis Type I (MPS I), Pompe disease, Gaucher disease, and Fabry disease. It is the first newborn screening test permitted to be marketed by the FDA for these disorders. Click title to continue reading...



Thin-Walled Guiding Sheath Recall; Defect Could Cause Excessive Bleeding or Death

On January 30, 2017, Bard Peripheral Vascular Inc. recalled the Halo One Thin-Walled Guiding Sheath because the sheath body may separate from the sheath hub while removing the device from the patient’s leg. The company also reported that the sheath may kink, and that its tip may become damaged during the procedure. Click title to continue reading...



Hospital-Acquired Yeast Pathogen Not Controlled by Antifungals; Biofilm Concern

A new study published by the CDC in February 2017 reported that, due to its ability to form biofilm, the spread and prevalence of the highly virulent, multidrug-resistant, yeast pathogen Candida auris (C. auris) in hospital environments is not likely to be controlled with standard antifungal approaches. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Fusion of Wrong Vertebrae Sounded in Negligence Not Battery

A man underwent a posterior cervical fusion and foraminotomy in order to relieve his back pain. Foraminotomy is a medical operation used to relieve pressure on nerves that are being compressed by the intervertebral foramina, the passages through the bones of the vertebrae of the spine that pass nerve bundles to the body from the spinal cord. Click title to continue reading...



But for Causation, Contributory Negligence Apply to Failure to Diagnose Melanoma

A man saw his primary care provider complaining of a lesion on the plantar surface of his left foot that arose after a puncture wound. The primary care provider arranged an appointment with a podiatrist. The podiatrist examined the man the same day and diagnosed the lesion as a pyogenic granuloma, a benign, relatively common skin growth that is small, round, usually blood-red in color, and tends to bleed because it contains a very large number of blood vessels. Click title to continue reading...



Unnecessary Coronary Artery Stent Placement Claims Barred

A woman underwent a coronary artery stent procedure in which coronary artery stents were inserted into the left anterior descending artery and her mid circumflex artery. Click title to continue working...


FEATURE


Complaint: Gestational Diabetes Drug Injury

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative Products Liability Complaint for a pregnant woman’s injury from a drug manufacturer’s drug resulting in gestational diabetes. Click title to continue reading...