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Wrong-site, wrong-procedure, wrong-patient: welcome to the world of surgical errors, P.1

Getting a surgical procedure can be a nerve-racking experience for many people, not only because surgery has its own inherent risks, but also because most the public is aware of the fact that surgeons and other health care providers are not perfect and do occasionally make mistakes.

Study: error-tracking makes for more effective surgical resident training

An important task for any surgical residency program is how to evaluate the skills of its surgeons in training. Thorough and effective training, of course, ensures surgeons are equipped to succeed in their work and that patients entrusted to their case will receive competent care.

Surgical retention and other errors can be costly: work with experienced legal counsel

Mistakes can happen in any medical or surgical procedure, and even the most skilled of physicians don’t perform perfectly with every patient. Sometimes mistakes have little to no long-term effect, and are nothing to worry about. In other cases, the long-term effects are significant. In some cases, the short-term consequences are significant but the problem can be fixed at a cost.

Hospital stops infant heart surgery due to surgical errors

Toward the end of 2011, a hospital in another state began doing heart surgery on infants. By June 2015, no less than nine babies died at the hospital. Michigan readers might be relieved to know that -- finally, in Aug. 2015 -- the program was shut down due to the inordinate amount of surgical errors that led to those deaths.

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.

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