Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: August 14, 2017

IN THE NEWS


Intra-Aortic Balloon Pump Recall; Risk of Failure to Initiate Therapy

On August 4, 2017, the FDA classified the Datascope Corp.’s recall of Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps (IABPs) as a Class I recall due to the risk of failure of the device to initiate therapy. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


New Drug for Chronic Hepatitis C

On August 3, 2017, the FDA approved Mavyret (glecaprevir and pibrentasvir) to treat adults with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) genotypes 1-6 without cirrhosis (liver disease) or with mild cirrhosis, including patients with moderate to severe kidney disease and those who are on dialysis. Mavyret is also approved for adult patients with HCV genotype 1 infection who have been previously treated with a regimen containing either an NS5A inhibitor or an NS3/4A protease inhibitor, but not both. Click title to continue reading...



Stool Softener Recall Due to Bacterial Contamination

 On August 3, 2017, Rugby Laboratories recalled all lots of Diocto Liquid and Diocto Syrup, (docusate sodium solutions) manufactured by PharmaTech, LLC, due to a risk of product contamination with Burkholderia cepacia. The FDA informed Rugby that it received several adverse event reports of B. Click title to continue reading... 



Organ Transplant; Transmission of Tuberculosis; Outbreak

On August 4, 2017, the CDC published a report describing a case of donor-derived tuberculosis (TB) disease that illustrates some limitations in determining the TB status of organ donors through medical evaluation or interviewing next-of-kin. This report also describes how the organ recipient’s TB genotyping results helped link the recipient with patients within an ongoing TB outbreak. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Patient’s Medical Record Entry Not Notice to Hospital

An overweight woman underwent gastric lap-band surgery at a weight-loss facility. Approximately one year later, after complications necessitated the band’s removal, the woman developed a significant side effect known as “nutcracker esophagus.” This painful condition results in such strong and involuntary esophageal contractions that food has difficulty reaching the stomach. Click title to continue reading...



Sister of Defendant Hospital’s Employee Eligible for Jury

A woman underwent a cesarean section delivery. The infant was injured in the course of the procedure. The infant sustained brain damage. Click title to continue reading...



Health Insurer Could Recoup Benefits After Third-Party Recovery

A woman was injured in a motor vehicle accident. At the time of the accident, the woman received health benefits from an insurance plan. The plan paid $147,948.38 in benefits to the woman for treatment of injuries. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Answer: Spinal Cord Injury Negligence

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative Answer to a complaint for negligence resulting in a spinal cord injury. In this illustrative situation, a man alleged that he sustained a spinal cord injury as a result of paramedic negligence in treating the man at an automobile accident scene and transporting the man to the hospital. Click title to continue reading...