A Houston couple alleges that the Bair Hugger surgical warming blanket is to blame for surgical site infections. Both individuals have had hip surgery and both suffered an infection in the aftermath. They have undergone over a dozen additional procedures to address complications from the infection.
“Some of the days, I don’t remember anything,” said the husband to Click2Houston. “Then I would start to be coherent again, and whoops, you got to go to another surgery.” He now walks with a prosthetic joint. His wife says she doesn’t expect to walk again. “I was in bed for six months, you know, and couldn’t get out of bed,” she said. “Then I go from that to a wheelchair, and then you have to maneuver and not be able to use my legs and use my arms.” Continue reading
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released a report showing that chromium-6, a carcinogenic chemical brought to light by environmental activist Erin Brockovich, is present in the tap water of millions of Americans. In 2010, EWG published an investigative report showing that chromium-6 was present in the drinking water of 31 cities. These findings led a Senate hearing, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ultimately ordered water utilities to test for chromium-6, a chemical that is currently unregulated by the agency.
According to the EPA report, more than 75 percent of 60,000 samples taken from 2013 to 2015 contained chromium-6. The group found that the water of 218 million Americans, more than two-thirds of the population, had levels higher than the 0.02 parts per billion (ppb) public health goal set by California scientists. This goal was established in an effort to protect the public from cancer and other health problems related to chromium-6 exposure. Continue reading
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a Class II designation for a recall involving thousands of Medtronic temporary lead pacing systems because there is the potential for them to connect to a hazardous voltage.
The recall involves 11,697 of the model 6416; 6,174 of the devices are in the United States. The remaining devices were distributed to countries worldwide. Continue reading
A new study suggests that the flavorings in e-cigarettes are associated with damage at the cellular level. Researchers from Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York published findings online in the BMJ journal Tobacco Control showing that some flavors were more harmful than others. The study also found that increased battery voltage was linked to greater toxicity, a finding that echoes previous studies. Authors looked at a total of five flavors.
In this study, bronchial cells (cells that are in the respiratory tract) exhibited the most toxicity when exposed to strawberry flavoring. Significant cell toxicity was observed with menthol, coffee and strawberry while piña colada and tobacco flavors were linked to less cytotoxicity. Researchers did not analyze the chemical composition of the flavoring compounds. Continue reading
Officials with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just released the agency’s final rule concerning over-the-counter (OTC) consumer antiseptic hand soap products that are made with specific active ingredients, including triclocarban and triclosan.
These soaps are no longer marketable and firms that make these products will not longer be permitted to market these products as ingredient safety and efficacy could not be proven better when compared to plain soap and water. Also, according to Patient Daily, no evidence exists that these OTC soap products impede the spread of illness and infections. Continue reading
Thousands of women have filed lawsuits against Bayer alleging that Essure, the permanent birth control device, caused complications. The device has gained more attention in light of complaints from numerous women, many of whom took to social media to express their concerns. The Facebook group “Essure Problems” sparked initial media attention in 2013.
In addressing these concerns, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) held an advisory panel to discuss the risks and benefits of Essure last fall. The independent panel of experts concluded that there was not enough data to show that Essure is safe, and said its use should be limited. The FDA has since added a black box warning to Essure. Continue reading
Certain groups of plaintiffs in the Xarelto multidistrict litigation (MDL) have more time to file a lawsuit against manufacturers Janssen Pharmaceuticals and Bayer Healthcare. According to a recent order issued by Judge Eldon Fallon, who is overseeing the MDL in the Eastern District of Louisiana, the filing deadline has been extended for 90 days for certain groups looking to sue over the blood thinner.
The order was issued after the first cases were selected for bellwether trials. The deadline was extended “due to an influx of complaints” in the clerk’s office, court records indicate. More than 7,000 lawsuits have been consolidated into the Xarelto MDL. The first lawsuit is scheduled for trial February 2017. Continue reading
A woman in Texas has filed a lawsuit alleging that the Bair Hugger, a surgical blanket used to maintain a patient’s body temperature in the operating room, caused an infection that ultimately led to the loss of her leg. The suit names 3M and Arizant Healthcare as defendants. The Bair Hugger was developed by Arizant, which was bought by 3M in 2010.
According to the complaint, the plaintiff underwent a knee replacement surgery in 2013. During the operation, the Bair Hugger surgical blanket was used to keep her body warm. After the operation, she developed a Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection in her knee. MRSA is difficult to treat because it is resistant to many different antibiotics. The lawsuit alleges that multiple surgeries were performed in an effort to fight the infection, but ultimately physicians were forced to amputate her leg above the knee. Continue reading
Due to a potential fire risk, Nissan is recalling roughly 134,000 2016-2017 Maxima sedans, 2015-2017 Murano crossovers, and 2015-2016 Murano Hybrids. The recall only affects models equipped with Intelligent Cruise Control.
According to Auto Blog, the recall is being issued because the Intelligent Cruise Control has an anti-lock brake actuator pump; this feature might let brake fluid leak onto an internal electrical circuit board. An underhood fire can result if this occurs. Continue reading
A bicyclist was critically injured on September 15 in a possible hit-and-run in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York.
Witnesses told police that the 43-year-old bicyclist appeared to have collided with a Jeep at Fulton Street and Tompkins Avenue just after 10:30 p.m. Thursday night. According to witnesses, the vehicle fled the accident scene, ABC 7 Eyewitness News reports. Continue reading