Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: May 15, 2017

IN THE NEWS


Second Drug to Treat ALS Approved; First in 20 Years

On May 5, 2017, the FDA approved Radicava (edaravone) to treat patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Ventricular Assist Device Recall Expanded; HVAD Repair Kit Recalled

On May 4, 2017, Medtronic expanded its recall of its HeartWare Ventricular Assist Device (HVAD) to include an additional product code. Medtronic also issued instructions to exchange recalled products. Click title to continue reading...



Cardiac Crossing Catheters Recall; Tip Splitting, Separation

On May 3, 2017, ReFlow Medical recalled the Wingman35 Crossing Catheters. The Wingman35 Crossing Catheters have been found to exhibit tip splitting or separation, which has resulted in two adverse events. Click title to continue reading...



Doctors May Miss African-American Patient Risk Factors for Some Diseases

On May 2, 2017, the CDC published a report that found that African-Americans (blacks) in their 20s, 30s, and 40s are more likely to live with or die from conditions that typically occur at older ages in whites, including heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Risk factors for some diseases, such as high blood pressure, may go unnoticed and untreated during these early years. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Nurse Without Recent Clinical Experience Not Qualified as Expert

A man with a long history of urological problems underwent total right knee replacement surgery. After the man was given anesthesia but before the surgery, a registered nurse and employee of the hospital inserted a Foley catheter into the man’s bladder to drain the man’s urine during and after the surgery. Click title to continue reading...



Wisconsin Medical Record Fee Exemption Applied to Client’s Attorney

Under Wisconsin Statutes section 146.83(3f), a healthcare provider must provide copies of a patient’s healthcare records if a person requests them, provides informed consent, and pays the applicable fees. The statute exempts a “patient or a person authorized by the patient” from paying certification charges and retrieval fees for obtaining copies of the patient’s healthcare records. Wis. Stat. § 146.83(3f)(b)4.-5. The statute does not define “a person authorized by the patient.” Click title to continue reading...



Policy Did Not Cover 24-Hour In-Home Skilled Nursing Care

 A woman developed acute aspiration pneumonia. The woman was hospitalized and placed on a ventilator. Before the woman returned home, the woman decided to hire a home health agency to manage pulmonary rehabilitation and weaning off the ventilator. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Checklist: Dental Malpractice Client Interview

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative checklist for litigation involving injury sustained as the result of dental malpractice. Click title to continue reading...