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New Burn Center Opening in New Orleans

A new burn center will be opening soon in New Orleans, giving many patients along the Gulf Coast a more local option for the treatment of burn injuries. According to The Times-Picayune, the new integrated Burn Center and Level 1 Trauma Center at University Medical Center is expected to open in February or March 2018. The new burn center is a big deal not only for those in the New Orleans area but for the country as well. According to Dr. Jeffrey Carter, the Medical Director of UMC’s Burn Center, there are only 1,900 beds available for patients with burn ... Read More

Jury Finds New Orleans Woman Guilty of Medicare Fraud

A federal jury found a New Orleans woman guilty of cheating Medicare out of millions of dollars through a scheme of paying and receiving illegal kickbacks and billing the health care program for power wheelchairs and other medical equipment. After a three-day trial, Sandra Parkman, 61, was convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit health care fraud, one count of conspiracy to pay and receive kickbacks, two counts of health care fraud, and five counts of accepting kickbacks, the U.S. Department of Justice announced. Federal prosecutors alleged that Ms. Parkman and her boss Tracy Richardson Brown, who is also ... Read More

New study confirms heartburn drugs linked to progression of kidney disease

Proton pump inhibitors, or PPIs, used to treat heartburn, acid reflux and ulcers, are some of the most prescribed drugs in the world. PPIs are sold under name brands such as Prevacid, Nexium and Prilosec, by prescription and over the counter, and they are taken by more than 20 million Americans in any given year. “PPIs have been regarded as generally safe and without serious adverse effects. However, this perspective is changing,” said Danish scientists earlier this year when they published a study linking the drugs to an increased risk for serious foodborne infection, listeriosis. The drugs have been linked ... Read More

Hernia Mesh Blamed for Injuries and Excruciating Pain

Physiomesh, made by Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon, isn’t the only hernia mesh currently under fire for its allegedly defective design. The Ventralex ST Mesh, made by C.R. Bard and Davol, Inc., is getting its fair share of criticism, with similar claims of pain and infection as its sister product, Physiomesh. Richard Stipelcovich of Orleans Parish, Louisiana, was implanted with a Ventralex ST Mesh to treat an incarcerated umbilical hernia on Oct. 4, 2016, at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans. The surgeon was Dr. James E. Brown, who trusted Bard’s product to be as safe as it claimed to be. Following the placement ... Read More

Medical device linked to infection in child heart patients

At least a dozen children who had heart surgery at Children’s Hospital in New Orleans from late May to June developed infections at the incision site. The problem is linked to a temperature-regulating device used during their procedures, said Dr. John Heaton, the hospital’s senior vice president and chief medical officer. The machine has since been replaced and the infected patients are being treated with intravenous antibiotics, he said. Doctors were alerted to the problem after three incision infections were reported within 72 hours in children who had undergone heart surgery at Children’s. The infections were caused by a common ... Read More

New Orleans Woman Convicted for Fraudulent Medicare Kickbacks

A New Orleans woman has been convicted of multiple criminal charges for her involvement in a Medicare fraud scheme to obtain illegal kickbacks for referring mentally ill Medicare beneficiaries to home health agencies in and around New Orleans. After a two-day trial, a Louisiana federal jury found Kim Ricard guilty of conspiracy, identity theft, and making false statements to law enforcement in connection with her part in the illegal kickback scheme, which reaped about $2.1 million from the government health care program, the U.S. Department of Justice announced. Federal prosecutors alleged at trial that in addition to engaging in the ... Read More

Tractor-Trailer Crash Throws Three People off New Orleans Bridge

Three people were hurled off a New Orleans Bridge into Lake Pontchartrain in New Orleans when a tractor-trailer collided with a tow truck and an SUV Sunday night, Sept. 17. The Louisiana State Police said the accident occurred just before 10 p.m. when a tractor-trailer traveling westbound on the Bonnet Carre Spillway Bridge stretch of I-10 slammed into a tow-truck that was in the right lane attempting to load a stranded SUV, according to The Times-Picayune. The collision caused all three vehicles to burst into flames. The driver of the tractor-trailer, a passenger in that truck, and the driver of ... Read More

Deadly Side Underride Crash Spurs Call For Regulations

A deadly side underride crash involving a tractor-trailer and two cars that killed four people on I-81 in New York July 7 has renewed a push by a legislators and safety advocates to mandate side guards on tractor trailers and other heavy trucks. That crash prompted U. S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) and families devastated by horrific side-underride crashes to call on Congress to pass a bill that would mandate side underride protection on both tractor-trailers and all heavy single-unit trucks, such as cement mixers and dump trucks. Underride crashes render airbags and other crash protection obsolete because ... Read More

New Orleans Elevator Malfunction Injures Five Workers

An elevator malfunction at the scene of a luxury condo development in New Orleans injured five construction workers July 28 and triggered an investigation by federal safety officials. The elevator inside The Standard plummeted seven stories to the ground with 11 construction workers inside. Amazingly, only five of the workers were injured and the most serious injury was a fractured foot. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sent inspectors to the construction site at South Rampart and Julia Streets to open an investigation. The investigation is still underway. It could take weeks for a preliminary report and months before ... Read More

American Eagle Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Selma

Two people were hospitalized for injuries they suffered on an American Eagle flight that had to make an emergency landing in Selma, Alabama, June 21. The passengers were traveling on American Airlines Flight 5559 from New Orleans to Washington D.C. when the cockpit and cabin began to fill with a burning odor. The plane was carrying 65 passengers and four crewmembers. “They told us it was a malfunction with the brakes and that they saw smoke outside,” passenger Shavonne Bowman told WSFA Montgomery. “My heart started racing. I started praying, and I just followed the instructions.” The American Eagle plane ... Read More