Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: November 20, 2017

IN THE NEWS


Anesthesia Drug Recall; Anti-Nausea Drug Mislabeled as Anesthesia

On November 3, 2017, Fresenius Kabi USA recalled its Midazolam Injection, USP, 2 mg/2 mL packaged in a 2 mL prefilled single-use glass syringe. The product mislabeled as Midazolam Injection, USP, 2 mg/2 mL actually contains syringes containing Ondansetron Injection, USP, 4 mg/2 mL. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Waterborne Disease Outbreaks Associated with Drinking Water

On November 10, 2017, the CDC published a report that found that, from 2013 to 2014, 42 drinking water–associated outbreaks were reported, accounting for at least 1,006 cases of illness, 124 hospitalizations, and 13 deaths. Legionellawas associated with 57 percent of these outbreaks and all of the deaths. Click title to continue reading...



New Complete Blood Cell Count Test; Faster Results in More Settings

On November 6, 2017, the FDA cleared a complete blood cell count (CBC) test that, based on its categorization, can be run in more health care settings, including physicians’ offices, clinics, or other types of health care facilities, by a wider range of personnel (e.g., support staff). This broadened test access will allow for faster availability of results. Click title to continue reading...



First Treatment for Rare Blood Cancer: Erdheim-Chester Disease

On November 6, 2017, the FDA expanded the approval of Zelboraf (vemurafenib) to include the treatment of certain adult patients with Erdheim-Chester Disease (ECD), a rare cancer of the blood. Zelboraf is indicated to treat patients whose cancer cells have a specific genetic mutation known as BRAF V600. This is the first FDA-approved treatment for ECD. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Stay Appropriate For Arbitration; Nursing Home Death

Upon admission to a nursing home, a diabetic woman signed a residence agreement. Pursuant to the residence agreement, the parties agreed that all claims arising out of that agreement, including those of malpractice, could not be brought in a court of law but were to be submitted to binding arbitration. Subsequently, the woman suffered a diabetic shock and lapsed into a diabetic coma. Click title to continue reading...



Malpractice for Injecting Epinephrine Dismissed; Failure to Prosecute

A man was scheduled to undergo back surgery. Prior to the surgeon entering the operating room, a nurse anesthetist injected the man with the drug epinephrine, which was contraindicated, under the mistaken impression that the syringe containing another drug for anesthesia. Click title to continue reading...



Workers Compensation for Carpal Tunnel Denied; Negative EMG

A woman worked for an employer for 18 years. The woman’s job duties involved picking up and inspecting wood for defects, cutting the defects out, and putting the wood back on the line. The woman did 30 to 40 boards a minute. The woman also filled holes with putty. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Checklist: Gastroenterologist Expert Deposition; Colonoscopy Malpractice

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing a checklist to be used by counsel preparing an expert gastroenterologist witness for deposition in a medical malpractice action involving a colonoscopy injury. In this illustrative situation, a man underwent a colonoscopy. Click title to continue reading...