Medical Risk Law Weekly News

Week of: October 15, 2018

IN THE NEWS


HPV Vaccine for Adults 27 to 45 Approved

On October 5, 2018, the FDA approved Merck, Sharp & Dohme Corporation’s supplemental application for Gardasil 9 (Human Papillomavirus (HPV) 9-valent Vaccine, Recombinant) expanding the approved use of the vaccine to include women and men aged 27 through 45 years. Gardasil 9 prevents certain cancers and diseases caused by the nine HPV types covered by the vaccine. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


First Self-Fitting, Programmable Hearing Aid

On October 5, 2018, the FDA granted Bose Corporation authorization to market the Bose Hearing Aid, intended to amplify sounds for individuals 18 years or older with perceived mild to moderate hearing impairment (hearing loss). This is the first hearing aid authorized for marketing by the FDA that enables users to fit, program, and control the hearing aid on their own, without assistance from a health care provider. Click title to continue reading...



Medical Device Cybersecurity

On October 1, 2018, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., issued a statement on the FDA’s efforts to strengthen the FDA’s medical device cybersecurity program. Even when medical devices are not being deliberately targeted, devices such as radiologic imaging equipment may be impacted if connected to a hospital network. Click title to continue reading...



Multiple Cyclosporiasis Outbreaks Involving Produce

On October 5, 2018, the CDC published a report that found that the 2018 cyclosporiasis outbreak season was noteworthy for multiple outbreaks associated with different fresh produce items and the large number of reported cases. A total of 2,299 domestically acquired, laboratory-confirmed cases were reported in persons who became ill during May through August 2018, which was markedly higher than the numbers of cases reported for the same period in either of the last two years. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Tooth Injury During Anesthetization Not Related to Hysterectomy

Prior to undergoing an emergency hysterectomy, a patient signed a consent form acknowledging that injury to teeth was a risk associated with general anesthesia. An anesthesiologist performed an endotracheal intubation on the patient. An endotracheal intubation involves passing a plastic tube through the patient’s mouth and trachea to maintain an open airway while the patient is under general anesthesia. During a power outage and subsequent blackout, the anesthesiologist dropped a medical instrument onto the patient’s tooth. Click title to continue reading...



Nursing Facility Dementia Patient Dies of Sepsis; Arbitration

A patient presented to a neurology clinic complaining of memory impairment. A doctor examined the patient. The doctor’s notes indicated that the patient’s dementia caused no more than short-term memory loss. Click title to continue reading...



Social Security Disability for Carpal Tunnel, Gait; Medical Exams

A person applied for Disability Insurance Benefits and Supplemental Security Income due to gait unsteadiness and carpal tunnel syndrome in both wrists. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Interrogatories to Plaintiff: Failure to Diagnose and Treat Meningitis

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers, we have included this feature containing illustrative interrogatories to the plaintiff to be used by the defendant hospital’s counsel in a medical malpractice action in which the plaintiff alleged that hospital staff failed to diagnose and treat the plaintiff’s meningitis. Click title to continue reading...