Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: July 03, 2017

IN THE NEWS


Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump; Failure Code; Therapy Interruption

On June 19, 2017, Datascope Corp. performed a worldwide field correction of its Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps (IABPs) for a potential electrical test failure code. This field correction also applied to any System 98 or System 98XT IABP that was converted to a CS100i or CS300 IABP. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Intravenous Catheter Recall; Risk of Splitting and Separating

On June 21, 2017, Vascular Solutions Inc. recalled the Venture catheter due to the risk that the catheter tip will split or separate during use. Click title to continue reading...



Subcutaneous C1 Esterase Inhibitor Approved to Treat Genetic Disease

On June 22, 2017, the FDA approved Haegarda, the first C1 Esterase Inhibitor (Human) for subcutaneous (under the skin) administration to prevent Hereditary Angioedema (HAE) attacks in adolescent and adult patients. The subcutaneous route of administration allows for easier at-home self-injection by the patient or caregiver, once proper training is received. Click title to continue reading...



Mosquitoes that Spread Zika Found in More U.S. Counties

On June 20, 2017, the CDC announced that the Southern United States showed a substantial increase in the number of counties that reported evidence of the mosquitoes that can spread chikungunya, dengue, and Zika viruses, according to new research by the CDC. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Nursing Home Resident’s Death from Sepsis Could Be Abuse

After being treated at four different hospitals for at least three months, a 74-year-old woman was discharged to a nursing care facility for physical and occupational therapy, as well as skilled nursing care. Upon admission, the woman was in poor health. Click title to continue reading...



Informed Consent Required; Non-Doctor Performing Some Surgery

A woman’s gynecologist recommended that the woman undergo a total laparoscopic hysterectomy. The woman agreed to undergo the procedure. The gynecologist scheduled the operation. Click title to continue reading...



Healthcare Providers As Jurors; Surgeon Cannot Delegate Informed Consent Duty

Physician’s duty to provide information to a patient sufficient to obtain the patient’s informed consent is non-delegableA large, integrated health system was comprised of hospitals, physician groups, medical clinics, surgical centers, and a health insurance provider. The health system and its related business entities employed approximately 12,000 people. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Interrogatories to Defendant: Asthma Treatment Malpractice

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing illustrative interrogatories to the defendant physician for litigation involving injury sustained as the result of asthma treatment malpractice. Click title to continue reading...