Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: February 19, 2018

IN THE NEWS


Pulmonary Embolism, Death from Cell Therapy

On February 5, 2018, the FDA sent a letter to healthcare providers regarding recent reports of venous thromboembolism (VTE), when a blood clot breaks loose and travels in the blood, including pulmonary embolism (PE), when the blood clot travels to the lungs, in patients who received autologous immune enhancement therapy (AIET) with the CELLEX Photopheresis System by Therakos, Inc. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Defibrillator Defects May Cause Device Failure

On February 9, 2018, Philips Electronics North America Corporation, recalled the HeartStart MRx Defibrillator due to a defect in the device’s Gas Discharge Tube (GDT). The GDT has micro cracks which allow internal gases to escape and causes the tubes to not function as expected. Click title to continue reading...



Pentax Duodenoscope Updated Design and Labeling Cleared

On February 7, 2018, the FDA cleared the updated design and labeling for the Pentax duodenoscope model ED-3490TK. The design changes were intended to reduce the potential for leakage of patient fluids into the closed elevator channel and under the distal cap. The updated design addressed the issues that lead to the recall of all ED-3490TK duodenoscopes in order to replace the forceps elevator mechanism, O-ring seal, and distal end cap. The updated Operation Manual was changed to recommend annual maintenance. Click title to continue reading...



One in Six Children with Asthma Still End Up in ER or Urgent Care

On February 6, 2018, the CDC published a report that found, in 2016, one in six children with asthma still ended up in the emergency department or urgent care. In 2013, approximately one in 20 children with asthma was hospitalized. More than half of all children with asthma had one or more attacks in 2016. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Oregon Rejects Wrongful Life Claim of Brother of Genetically Impaired Boy

A one-year-old boy began exhibiting developmental abnormalities. The boy’s parents brought the boy to a pediatrician at a hospital. Over the course of many visits, the pediatrician failed to determine the cause of the boy’s developmental abnormalities. Click title to continue reading...



Four Products Liability $4M Verdicts; Transvaginal Mesh

Severe stress urinary incontinence occurs when physical movement or activity — such as coughing, sneezing, running, or heavy lifting — puts pressure (stress) on a person’s bladder causing the unintentional loss of urine. If noninvasive treatments are not effective, there are various surgical options to treat severe stress urinary incontinence. Click title to continue reading...



Knee Injured Climbing to Inspect Truck; Police On-Duty Injury Benefits

A police officer with more than 26 years on the police force was assigned to the city’s traffic unit. While on duty, the police officer pulled over a truck. The truck’s tires were compressed, and it appeared to be operating with an overweight load. After determining the weight of the truck, the police officer climbed up the truck’s ladder to inspect the load. As he was climbing the ladder, the police officer felt a pop in the left knee. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Documents Checklist: Unnecessary Cardiac Procedure

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing a checklist to be used as a guide for counsel gathering documents relevant to 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...