Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: February 26, 2018

IN THE NEWS


First Blood Test to Evaluate Concussions

On February 14, 2018, the FDA permitted marketing of the Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator, the first blood test to evaluate mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) in adults. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Software for Alerting Health Care Providers of Potential Stroke

On February 13, 2018, the FDA permitted marketing of the Viz.AI Contact application, a type of software designed to analyze computed tomography (CT) images of the brain and notify health care providers of a potential stroke in their patients. Click title to continue reading...



Clot Retrieval Treatment Window Expanded for Stroke Patients

On February 15, 2018, the FDA cleared the use of the Trevo clot retrieval device to treat certain stroke patients up to 24 hours after symptom onset, expanding the device’s treatment window by 18 hours. This device is cleared for use as an initial therapy for strokes due to blood clots (also known as an acute ischemic stroke) to reduce paralysis, speech difficulties, and other stroke disabilities, and only as an addition to treatment with a medication that dissolves blood blots called tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA). Click title to continue reading...



Health-Risk Behaviors and Chronic Conditions in Adults with IBD

On February 6, 2018, the CDC published a report that found being a former smoker was more prevalent and having never smoked was less prevalent among adults with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) than among adults without IBD. In addition, meeting neither aerobic nor muscle-strengthening physical activity guidelines, averaging under seven hours of sleep during a 24-hour period, and experiencing serious psychological distress were more prevalent among adults with IBD than among those without IBD. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Kidney Problems; Amputation of Hands and Feet; Venue

A woman presented to the emergency room (ER) complaining of right flank pain. For the three hours following the woman’s admission to the ER, the woman’s blood pressure declined and heart rate increased. A CT scan revealed moderate to severe hydronephrosis (excess fluid in a kidney due to a backup of urine), a dilated ureter, and the probable presence of calcifications in the right ureter. Click title to continue reading...



Unsuccessful Shoulder Surgeries; Continuous Treatment Doctrine

A woman was treated for chronic shoulder problems. The woman underwent shoulder surgery and had five post-operative visits with the orthopedic surgeon over the subsequent year. Click title to continue reading...



Long-Term Disability Denied for Chronic Severe Neck Pain

A man worked as an Internet Sales Manager for a private venue management firm that managed events at two convention locations. As an Internet Sales Manager, the man managed and coordinated all information technology and telecommunication needs for individual vendors at conventions and meetings. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Interrogatories: Unnecessary Cardiac Procedure

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing illustrative interrogatories to be used as a guide for counsel preparing interrogatories to the plaintiff in an action involving an unnecessary cardiac procedure. In this illustrative situation, a woman underwent coronary artery bypass graft surgery to treat blocked arteries. The woman suffered a stroke after the surgery. Click title to continue reading...