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Surgical Error

Although most surgeries are carried out at high standards, with little or sometimes no errors at all, at times these errors can come with catastrophic ramifications. As the saying goes every surgery comes with some element of risk especially in major surgeries where the risk involved is intensified. Therefore, it is the sole duty of the hospital to inform the patient of the possible surgical error before the procedure is carried out to avoid any liability in case a patient decides to file a suit in a court of law in the event that some surgical errors have occurred after a surgical procedure. However, this does not mean that you are not entitled to make surgery error compensation claim if you suffered any form of physical or mental injury as a result of a surgical procedure.

The "July Effect": Do You Receive Worse Medical Care in July?

 Rumor has it that July is the worst time of the year to go to the hospital. This is due largely to the influx of brand new residents, fresh from medical school, who are more apt to make medical mistakes.

But is that all there is to it? Is it simply urban legend or does the rumor hold true?

Does experience correlate to better care? The answer to this is even more complicated: it depends.

On the one hand, doctors with more experience tend to have more practical working knowledge. They've seen symptoms in action and have a better idea of what treatments work best under what conditions. But on the other hand, doctors fresh out of medical school may be more up to date on the latest technology, cutting edge of education and are usually less susceptible to falling into biased ways of thinking. And that thinking outside of the box can arguably lead to better care and improved patient safety at times.

But it does still depend - largely on why a patient is at the hospital in the first place.

Hospital Safety Ratings, Now Brought To You By Consumer Reports

 When thinking about buying a new car, you can turn to Consumer Reports when you're evaluating the safety features of a given model. If that is the case with a major purchase, shouldn't you have similar options when making a major medical decision?

The good news is that now you basically can. For the first time, Consumer Reports has rated hospitals for safety. Now when you're looking to select healthcare providers or undergo a surgical procedure you can evaluate the safety records of the hospitals you are considering going to. Thanks to data provided by government agencies, independent organizations, medical literature, personal interviews with patients and medical staff and safety experts, you can review the standardized safety ratings to make more educated decisions before you put your life in the hands of a doctor.

The statistics of putting your life - literally - in the hands of your doctor are not very comforting.

FAQ: What are the odds of cataract surgery failing?

 According to medical experts, cataract surgery is successful 85 to 92 percent of the time. Serious complications in cataract surgeries happen only 5 percent of the time. But increased pain, swelling around the eyes and decreased vision are signs that a surgical error may have occurred.

If you believe that you are a victim of medical malpractice, schedule a free consultation with our office today. Call 212-750-1200 or email our office.

Surgical Fires Occur Too Often, Says the FDA

 The 68-year-old man went in for what he thought would be a rather routine surgery: implanting a pacemaker in his chest. He came out of surgery with second-degree burns to his upper body when he started on fire.

A cauterizing tool, fueled by the patient's oxygen mask, caused a 29-year-old woman's face to erupt in flames while she lay on the operating table. She had been in surgery to have three cysts on her head removed.

A 52-year-old patient received severe burns after a minor explosion occurred in the operating room. A New York surgeon had been performing a tracheotomy when the electronic scalpel sparked, igniting the oxygen supply.

Adding Photos to E-Records Could Help Prevent Medical Mistakes From Occurring

 Hospitals and doctors are generally on the lookout for ideas that will help prevent medical mistakes from occurring. While not all ideas are cost-effective or easy to implement, often times even very simple ideas could make a significant difference when it comes to reducing hospital and surgical errors.

One such solution of late is putting children's photos on their on their electronic hospital charts.

Study Suggests Doctor Fatigue Increases Likelihood of Medical Mistake

 Being fatigued throughout the workday is basically the equivalent of being legally drunk. And that can have particularly dangerous consequences when your job requires you to spend your days in the operating room with a scalpel in hand.

According to a recent study with a small sampling of surgical residents at two hospitals in Boston, researchers found that sleep-deprived surgeons are more likely to make significant errors than surgeons that are more well-rested. New guidelines were put into place a few years ago that limited the number of work hours that surgical residents could put in. But the study found that, despite these limitations, the average five-and-a-half hours of sleep a night received by residents still was not enough to stave off fatigue throughout the workday.

New Technology Keeps Surgical Sponges Out of Patients

 In 2009, the well-known Mayo Clinic began using SurgiCount, a new safety technology designed to combat the mistake of leaving surgical sponges inside surgery patients. The system relies on an electronic bar code reader much like a supermarket grocery scanner. The reader tracks a bar code assigned to each packet of sponges and each individual sponge within a package. Nurses scan the package before each procedure and each sponge after the operation. In addition, the nurses manually count the surgical sponges - the traditional method of tracking sponges.

Medical experts say the system is convenient, easy to use and cheap, at just $2 per operation. One expert noted that by preventing just one mistake, the system more than pays for itself.

Surgeons Who Drink Before Operating Put Patients at Risk

 For many, it is no surprise that people who work in high-stress occupations are vulnerable to alcohol abuse. Unfortunately, many of these same occupations require a great deal of skill. This is particularly troubling when the abuse might affect a medical practitioner who needs to operate at peak performance to ensure the safety of a patient.

A recent survey has revealed that a high percentage of medical surgeons have a drinking problem. A survey published in the February edition of Archives of Surgery found that 14 percent of male surgeons and 26 percent of female surgeons are alcoholics. One analyst has said the numbers might even be higher, since only about 29 percent of those surveyed actually responded. Researchers do not find this surprising since people with drinking problems often are reluctant to reveal that problem to others.

The survey did not specifically attempt to learn if surgeons who drink more have higher rates ofmedical negligence. But an earlier study in the same publication indicated this might be the case if the surgeon operates the day after a night of drinking.

$178M Verdict for Medical Negligence in Gastric Bypass Case

 When a Florida man underwent gastric bypass surgery the last thing he expected was to end up in a wheelchair, almost blind and unable to speak. But after receiving poor follow-up treatment to weight loss surgery that is exactly what happened.

Two years ago, the man had gastric bypass surgery at Memorial Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. Following the surgery, he experienced several complications - most of which the doctor failed to properly diagnose and as a result not treated in a timely manner.

The man and his family sued the hospital, alleging that the care he received was below industry standards and that the doctor who performed the weight loss surgery was not qualified to handle bariatric surgical procedure.

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