Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: February 12, 2018

IN THE NEWS


High Exposure to Mobile Phone Radiation Linked to Tumor Activity

On February 2, 2018, Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, made a statement about the National Toxicology Program draft reports that found that high exposure to radiofrequency radiation (RFR) in rodents resulted in tumors in tissues surrounding nerves in the hearts of male rats. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Nationwide Eye Wash Recall; Potential Microbial Contamination

On February 2, 2018, Kareway Products, Inc., recalled 60,000 lots of Gericare Eye Wash, Sterile Eye Irrigation Solution. The product was found to have potential microbial contamination which compromised sterility. Click title to continue reading...



Ventilator Humidification Kit Recall; Water in the Breathing Circuit

On January 30, 2018, Vyaire Medical recalled the AirLife Humidification Chamber and Heated Breathing Circuit Kits due to a manufacturing error that may cause parts of the chamber to split apart into layers, allowing water to overflow the chamber and to back up into the patient breathing circuit. Click title to continue reading...



Racial Disparities in Sustained Viral Suppression; Transmission Risk; HIV

On February 2, 2018, the CDC published a report that found fewer blacks living with diagnosed human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection had sustained viral suppression compared with Hispanics and whites. Among those who were in care and did not achieve sustained viral suppression, blacks had higher viral loads for approximately half of the 12-month period studied; this circumstance can adversely affect health outcomes and pose a risk for further transmission. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Cataract Surgery Anesthesia Error; Expert Testimony Issue

A woman underwent cataract surgery on the left eye. A certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) administered the anesthesia for the procedure by means of a retrobulbar block, which involves the use of a needle to inject anesthetic into the space behind the globe of the eye. The initial block attempt was unsuccessful, so a second retrobulbar block attempt was performed. Subsequently, the woman lost vision in the left eye. Click title to continue reading...



Untimely Accutane Product Liability Claims; Ulcerative Colitis

Accutane (isotretinoin) may cause inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a chronic disease that primarily manifests as one of two diseases, Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Ulcerative colitis primarily involves inflammation of the lining of the colon (large intestine). The peak onset of IBD occurs during adolescence – the same period during which individuals are likely to take Accutane. Click title to continue reading...



No Preemption of State Law Claims for Hospital Billing Patients; ERISA

A woman was injured in a car accident. The woman was admitted to a hospital for treatment. Upon the woman’s admission, the woman signed a hospital admission agreement in which the hospital promised to provide healthcare and services in exchange for the woman’s promise to comply with hospital rules. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Admission Requests: Unnecessary Cardiac Procedure

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing illustrative requests for admissions to be used as a guide for counsel preparing requests for admissions to the plaintiff patient in an action involving an unnecessary cardiac procedure. In this illustrative situation, a man received a cardiac catheterization and stent placement procedure. Click title to continue reading...