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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.

Study: Post-Surgical Mistakes Alarmingly Common

A recent study revealed that post-operative mistakes are disturbingly common.  U.K. researchers examined 659 days of post-surgical care and found 256 mistakes. Even more troubling, these errors caused harm to the patient most of the time (51 percent). The ground-breaking study was published in the Annals of Surgery.

Proposed Kidney Transplant Rules Aim To Eliminate Organ Waste

More than 90,000 Americans are on the kidney transplant waiting list. In 2011, more than 4,700 patients on this list died because they didn't receive a donor kidney. The statistics paint a clear picture: Donor kidneys are desperately needed to save lives. This is why another statistic is so incredibly troubling: More than 2,600 donor kidneys were thrown away last year.

4,000 Objects Left In Patients After Surgery Each Year In U.S.

Every surgical operation comes with risks, but most hospitals work hard to minimize complications within their control. However, one mistake that can easily be eliminated continues to victimize thousands of U.S. patients. Items such as sponges, gauze or surgical instruments are left inside the bodies of patients an estimated 4,000 times every year.

Surgical Clips Misused In Kidney Transplants With Fatal Results

The world's top doctors will tell you that a successful surgery needs more than just steady hands and experience. Detailed preparation is the foundation of any operation, yet kidney donor recipients are frequently becoming the victims of a deadly oversight by surgical staffs across the country.

Da Vinci system proves dangerous in the hands of some surgeons

The da Vinci Surgical System is a robotic instrument that allows surgeons to create tiny incisions in their patients. The device purportedly allows surgeons to create incisions with a level of accuracy that cannot be achieved by the traditional tools of hands and a scalpel.

Study: 15 percent of surgeons have drinking problems

A successful surgeon needs steady hands and good judgment, two things not commonly associated with doctors who have drug and alcohol problems. That makes the results of a recent medical study particularly unsettling for patients across the nation. According to University of Washington researchers, 15 percent of surgeons abuse alcohol or have dependency issues.

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