Why medical manufacturers need to address risks early

The outbreak of the ‘superbug’ bacteria at the UCLA Health Center late last year, was linked to the use of the hospital’s duodenoscopes. The situation brought into sharp focus the need for proper sterilization of medical equipment. The subsequent lawsuits brought against the manufacturer of the medical scope, shows why medical manufactures need to address possible risks early, by reviewing current standards for sterilization.

Although the medical scopes were cleaned according to the specifications outlined by the manufacturer and the FDA, an outbreak did occur. This was due to the fact that the design of the machines makes them difficult to clean. Cleaning is usually done manually, as the machines are sensitive to high temperatures, and cannot be sterilized using an autoclave.

After the outbreak, the FDA issued a Safety Communication in February 2015, advising that the design of the endoscope may impede effective cleaning.

Consequent to the fallout from this case, both medical manufacturers, and health care facilities need to be proactive and implement procedures to minimize risk. There is no doubt that the public will be demanding more accountability from both parties. Therefore neither of them will be able to avoid culpability in these matters.

For their part, medical manufacturers need to re-evaluate the sterilization of these types of devices. Health care providers also have a role to play, because in the absence of a review, they need to put in place procedures that will ensure that medical devices are properly sterilized.   This is the only way that any potential risks will be identified and addressed early.

Medical manufactures or health care facilities that need legal counsel on this matter, can contact Nelson Hardiman, LLP, Los Angeles at 310-203-2800. You can also go online to http://www.nelsonhardiman.com/contact-us/.

Best body contouring solutions for tightening skin after weight loss

tightening skin after weight loss

The exhilaration felt after significant weight loss is often tempered by the amount of loose, flabby skin that’s often left behind. Skin does not usually snap back into its original tautness after massive weight loss. Therefore it often takes some of the best solutions for tightening skin after weight loss, to get the body in shape.

After major weight loss, there is typically a lot of extra skin on areas such as the face, arms, abdomen, thighs, and breasts, and eliminating it often requires surgical intervention.  A face lift, arm lift, tummy tuck, medial thigh lift, and breast lift, are the body contouring procedures usually recommended for dealing with sagging skin in these areas.

  • Facelift: A facelift pulls the skin tight, and gets rid of extra skin in the mid-face, and also the jowls and neck.


  • Arm Lift: The arm lift or brachioplasty improves the contours of the upper arms, by eliminating excess skin and fatty deposits. The tighter skin makes the arm look shapely and more youthful.


  • Tummy Tuck: A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty gets rids of excess abdominal skin and also tightens the muscles, giving the midriff a toned appearance.


  • Medial Thigh Lift: The medial thigh lift corrects sagging in the inner and outer thighs.


  • Breast Lift: A breast lift or mastopexy improves sagging breasts, by elevating them on the chest. This is done by removing excess skin, tightening the surrounding muscles, and repositioning the nipple.

Adults should not consider having these body contouring procedures done until they have achieved their desired weight.

If you have recently undergone major weight loss and would like to learn more about these skin tightening solutions, contact Accent Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Tupelo, MS. Call (662) 377-6290 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mark Craig.

Benefits of retaining a healthcare attorney for dentists

During the course of business, health care professionals such as dentists are faced with several compliance and business issues that affect their medical practice. It’s always advisable to retain the services of a healthcare attorney for dentists, to ensure compliance with the numerous federal and state health care laws. They can also provide legal services on matters relating to business transactions, and regulatory defense.


Dentists are required to comply with health care regulations including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Stark Law, and the Anti-Kickback Statute. HIPAA governs the confidentiality of patient medical records. The Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute regulate specific types of referrals, and financial transactions.

Dentists need to make sure that they are adhering to the various regulations, and also have the related policies and procedures in place. Having a health care attorney is one way to make certain that their compliance is intact.

Business Transactions

Dentists often require legal advice at start-up, especially in relation to the type of business entity most suitable for their dental practice i.e. limited Liability Company, partnership, or Professional Corporation. A health care attorney can also manage the preparation of dental practice agreements, assist with property matters, and also with lease agreements for dental equipment.

Attorneys can also handle litigation issues arising out of overpayment appeals, disputes over dental equipment, or licensure defense and appeals. There may also be issues relating to Dental board investigations, as well as reimbursement audits and investigations.

Having a qualified health care attorney available for dentists, ensures that compliance and business transaction issues are being accurately managed. Nelson Hardiman, LLP, Los Angeles provides representation for dentists on these and other matters. Call 310-203-2800 today to speak to an attorney about legal issues affecting your dental practice.