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June 2013 Archives

Study: Procedure For Robotic Surgery Needs Safety Upgrade

Robotic Thumbnail image for surgeon.JPGsurgical systems have recently come under scrutiny after many patients have suffered poor outcomes. Lawsuits allege that surgeons, hospitals and robotic device manufacturers, such as Intuitive Surgical, Inc., all bear blame for botched procedures. Fortunately, a recent study found that many robotic surgery errors can be prevented by a relatively simple checklist.

Unsterile Endoscopes Not Only Disgusting, But Deadly

A endoscope.jpgcolonoscopy, gastroscopy or duodenoscopy isn't on anyone's list of favorite things to do, but every year 15 to 20 million patients go through these uncomfortable procedures for the positive impact on their health. Disturbingly, a new medical study reveals that it's common for the instruments used in these procedures to be unsterile, carrying "biological dirt" on them from prior patients.

Despite Rising Demand, Emergency Rooms Becoming More Scarce

Approximatelyemergency room.jpg 20 percent of Americans visited an emergency room (ER) in 2011, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There were a total of 130 million visits to ERs in 2011, a 33-million visit increase from 1995. Despite the rise in need, 11 percent of the nation's emergency departments were eliminated during that same period.

Women Disproportionately Injured By Medical Devices

Thewoman in pain.JPG American Association for Justice (AAJ) recently analyzed the history of women's medical products and found that women are disproportionately harmed by devices. The research is particularly unsettling because women in the modern era seem just as likely to be harmed by a dangerous medical device as women decades ago.