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November 2013 Archives

Surgeon Study Finds Correlation Between Skill, Complications

A recent study provided insight into bariatric surgical errors,surgeon-thumb-175x126-28164.jpg 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 To Pay $30M For Selling Defective Defibrillators

Boston Scientific and its child company, Guidant,defibrillator-thumb-175x116-27650.jpg recently settled a lawsuit with the Department of Justice (DOJ) for knowingly selling defective defibrillators. Guidant must pay $30 million.

ISMP: Fentanyl Caused 1,890 Serious Adverse Events During 2012

The Fentanyl patch is one of the most powerful painkillers on the market,Fentanyl-thumb-180x119-27189.jpg 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).

The Impact Of Surgical Items Left Inside The Patient

Many things can go wrong during a surgery,surgical items-thumb-160x106-26989.jpg 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.