Medical Risk Law Weekly News

Week of: May 14, 2020

IN THE NEWS


COVID-19 and Meat and Poultry Processing Facility Workers

The CDC published a report, on May 1, 2020, that found that, among approximately 130,000 workers at 115 meat and poultry processing facilities, coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was diagnosed in 4,913 (approximately 3 percent) workers and 20 deaths occurred. Factors potentially affecting risk for infection include difficulties with workplace physical distancing and hygiene and crowded living and transportation conditions. Improving physical distancing, hand hygiene, cleaning and disinfection, and medical leave policies, as well as providing educational materials in languages spoken by workers might help reduce COVID-19 in these settings and help preserve the function of this critical infrastructure industry. Click title to access the full article.

 

Medical Risk Law Report: Pneumonia Complications, Hospitalizations, Deaths: Risks and Liabilities

 

Medical Risk Law Report: Asthma Risks and Liabilities: Taking a Deep Breath

 

Medical Risk Law Report: Vectors of Risk: Zika, West Nile, and Similar Tick and Mosquito Disease Litigation

 

Medical Risk Law Report: Nursing Home Injuries: Acute Risks for Subacute and Skilled Nursing Care

 

Medical Risk Law Report: Risks in Caring for Patients with Cognitive Impairments: Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia


 
MEDICAL ALERTS


New Pediatric Dialysis Device; Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy

The FDA authorized Medtronic Inc., on April 29, 2020, to market a new device indicated to provide continuous hemodialysis or hemofiltration therapy to critically ill pediatric patients weighing between 2.5 and 10 kilograms (5.5 to 22 pounds). Continuous hemodialysis or hemofiltration therapy – known as continuous renal replacement therapy (CRRT) – involves using a dialysis machine and a special filter, or dialyzer, to continuously clean a patient’s blood for an extended period of time, without stopping, instead of the more traditional three times a week therapy session. CRRT is typically performed in intensive care unit (ICU) settings. The CARPEDIEM System is the first CRRT device intended for a lower weight-specific pediatric patient population who have a sudden or temporary loss of kidney function (acute kidney injury) or have too much water in their bodies because their kidneys are not functioning properly (fluid overload). Click title to access the full article.

 

Medical Risk Law Report: Kidney Diseases and Disorders: Stones, Dialysis, and Liability Concerns

 

Medical Risk Law Report: Pediatrician Liability Involving Diseases and Conditions of Childhood 

 

Medical Risk Law Report: Urological Disorders and Urinary Dysfunction: Litigation Caution Signs

 

Medical Risk Law Report: Diabetes and Its Complications: Malpractice and Other Liability Issues


  CASE ALERTS


Neck Surgery Injury; Consulting Internist Not Liable

A patient underwent neck surgery. After the procedure, the patient exhibited symptoms possibly indicating spinal compression, including weakness in the extremities, tingling, and numbness. Click title to access the full article.

 

Medical Risk Law Report: Spinal Cord Injury Malpractice: Back to Back Problems

 

Medical Risk Law Report: Backaches and Court Battles: When Chronic Back Pain Leads to Litigation 

 

Medical Risk Law Report: Out of Surgery and Into Recovery: Post-Op Risks 

 

Medical Risk Law Report: Anesthesiology Errors: Complications, Malpractice, and Catastrophe 



Nursing Malpractice After Patient Refuses Treatment; Expert Required

A patient was admitted to a hospital complaining of abdominal discomfort. After undergoing testing, the patient was diagnosed with multiple gallstones and a small bowel obstruction. The patient underwent a corrective surgical procedure. Subsequently, one of the patient’s physicians entered an order directing nursing staff to insert a nasogastric tube (NG tube), a tube that passes through the nose into the stomach to deliver medicines, liquids, and liquid food to the patient. The tube was inserted the day after the patient was admitted to the hospital. Click title to access the full article.

 

Medical Risk Law Report: Gut-Wrenching Pain: Liability Risks Related to Gastrointestinal Disorders

 

Medical Risk Law Report: Out of Surgery and Into Recovery: Post-Op Risks 

 

Medical Risk Law Report: Chemotherapy: Risks and Liabilities When the Treatment Is Toxic

 

Medical Risk Law Report: Drugs, Dosage, and Damage: Physician Liability for Prescribing or Administering Medication



No Causal Connection to Workplace Injury; Back and Neck Pain

An employee with a history of back and neck conditions significant enough to require medical treatment, including an L5-S1 discectomy and various pain management treatments, alleged two work-related injuries, sustained approximately six months apart. First, the employee felt a sharp pain in the back of the head, neck, upper back, and right arm while raising a heat lamp in the employer’s paint repair department. Second, while attempting to lower a lift gate, the employee felt a jerk in the neck, right arm, and right shoulder. Click title to access the full article. 

 

Medical Risk Law Report: Spinal Cord Injury Malpractice: Back to Back Problems

 

Medical Risk Law Report: Backaches and Court Battles: When Chronic Back Pain Leads to Litigation 

 

Medical Risk Law Report: Independent Medical Evaluations: Legal Risks and Responsibilities