Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: April 02, 2018

IN THE NEWS


Cancer Linked to Breast Implants

On March 21, 2018, the FDA updated its information about breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). In the eight months between February 1, 2017, and September 30, 2017, the FDA received 55 additional medical device reports (MDRs) of BIA-ALCL, bringing the total to 414, including nine deaths. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Laser Neurosurgery Probe Recall; Unintended Heating; Patient Injury

On March 22, 2018, the FDA provided information about the potential for unintended heating and patient injury with use of the Monteris Medical NeuroBlate probe, which is part of the NeuroBlate System. Click title to continue reading...



Blood Collection Tubes Recalled; False Results; Class I Recall

On March 22, 2018, the FDA’s Acting Director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health Donald St. Pierre issued a statement regarding the latest findings from the ongoing investigation into lead testing issues. “At the FDA’s request, BD conducted studies to assess the accuracy of Magellan’s LeadCare testing systems when used with blood from the vein (venous) collected into BD tubes. Click title to continue reading...



High Blood Pressure and High Cholesterol Linked to Noisy Jobs

On March 21, 2018, the CDC announced the publication of a report that found that high blood pressure and high cholesterol are more common among workers exposed to loud noise at work. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Failure to Diagnose Uncommon Kidney Disease; $4.1M Verdict

A girl was under the care of a pediatrician from shortly after birth until the girl was six years old. When the girl was six years old, another physician diagnosed the girl with C1q nephropathy, an uncommon kidney disease in which deposits of C1q, a normal protein in the immune system, are found throughout the kidneys. Click title to continue reading...



Standard of Care Did Not Require Physical Therapist Numbers; Falls

A 58-year-old man was diagnosed with inclusion body myositis, a rare degenerative muscle disease, which causes progressive muscle weakness in the feet, ankles, legs, wrists, and hands. In the early years of the condition, the man was able to walk at home using a rolling walker with four wheels, hand brakes, and a seat. Following heart surgery about four years after the diagnosis, the man became progressively weaker and less active at home. Click title to continue reading...



Provider Sues Insurer for Not Adhering to Benefits Verification

A hospital was an out-of-network health care provider for an insurer. The hospital contacted the insurer via telephone or the insurer’s website to verify patients’ insurance benefits. The insurer made representations about payment amounts for services rendered, but actually paid less after the services were provided and claims were submitted. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Client Interview Checklist: Retained Surgical Item

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing a checklist for an initial client interview in connection with an injury involving a retained surgical item. In this illustrative situation, a woman underwent surgery, suffered post-surgical pain and infection, and underwent an additional surgery during which a sponge used during the original surgery was discovered inside the wound. Click title to continue reading...