Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: July 17, 2017

IN THE NEWS


Pacemaker Cable Disconnections; Pacing Interruptions; Nationwide Recall

On July 6, 2017, Oscor Inc. recalled their ATAR extension cables. During the use of some ATAR extension cables, the cable separated from the connector at the proximal end. The analysis of the returned devices revealed a change in the manufacturing sequence. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Insulin Delivery Devices Breaking; Potential for High Blood Sugar

On July 5, 2017, Novo Nordisk recalled insulin cartridge holders used in NovoPen Echo batches because they may crack or break if exposed to certain chemicals, like certain cleaning agents. Novo Nordisk has received numerous complaints of damaged cartridge holders and has received some reports of adverse events to date. Click title to continue reading...



Surgical Patch Recall; Risk of Severe Bleeding and Hematomas

 On July 6, 2017, Baxter International Inc. updated its June 24, 2016, recall of the Vascu-Guard Peripheral Vascular Patch (also referred to as the Vascu-Guard patch). Following Baxter International’s voluntary recall issued on June 24, 2016, the FDA has worked with the manufacturer to evaluate the severe bleeding and hematoma events reported following carotid endarterectomy (CEA) surgery. At this time, the FDA has not identified a root cause of the aforementioned bleeding events. Click title to continue reading...



CDC Report Shows Deaths from Cancer Higher in Rural Areas

On July 6, 2017, the CDC published a report that found, despite decreases in cancer death rates nationwide, cancer death rates reduced more slowly in rural America (a decrease of 1.0% per year) compared with urban America (a decrease of 1.6% per year). Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Loss of Chance; Non-Recurrence Rate; Failure to Diagnose Cancer

A woman underwent a mammogram with additional imaging and ultrasound after the woman reported feeling small lumps in the left breast. The diagnostic imaging showed no abnormalities. Click title to continue reading...



Investigatory Deposition Petition Did Not Trigger Expert Report Requirement

A man received dental treatment from a dentist at a dental clinic. Ten days later, the man filed a pro se “Petition for Pre-Suit Investigatory Depositions.” The dentist and the dental clinic filed an answer in that proceeding. Three days later, the man nonsuited that proceeding. Click title to continue reading...



Subjective Lupus Evidence Not Sufficient for Long Term Disability

A woman worked for four years at a company as a business-to-business coordinator. The woman’s responsibilities in that position consisted primarily of acting as a point of contact for customers, which the woman accomplished through use of the phone, email, and social networks. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Interrogatories to Plaintiff: CTE Negligence

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing illustrative interrogatories for litigation involving repeat brain injury, resulting in chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). In this illustrative situation, a student-athlete sustained multiple concussive head injuries while playing football. The student-athlete’s representative sued the school for negligence by the coaching and athletic training staff members who failed to properly assess the student-athlete’s injuries and prevent the student-athlete from practicing and competing with the football team until the student-athlete was symptom-free. Click title to continue reading...