Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: May 07, 2018

IN THE NEWS


Update on Multistate Outbreak of E. coli Linked to Romaine Lettuce

On April 27, 2018, the FDA updated its information regarding the FDA and CDC investigation of illnesses related to chopped romaine lettuce from the Yuma, Arizona, growing region. The FDA and CDC continued to investigate a multistate outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) O157:H7 illnesses likely linked to romaine lettuce sourced from the winter growing areas in and around the Yuma region. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Neurological Thermal Therapy; Risk of Tissue Damage

On April 25, 2018, the FDA provided preliminary information concerning the reliability of magnetic resonance (MR) thermometry with magnetic resonance-guided laser interstitial thermal therapy (MRgLITT) devices. Click title to continue reading...



Serious Immune System Reaction to Drug for Seizures and Bipolar

On April 25, 2018, the FDA warned that the medicine Lamictal (lamotrigine) can cause a rare but very serious reaction that excessively activates the body’s infection-fighting immune system. This can cause severe inflammation throughout the body and lead to hospitalization and death, especially if the reaction is not diagnosed and treated quickly. As a result, the FDA required a new warning about this risk be added to the prescribing information on the lamotrigine drug labels. Click title to continue reading...



Increasing Autism Prevalence

On April 26, 2018, the CDC published a report that found that approximately one in 59 eight-year-old children in 11 communities across the United States were identified as having autism in 2014. The latest estimate of 1.7 percent (1 in 59) is higher than the previous estimate released in 2016, which found a prevalence of 1.5 percent or one in 68 children. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Untimely Transfer of Patient with Fluid Increase in Brain

A 12-year-old girl with a history of hydrocephalus, a condition resulting from a build-up of excess cerebral spinal fluid within the cranium due to a benign brain tumor which blocked the outflow of the fluid which normally circulates around the brain, underwent a surgical procedure to remove the blockage. The procedure relieved the problem. Click title to continue reading...



Failure to Remove Surgical Sponge after Gallbladder Surgery

A woman underwent a cholecystectomy, gallbladder removal surgery. A surgical sponge was inadvertently left inside the woman’s abdomen during the procedure. The sponge was not discovered until seven years later when the woman presented to the emergency room complaining of stomach pains. Click title to continue reading...



Private Insurer Reimbursement Rate; Public Payer Discovery

A woman was involved in an automobile accident and taken by ambulance to the emergency room. The uninsured patient was treated at the hospital. The hospital charged the patient for services rendered to the patient at its full chargemaster prices, which totaled $11,037.35. When the bill went unpaid, the hospital filed a hospital lien for this amount. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Complaint: Nursing Home Negligence

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers we have included this feature containing an illustrative complaint alleging negligent care provided by a nursing home and including counts for statutory violations, breach of contract, and reckless conduct. In this illustrative situation, a man was admitted to a nursing home by his daughter because the man’s Alzheimer’s disease progressed to a point at which the daughter could no longer care for the man at home. While in the nursing home, the man exhibited a tendency to wander aimlessly, often into the rooms of other residents, without awareness of the surroundings. The man wandered out of the nursing home one night, was struck by a vehicle, and suffered multiple fractured bones. Click title to continue reading...