Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: March 20, 2017

IN THE NEWS


Risks of Balloon Angioplasty in Venous System; Not Approved Use

On March 6, 2017, the FDA alerted the public about an experimental procedure called Transvascular Autonomic Modulation (TVAM). This procedure may put patients at risk because it has not been formally studied in clinical trials. The procedure uses balloon angioplasty devices outside the scope of the FDA-approved indications for use. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Transplant Organ Preservation Solution Recall, Contamination

On March 9, 2017, the FDA warned that SPS-1 Static Preservation Solution (SPS-1) manufactured and distributed by Organ Recovery Systems, Inc., may be contaminated with infectious bacteria. Click title to continue reading...



Over 50,000 Defibrillators Recalled, Unexpected Shut Down

On March 8, 2017, the FDA announced the recall of the LIFEPAK 1000 defibrillator. Physio-Control is recalling the LIFEPAK 1000 due to an electrical issue which may cause the device to shut down unexpectedly during patient treatment. Physio-Control has determined that wear and oxidation formation between the battery and device electrical contacts may cause power interruptions. Click title to continue reading...



Arthritis Attributable Activity Limitations Up Despite Aging Population

On March 7, 2017, the CDC published a report that found that more than 24 million adults with arthritis have activity limitations from their disease. The percentage of adults with arthritis who have activity limitations grew from 35.9% in 2002 to 42.8% in 2014, a significant increase of 20% overall that is independent of the aging of the population. The everyday activities of these adults, such as holding a cup, lifting a grocery bag, or walking to a car, are limited by arthritis. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Chromic Suture Use Not Proximate Cause of Rectovaginal Fistula

A woman presented to the hospital to give birth. The woman suffered a shoulder dystocia delivery, a delivery that required additional obstetric maneuvers to release the infant’s shoulders after gentle downward traction failed because the infant’s shoulder impacted on the mother’s pelvic bones. Click title to continue reading...



Nursing Home Arbitration Agreement Enforceable Against Wrongful Death Beneficiaries

A woman was admitted to a nursing home. The woman’s daughter, who held a general power of attorney, signed an arbitration agreement upon the woman’s admission to the nursing home. The arbitration agreement stated that it would apply to wrongful death beneficiaries. Specifically, the arbitration agreement contains the following definition. Click title to continue reading...



Error to Reject Treating Physician’s Opinion without Explanation; Foot Fracture

A woman went to the emergency room following a car accident. The woman suffered a fractured foot, lacerations on one arm and one eye, and fractured ribs. Specifically, her os calcis, heel bone or calcaneus, suffered a comminuted fracture, a break or splinter of the bone into more than two fragments. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Complaint: False Imprisonment and Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress Involving Autopsy Malpractice

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative Complaint involving malpractice regarding the performance of an autopsy. In this illustrative case, the plaintiff sued a county, a hospital, and a physician alleging, among other things, an incompetent autopsy performed by the defendant physician resulting in a false and incomplete coroner’s finding that the decedent was beaten to death by the plaintiff, resulting in the plaintiff's incarceration.Click title to continue reading...