Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: April 23, 2018

IN THE NEWS


First AI-Based Device Detects Diabetes Eye Problems

On April 11, 2018, the FDA permitted IDx LLC to market IDx-DR, the first medical device to use artificial intelligence to detect greater than a mild level of the eye disease diabetic retinopathy in adults who have diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy occurs when high levels of blood sugar lead to damage in the blood vessels of the retina, the light-sensitive tissue in the back of the eye. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


New Contact Lens with Light Adaptive Technology

On April 10, 2018, the FDA granted Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., clearance of the Acuvue Oasys Contact Lenses with Transitions Light Intelligent Technology, the first contact lens to incorporate an additive that automatically darkens the lens when exposed to bright light. The Acuvue Oasys Contact Lenses with Transitions Light Intelligent Technology are soft contact lenses indicated for daily use to correct the vision of people with non-diseased eyes who are nearsighted (myopia) or farsighted (hyperopia). They can be used by people with certain degrees of astigmatism, an abnormal curvature of the eye. Click title to continue reading...



Platelet Bags Recall; Platelets Show Low pH, Lack of Swirl

On April 13, 2018, Haemonetics Corporation recalled its Acrodose PLus and PL Systems. Haemonetics received reports of low pH readings for platelets stored in the CLX HP bag in certain lots of the Acrodose PLus and PL systems. In some instances the drop in pH was accompanied by a yellow discoloration of the storage bag. Click title to continue reading...



Marijuana Use by Safety-Sensitive Industry and Occupation

On April 13, 2018, the CDC published a report that found that, among safety-sensitive occupations, workers employed in Construction and Extraction; Farming, Fishing, and Forestry; and Healthcare Support reported using marijuana more than other employed adults. Understanding the industries and occupations of adults with reported marijuana use can help direct and maximize impact of public health messaging and potential safety interventions for adults. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Bowel Perforation During Colonoscopy

 A woman underwent a routine colonoscopy. The woman’s bowel was perforated during the procedure. The next day, the woman presented to the emergency room where the doctor who performed the colonoscopy diagnosed the perforation and admitted the woman to the hospital. The doctor who performed the colonoscopy and another physician performed four laparoscopic procedures to treat the infection caused by the perforation. The physicians’ efforts were unsuccessful. Click title to continue reading...



Failure to Diagnose Ruptured Brain Aneurysm; Damages

A 60-year-old woman was wakened by the worst headache the woman had ever experienced. The woman jumped out of bed and vomited. The woman then had episodes of vomiting and diarrhea throughout the night. The woman believed that she was suffering from food poisoning and had become dehydrated. The woman’s symptoms did not subside over the next two days. Click title to continue reading...



Evidence of Past Medical Expenses Excluded as Discovery Sanction; Mandamus

A car and a truck collided. The woman who drove the car sought medical treatment. A neurosurgeon examined the woman and determined that the woman required surgery. The neurosurgeon performed a two level fusion on the woman’s cervical spine at a surgical facility where the neurosurgeon was an investor and part owner. The neurosurgeon examined the woman after the surgery. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Interrogatories: Retained Surgical Item Injury

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers, we have included this feature containing illustrative interrogatories to be served on the defendant surgeon in a suit involving a retained surgical item injury. In this illustrative situation, a man underwent surgery, suffered post-surgical pain and infection, and underwent an additional surgery to remove a piece of gauze used during the original surgery. The man sued the surgeon and the hospital for medical malpractice. Party identifying information has been redacted to protect privacy. Click title to continue reading...