Ezra kindly responds to my post from Friday with a more reasoned stance than "just don't commit malpractice." His response, however, boils down to two main theses: Frivolous Lawsuits are not as common as generally thought, and Standardization can reduce the opportunity for error and thus decrease the frequency of medical malpractice suits.
Michelle R. Smith, AP Rhode Island's largest hospital was fined $150,000 and ordered to take the extraordinary step of installing video cameras in all its operating rooms after it had its fifth wrong-site surgery since 2007, state health officials said Monday. Rhode Island Hospital, the teaching hospital for Brown University's Alpert Medical School, was fined a second time for wrong-site surgeries.
Sophia Tareen, AP Serious safety issues continued to plague a southern Illinois Veterans Affairs hospital even after major surgeries were suspended two years ago because of a spike in patient deaths. Surgeons at the medical center performed procedures without proper authorization, patient deaths were not assessed adequately and miscommunication between staff members persisted, the Veterans Affairs Department's inspector general said in the report, which covers the fiscal year that recently ended.
Screaming matches in front of bewildered patients. Angry surgeons hurling instruments across the operating room. Treachery and backstabbing as physicians and nurses try to undermine one another. It may sound like a script from a television medical drama, but these kinds of scenarios are occurring frequently in hospitals across the country, according to a new survey conducted by the American College of Physician Executives.
AP - Johnson & Johnson has announced that it will trim layers of management, cut jobs, and set other restructuring moves in motion to save up to $900 million next year. The company said the job cuts will affect six to seven percent of its global work force of roughly 118,700 workers, prompting a restructuring charge of up to $1.
High-risk patients who are not taking beta-blockers should have an escalated beta-blocker therapy started before scheduled cardiovascular surgery, state recently updated guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association. Standard practices had called for initiating beta-blocker therapy on the day of the procedure, or to pump up the dose right before it in order to minimize cardiovascular surgery risks.
Future doctors and nurses are learning about acupuncture and herbs along with anatomy and physiology at a growing number of medical schools. It's another example of how alternative medicine has become mainstream. And it's often done with Uncle Sam's help, a recent article published by the Associated Press reports.
The Promethean Fluid Control Island® System is a patented, proactive device designed to capture and contain fluids lost from the patient and instrumentation during scope procedures. The product is a combination drape and collection vessel that rests on the floor, uses existing hospital wall suction and immediately evacuates fluids for measurements before they hit the floor.
"... [Former Delta pilot] Bill Mazzone, who flew jet airliners for 23 years, said it’s just as possible they got caught napping. "It’s kind of like being in an operating room. You know the physicians and the nurses…are listening to music, telling jokes, they’re doing what keeps them alert," he said.
Dr. Peter Boling holds the frail hands of 90-year-old Alberta Scott in a nursing home in Richmond, Va., Thursday Oct. 29, 2009. A geriatrician at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, he visits nursing home patients and is also one of the nation's few doctors leading a team of traveling specialists that take to the road, medical bags in hand, to see patients where and when they need it most: In their own homes, before a crisis lands them in the ER.
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Text attributed to Richard Johnson, Outdoor Life Abnormally wet fall weather in many parts of the U.S. has resulted in an unanticipated increase in snake bites. Venomous snakebites are sometimes erroneously viewed as not all that serious, because most victims survive. Rarely reported is the physical devastation that some survivors endure after envenomation.
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Aspen Surgical introduces the newest addition to our Fluid Management Line: the SurgiSafe® Suction Mat. According to the company, the mat exhibits: Ideal use for fluid intense procedures. A combination of functionality of absorption and suction to efficiently remove unlimited amounts of fluid from the OR floor.
According to a new study presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), high-risk melanoma patients who are treated with radiation after surgery have a significantly lower risk of their cancer returning to the lymph nodes (19 percent), as those who do not (31 percent).