Zimmer CR-Flex Knee Implant

Zimmer sells the NexGen CR-Flex uncemented knee implants. These Zimmer uncemented knees fail early in 9% of the patients studied, according to a recent New York Times article. Most of these Zimmer protheses have been cleared for use by the FDA but adequacy of testing in patients has been questioned. As a result, what will happen to the patients after implantation may not …

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DePuy ASR Hip Implant Recall

DePuy Orthopaedics, a subsidiary of Johnson and Johnson, recalled its ASR XL Acetabular System and ASR Hip Implant System on August 26, 2010 due to higher than expected rates of failures causing patients to undergo a second hip replacement procedure. The DePuy ASR Hip Implant System is a large diameter metal-on-metal system.  The ASR System has been sold worldwide since 2004 and sold in the …

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Reported issues with LifePort® vascular ports

The LifePort® line of ports, manufactured by Horizon Medical Products, offers a complete line of venous and arterial ports. Recently, we’ve received reports of a potential defect in the Horizon LifePort® line of ports. After being surgically implanted into the body, the catheter may crack and break, causing catheter fragments to travel through the veins into the heart. This can …

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Possible risks from use of Ortho Evra birth control patch

Ortho McNeil, a Johnson and Johnson subsidiary, the makers of the Ortho Evra birth control patch says that women using the patch will be exposed to about 60 percent more estrogen than those using the typical birth control pill because hormones from patches get into the bloodstream and are removed from the body differently than hormones from pills. While both …

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Risk of Operating Room Fire Grows with Use of Electrosurgical Tools and Alcohol based Preps

Late last year Chloraprep manufacturer, Carefusion, changed the labeling on the surgical skin prep product to explicitly state “do not use with electrocautery procedures.” Chloraprep is 70% isopropyl alcohol and is administered as an antibacterial on the skin prior to any incisions during surgery.  A strong push by manufacturers has resulted in ChloraPrep being the sole anti-septic surgical prep solution …

Derek RobinsonRisk of Operating Room Fire Grows with Use of Electrosurgical Tools and Alcohol based Preps