Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: October 23, 2017

IN THE NEWS


Gene Therapy for Inherited Disorder-Progressive Childhood Blindness

On October 12, 2017, an FDA advisory committee endorsed the first gene therapy for an inherited disorder — a rare condition that causes a progressive form of blindness that usually starts in childhood. Voretigene neparvovec was endorsed as a gene therapy vector for the treatment of patients with vision loss due to confirmed biallelic RPE65 mutation-associated retinal dystrophy. RPE65 mutation-associated retinal dystrophy affects an estimated 1,000 to 3,000 patients in the U.S. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


New Robotically-Assisted Surgical Device; Minimally Invasive Surgery

On October 13, 2017, the FDA cleared the Senhance System, a new robotically-assisted surgical device (RASD) that can help facilitate minimally invasive surgery. Click title to continue reading...



Vaccinations, Exemption Rates, Provisional Kindergarten

On October 13, 2017, the CDC published a report that found that, although vaccination rates have remained high and stable, four states have reported coverage of less than 90% for at least one vaccine for at least 6 consecutive years. In addition, coverage can vary within states, and clusters of under-vaccinated kindergartners can exist in states with high overall rates. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Gallbladder Removal or Later Procedure Injury; Summary Judgment for Doctor Reversed

A woman underwent a laparoscopic cholecystectomy, a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which the gallbladder is removed with the assistance of a video camera and several thin instruments. Afterward, the woman was discharged from the hospital. Click title to continue reading...



Expert Standard of Care Witness Required for Fall from Hospital Bed

A man suffered from a brain aneurysm leaving the man paralyzed on the right side. The man also had a history of congestive heart failure, kidney disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, COPD, and anemia. The man lived in a residential care facility. Click title to continue reading...



Evidence of Attorney Misconduct, Third-Party Settlement, Vocational Expert; New Trial

A woman was involved in an automobile accident while driving a car owned by an uninvolved third-party. The third party’s insurer initially paid personal insurance protection (PIP) benefits to the woman. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Checklist: Medical Record Review - Steroid Injection Malpractice Action

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing a checklist to be used as an aid for counsel when reviewing medical records for preparation of the filing of a medical malpractice action for an injury involving the administration of one or more steroid injections. In this illustrative situation, a man being treated for severe back pain was administered multiple lumbar epidural steroid injections. Click title to continue reading...