Robotic surgical 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.
A colonoscopy, gastroscopy or duodenoscopy isn't on anyone's list of favorite things to do, but every year 15 to 20 million patients go through these uncomfortable procedures for the positive impact on their health. Disturbingly, a new medical study reveals that it's common for the instruments used in these procedures to be unsterile, carrying "biological dirt" on them from prior patients.
Ann Arbor attorney Peter A. Davis recently shared his medical malpractice info-graphs with McKeen & Associates, PC. The charts are telling: Medical malpractice accounts for more unnatural deaths each year than all of the other causes combined.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a deadly form of bacteria that infects approximately 90,000 Americans each year, killing about 20,000 of them. Hospitals and nursing homes commonly harbor MRSA, exposing countless people to the deadly "superbug." Unfortunately, we're currently at the seasonal peak of MRSA infections affecting those age 65 and older.
The contaminated steroid epidemic that has infected at least 478 people with fungal meningitis has gotten worse than previously thought: New, non-meningitis infections tied to the tainted steroids are surfacing across the country.
More than 35 people have contracted a deadly form of meningitis after receiving contaminated steroid injections. Of those patients, five have died and that number is expected to grow.
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.
New research from the University of Chicago suggests that hospital patients are at least twice as likely to suffer an infection of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) than they were just a short time ago. The data shows that 21 of 1,000 patients suffered a hospital-acquired MRSA infection in 2003. Just five years later, that number doubled to 42 of every 1,000.