Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: March 06, 2017

IN THE NEWS


New Fast Bloodstream Infection Test; Includes Antibiotic Sensitivity

On February 23, 2017, the FDA allowed marketing of the PhenoTest BC Kit performed on the Pheno System. This is the first test to identify organisms that cause bloodstream infections and provide information about antibiotics that the organism is likely to respond to, known as an organism’s antibiotic sensitivity. The test also reduces the amount of time it takes to provide this important information, which can guide antibiotic treatment recommendations more quickly. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Injectable “Latex Free” Products Recall; May Contain Latex

On February 24, 2017, Advanced Pharma, Inc. d/b/a Avella of Houston recalled all unexpired sterile injectable products labeled “latex free” that were produced at Advanced Pharma, Inc.’s Houston location between September 1, 2016, and February 16, 2017, because the products may contain synthetic latex and/or natural latex. Click title to continue reading...



Antibiotic Treatment Test for Respiratory Tract Infections

On February 23, 2017, the FDA cleared the expanded use of the Vidas Brahms PCT Assay to help health care providers determine if antibiotic treatment should be started or stopped in patients with lower respiratory tract infections, such as community-acquired pneumonia, and stopped in patients with sepsis. Click title to continue reading...



Law and Policy on Zika Preparedness and Response

A new resource published on February 16, 2017, by the CDC’s Public Health Law Program described and commented on law and policy responses to the Zika virus outbreak. As of February 22, 2017, 5,041 cases of Zika virus disease had been reported in the United States and Washington, DC, and another 37,447 had been reported in US territories, such as Puerto Rico. Click title to continue reading... 


  CASE ALERTS


Heart Attack after Gallbladder Surgery; No Summary Judgment

A 61-year-old man underwent gallbladder surgery. During the procedure and postoperatively the man was under the care of an anesthesiologist. In the hours following the surgery, the man suffered a cardiopulmonary arrest, resulting in severe and anoxic brain injury, leaving him permanently ventilated in a near vegetative or vegetative state. Click title to continue reading...



Arbitration Agreement, by Post-Stroke 83-Year-Old with Neurological Deficit, Void

An 83-year-old man was admitted to a nursing home from the hospital, where he had been admitted after suffering a stroke. The man arrived at the nursing home on a stretcher. The man had been diagnosed with various serious health conditions including difficulty walking, dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), generalized muscle weakness, cerebrovascular disease, congestive heart failure, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, and unspecified tachycardia. Click title to continue reading...



Insurer’s Report of Employee’s Substance Abuse, No Breach of Fiduciary Duty

A man started taking OxyContin for chronic neck pain caused by a car accident. The man continued to take OxyContin for approximately two years. After approximately two years, the man visited a pain specialist who documented the man’s chief complaint as “addiction to narcotics.” Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Complaint: Gestational Diabetes Treatment Malpractice

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative Complaint for medical malpractice regarding the treatment of gestational diabetes. In this illustrative pleading, a patient suffering from gestational diabetes experienced extended labor during which the fetus was in extreme distress. Click title to continue reading...