Surgical Errors Archives

Surgical operation complications: study says return to original provider/facility

According to a recent study led by a researcher from the University of Utah School of Medicine, patients who suffer from complications after a surgery do best to return to the hospital where the surgery occurred rather than having the problem addressed somewhere else. The study said that returning to the facility where the surgery occurred reduced the risk of death over the following two months.

Study: preventable surgical errors are rare, but causes remain unclear

Although we live in a country that offers some of the best health care services in the world, many of us don’t think too much about the possibility that we could be injured by our doctors. Mistakes in medical care do happen, though. In some cases, mistakes are just part of the risk of a course of care. In surgery, for instance, there is the possibility that a patient will have a bad reaction to anesthesia, or that he or she could develop an infection, despite proper care from providers.

Surgeon's Egotism, Drug Use Caused Patients' Paralysis, Death

The former patients of a surgeonsurgeons-thumb-170x113-32293.jpg recently filed lawsuits against the hospital that hosted him, arguing that it had knowledge that the doctor was an "an egomaniac, mentally ill, an alcoholic, drug addict or a combination thereof."

Considering Hip Or Knee Surgery? List Of Best And Worst Hospitals

Choose your hospital for hip or knee replacement surgery wisely, kneesurgery-thumb-160x106-30869.jpgas the complication rate can greatly differ. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) has recorded the number of complications that Medicare patients suffered after receiving knee or hip surgery at U.S. hospitals.

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.

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.

Study: 1 In 4 Surgery Errors Attributed To Equipment, Technology

Aboutsurgery-thumb-160x120-22917.jpg 24 percent of all surgical mistakes are caused by technology problems or equipment failure, according to research recently published in BMJ Quality and Safety. The study is alarming, as the use of complex technology in the operating room has risen dramatically. It's becoming apparent that the prevalence of computer-driven instruments, such as the da Vinci robotic surgical system, brings its own set of risks to surgery.

Study: Procedure For Robotic Surgery Needs Safety Upgrade

Robotic surgeon-thumb-140x93-18157-thumb-140x93-18100.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.

Sales Of Da Vinci Surgical System Often Put Patients At Risk

If surgeon-thumb-140x93-18157.jpgyou have a scheduled surgery you may want to call your doctor to make sure you aren't going to be his or her "guinea pig" for learning a new, robotic surgical system. It's happened to thousands of patients, who only become aware of it after they are seriously injured and initiate a medical malpractice suit. Fred E. Taylor was one such patient.

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