We've been saying it for years: Medical malpractice is not a significant factor in the rising cost of American health care. Since 2003, medical malpractice costs have decreased 28.2 percent, yet the cost of medical care has increased 58.2 percent.
About 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.
Deadly bacteria like MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, kill more people every year than AIDS, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The problem is especially serious because the majority of these infections occur in hospitals and nursing homes, where patients are medically vulnerable. The medical community has struggled to find ways to combat these "superbugs," but new research has uncovered a great method to fight MRSA and other bacteria.
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.
Medical malpractice lawsuits provide accountability for medical errors and allow injured patients to recover compensation. However, another benefit of malpractice suits has been overlooked: the improved safety of American health care.
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine recently completed a study that supports what medical malpractice attorneys have been saying for decades: malpractice lawsuits are not the cause of soaring healthcare costs.
A comprehensive medical study found that U.S. hospitals increase their profit margins when patients suffer surgery errors or complications.
An unconscionable study risked the lives and health of more than 1,300 babies without their parents' knowledge. The trial, known as the SUPPORT study, provided varying levels of oxygen to prematurely born infants and measured the effects. The government-funded study spanned five years and involved 23 hospitals across the nation, including Wayne State University.
The medical community knows that concussions aren't good for the brain, but there has been disagreement about whether an isolated concussion can cause long-lasting brain damage. The answer is yes, according to researchers from the New York University Longone School of Medicine. The medical study found that patients' brains still displayed significant damage one year after enduring a single concussion.