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Fabius Anesthesia Machines by Dräger Medical: Class I Recalls - Due to Production Step Error

FDA MedWatch -

Dräger Medical is recalling the Fabius Anesthesia machines due to excessive oil that was not removed at the time of production. Such excess oil may interfere with the position detector of the ventilation motor during operation and may cause ventilation to fail. A halt in ventilation may lead to serious adverse health consequences, including patient injury or death.

Neurovascular Stents Used for Stent-Assisted Coiling (SAC): Letter to Health Care Providers - Recommendations Associated With the Use of These Devices in the Treatment of Unruptured Brain Aneurysms

FDA MedWatch -

The FDA has received reports associated with the use of these devices in the treatment of unruptured brain aneurysms that suggest some events of peri-procedural stroke and/or death may have been related to procedural risks or patient selection related factors. These factors include patients who had serious co-morbidities resulting in a reduced life expectancy, or who were intolerant to required anticoagulation or anti-platelet therapy.

Lamictal (lamotrigine): Drug Safety Communication - Serious Immune System Reaction

FDA MedWatch -

The FDA is warning that the medicine lamotrigine (Lamictal) for seizures and bipolar disorder can cause a rare but very serious reaction that excessively activates the body’s infection-fighting immune system. This can cause severe inflammation throughout the body and lead to hospitalization and death, especially if the reaction is not diagnosed and treated quickly. As a result, we are requiring a new warning about this risk be added to the prescribing information in the lamotrigine drug labels. The immune system reaction, called hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), causes an uncontrolled response by the immune system. HLH typically presents as a persistent fever, usually greater than 101°F, and it can lead to severe problems with blood cells and organs throughout the body such as the liver, kidneys, and lungs.

Integrating Behavioral Health in the Emergency Department and Upstream

Institute for Healthcare Improvement -

This report discusses barriers to integrating behavioral health in the ED; presents the results of a literature scan of existing models to address behavioral health needs in the ED and in communities; and identifies five drivers (emerging from six key themes from existing approaches) that form the building blocks of a theory of change for making improvements in this area.​

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