A recent study provided insight into bariatric surgical errors, revealing that the skill of a surgeon largely impacts the likelihood that the patient will experience complications. This conclusion seems straightforward enough, but it's startling that patients of unskilled bariatric surgeons are three times more likely to suffer from errors than skilled surgeons.
Boston Scientific and its child company, Guidant, recently settled a lawsuit with the Department of Justice (DOJ) for knowingly selling defective defibrillators. Guidant must pay $30 million.
The Fentanyl patch is one of the most powerful painkillers on the market, so you'd think that product quality would be of utmost importance. Sadly, Fentanyl product-quality problems caused 802 serious adverse events in 2012 alone, according to the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP).
Many things can go wrong during a surgery, but the majority of patients have an operation that is considered successful and they begin healing normally. Incredibly, about 6,000 patients face severe post-surgery complications - including internal infection and wrongful death - because a surgical team left a sponge inside them.