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Discontinuation of antibiotics before dental procedures linked to increase in heart valve infection

Cutting back on the use of antibiotics before dental work may be to blame for an increase in heart valve infection in patients in England, a new study finds. Certain dental procedures can stir up the bacteria in the mouth and cause them to enter the bloodstream, where they can travel to the heart and cause a life threatening infection known as endocarditis. The heart problem kills 10-20 percent of those infected. People with artificial heart valves and other implants are at high risk of becoming infected with endocarditis, and those with naturally leaky heart valves, called mitral valve prolapse, are ... Read More

Anesthetic vials recalled due to contamination

Two lots of the anesthetic Bupivacaine manufactured by Hospira Inc. have been recalled because small particles were seen floating or embedded in vials of the injectable drug. The recall involves one lot of 0.25% Bupivacaine HCl injection and one lot of 0.75% Bupivacaine HCL injection, both of which come in single-dose vials. The particulate was identified as stainless steel ranging in size from 542 microns to 1,700 microns in the 0.25% vials, and as iron oxide with an average size of 2,000 microns in the 0.75% vials. If medication from contaminated vials are injected into patients the foreign particulates could ... Read More

Gas tanks for dental procedures recalled due to potentially deadly defect

Accutron, Inc. is recalling some of its gas tanks used to deliver nitrous oxide-oxygen to sedate patients during dental procedures because of two customer reports that the flowmeter on the tank was flowing nitrous oxide without any oxygen gas flow. When not mixed with oxygen, inhaling nitrous oxide can lead to temporary and permanent brain damage and death. There have been no injury reports to date. Accutron issued the recall on eight models of the Ultra PC% Cabinet Mount Flowmeter, which includes 206 units. The gas tanks were manufactured from November 2009 to April 2009 and distributed from November 26, ... Read More