Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: December 04, 2017

IN THE NEWS


Adjustable Lens Improves Vision Post-Cataract Surgery

On November 22, 2017, the FDA approved the RxSight Inc. Light Adjustable Lens and Light Delivery Device, the first medical device system that can make small adjustments to the artificial lens’ power after cataract surgery, so that the patient will have better vision when not using glasses. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


First Two-Drug Treatment Regimen for HIV; Less Toxic

On November 21, 2017, the FDA approved Juluca, the first complete treatment regimen containing only two drugs to treat certain adults with human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) instead of three or more drugs included in standard HIV treatment. Click title to continue reading...



Updated Cleaning Procedures to Keep Hospital Mattresses Safe

On November 20, 2017, the FDA updated its information regarding cleaning procedures for covers for hospital bed mattresses. The FDA issued a safety communication in 2013 alerting health care providers, health care facility staff, and caregivers to safety concerns related to hospital bed mattress covers allowing blood and body fluids to penetrate and get trapped inside mattresses. Click title to continue reading...



People in Four States May Be Drinking Contaminated Raw Milk

On November 21, 2017, the CDC warned people who might have consumed contaminated raw milk and milk products to visit their doctor. People who bought and drank raw milk from a company called Udder Milk may have been infected with a rare but potentially serious germ called Brucella abortus RB51. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Physician’s Testimony Supports $1.6M for Pedestrian Hit by Taxi

A man was injured when a cab hit the man in the right knee and knocked the man to the ground at an intersection. The man sued the driver and the owner of the cab. The complaint sought to recover damages allegedly sustained as a result of the driver’s and the owner’s negligence. Click title to continue reading...

 


Confusion About Which Tooth to Extract; Lack of Informed Consent

A woman went to the dentist. It was discovered that the woman’s upper right second premolar, referred to in the dental charts as tooth number four, had an abscess and required root canal therapy. The woman’s insurance company would not pay for the root canal. Extraction was an alternative option, but the woman did not want the tooth extracted. Click title to continue reading...



Adjuster’s Initial Assessment of Insured’s Injury Admissible

A woman was injured in a motor vehicle accident. The woman was not at fault. The woman was insured. The woman’s insurance policy included a provision for underinsured motorist (UIM) benefits in the amount of $250,000 per individual, capped at a total of $500,000 per accident. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Answer to Complaint: Colonoscopy Malpractice

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative answer to a complaint for malpractice in the administration of a colonoscopy. In this illustrative situation, a man underwent a colonoscopy. The procedure involved a contaminated colonoscope, which caused the man to become infected with the human papillomavirus (HPV). Click title to continue reading...