Scalpel Weekly News

Week of: August 06, 2018

IN THE NEWS


Salmonella Contamination of Whey Ingredient in Popular Foods

On July 26, 2018, the FDA announced that the FDA, CDC, USDA, and other partners were investigating possible Salmonella contamination of a whey ingredient that has caused the recall of several popular foods. Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) of New Ulm, Minnesota, recalled dry whey powder due to the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. AMPI identified a potential Salmonella contamination in at least one lot of its dry whey product. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Vaginal Rejuvenation; Deceptive Health Claims; Significant Risks

On July 30, 2018, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., announced that the FDA had become aware of a growing number of manufacturers marketing “vaginal rejuvenation” devices to women and claiming “vaginal rejuvenation” procedures would treat conditions and symptoms related to menopause, urinary incontinence, or sexual function. In some cases, these devices are being marketed for this use to women who have completed treatment for breast cancer and are experiencing symptoms caused by early menopause.  The procedures use lasers and other energy-based devices to destroy or reshape vaginal tissue. These products have serious risks and do not have adequate evidence to support their use for these purposes. Click title to continue reading...



Magnetic Guidance System for Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsies

On July 24, 2018, the FDA granted Endomagnetics Inc. approval to market the Magtrace and Sentimag Magnetic Localization System (Sentimag System), a magnetic device system for guiding lymph node biopsies in patients with breast cancer undergoing mastectomy. The Sentimag System uses magnetic detection during sentinel lymph node biopsy procedures to identify specific lymph nodes, known as sentinel lymph nodes, for surgical removal. Click title to continue reading...



First National Vision and Eye Health Surveillance System

On July 23, 2018, the CDC launched the nation’s first Vision and Eye Health Surveillance System (VEHSS). The VEHSS is designed to help health care professionals, researchers, policymakers, and state health departments better understand the scope of vision loss, eye disorders, and eye care services in the United States. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Physical Therapy Fractured Femur After Total Hip Arthroplasty

A patient underwent a right total hip arthroplasty, also called a total hip replacement. In a total hip arthroplasty, the damaged bone and cartilage is removed and replaced with prosthetic components. Three days after the procedure, the patient was transferred to a rehabilitation hospital. At the rehabilitation hospital, physical therapists conducted sessions in the patient’s room with the patient positioned in a geriatric chair, also called a geri chair. Geri chairs are molded chairs, often with the ability to recline, used to protect people who have difficulty standing up or ambulating independently. The geri chair in the patient’s room was not designed with a lever on the side. To recline the chair, the physical therapist had to push on the seat back. To return the chair to a seated position, the physical therapist had to manually push the footrest down. Click title to continue reading...



Cancer Treatment Informed Consent Claim Time Barred

A patient was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Due to concerns about prostate removal surgery and its lengthy recovery period, the patient chose to undergo robotic radiosurgery. The radiation oncologist used a radiation therapy system that was promoted as limiting radiation exposure to surrounding healthy tissue. The patient underwent five treatments with the radiation therapy system. During one or two treatments, the patient reported experiencing genital pain and a burning sensation in the lower abdomen. Click title to continue reading...



Medicaid Patient’s Actual Medical Expenses Inadmissible

An employee was involved in a car accident. The other driver involved in the accident sued the employer. At trial, the driver introduced evidence of medical expenses approaching $600,000. The employer sought to introduce evidence that the driver paid very little of that amount because Medicaid paid slightly more than twenty percent and much of the remainder was discounted or written off. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Complaint: Urological Negligence

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers, we have included this feature containing an illustrative complaint for the negligence of a urologist in diagnosing a patient’s urological disorder. In this illustrative situation, a young woman sought treatment from a urologist for urinary incontinence. The urologist diagnosed the woman with temporary urinary incontinence caused by obesity and diet. The woman returned to the urologist after three months and was told by the urologist the incontinence would go away when the woman lost more weight. The woman sought a second opinion and was diagnosed with cancer in the urinary tract. Click title to continue reading...