Medical Risk Law Weekly News

Week of: January 21, 2019

IN THE NEWS


Antibiotics Increase Risk of Aorta Ruptures, Tears

On December 20, 2018, the FDA reported that fluoroquinolone antibiotics can increase the occurrence of rare but serious events of ruptures or tears in the main artery of the body called the aorta. These tears, called aortic dissections, or ruptures of an aortic aneurysm can lead to dangerous bleeding or even death. They can occur with fluoroquinolones for systemic use given by mouth or through an injection. Click title to continue reading...


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


Cranial Software Recall; Inaccuracies During Surgeries

On December 28, 2018, Medtronic reported it was continuing to follow up with customers about an Urgent Medical Device Correction. Medtronic recalled its Synergy Cranial Software and Stealth Station S7 Cranial Software. Click title to continue reading...



Precertification of Digital Health Care Tools

On January 7, 2019, the FDA announced updates to its Digital Health Precertification (Pre-Cert) Program to test new approaches for the review of digital health device applications. The FDA issued three documents: the Regulatory Framework for Conducting the Pilot Program within Current Authorities, the Pre-Cert Test Plan for 2019, and an update to the FDA’s Working Model that incorporates the Regulatory Framework and Test Plan. Click title to continue reading...



Drug Overdose Deaths Up 260% Among Women Ages 30 to 64

On January 11, 2019, the CDC published a report that found, from 1999 to 2017, the death rate from drug overdose among women between the ages of 30 and 64 increased by 260 percent. Drug overdose deaths involving antidepressants, benzodiazepines, cocaine, heroin, prescription opioids, and synthetic opioids all increased. Among women between the ages of 30 and 64, the average age at death for drug overdose deaths increased by nearly three years. Click title to continue reading...


  CASE ALERTS


Informed Consent for Postoperative Gyn Exam

A gynecological oncologist performed a carbon dioxide laser ablation of a patient’s vulva to remove precancerous growths. Prior to the procedure, the patient signed an informed consent document. Click title to continue reading...



Wrongful Death Claim for Drug Overdose After MRSA, Amputation

A patient presented to the emergency room (ER) with a fractured ankle. An orthopedic surgeon performed an open reduction with internal fixation surgery to repair the fracture. Click title to continue reading...



Hospital Liens Not in Violation of Medicare Regulations

A Medicare patient was treated at a hospital after sustaining injuries in a serious car accident. The hospital placed a lien on any insurance and settlement proceeds the patient was to receive as a result of the accident. Click title to continue reading...


FEATURE


Checklist: Deposing Experts; Weight Loss Surgery Malpractice

As a special feature for our Premium subscribers, we have included this checklist as guidance for defendant’s counsel preparing to depose the plaintiff’s medical experts in a medical malpractice action involving weight loss surgery. In this illustrative situation, an obese woman underwent a gastric bypass procedure. During the procedure, the woman’s small intestine was perforated, resulting in peritonitis. The woman sued the surgeon for malpractice. Party identifying information has been redacted to protect privacy. Click title to continue reading...