When the first Windows operating system was issued there were bugs. Some would argue that there hasn't been a subsequent Windows release without glitches. The same could be said for nearly any technological advancement. And considering they nearly all involve computers in some way, it should probably not be a surprise.
Life is such a precious commodity. Is it any wonder then that when mistakes during delivery cause injuries that erode the life possibilities of a child, there is a desire to hold someone responsible? Proving the case isn't always easy, however. Consulting an attorney is always recommended in order to assess if there's a case to be made.
We make no claim about the accuracy of the coming story. We share it because it's different and because of the broad range of surgical errors that have been known to happen in the operating room. Whether it's true or not, we suspect all in Oregon can agree that surgical mistakes involving something being left behind in a patient are something that should never happen.
The birth of a child is not like setting a bone or suturing a cut. It's a nine-month process. That's capped by a period of labor and pain for the mother. If everything goes according to nature, the baby is born and all is good.
There are a lot of ways to interpret things when diagnoses of diseases start to rise. It may be that instances of the condition are actually on the increase. It might also be that health care providers have just found a better way of detecting problems and that it results in more cases being discovered.
People who are handy around the house appreciate that there is typically a tool for every conceivable task that needs to be done. It doesn't make much sense to use a screwdriver to pound in a nail. A wrench just won't do to drive home a screw. Still, there are times when the best tool for the job isn't available. A handy Oregonian might then look for something else that will do.
Have you ever had a battery-operated tool that gets finicky? The last time you used it, it was fine. You check the battery. Make sure it's installed in the device right. Hit the thing a few times with the heel of your hand. For some reason it refuses to work. Maybe after a few minutes of effort, it begins to go again.
Last week, we raised the question about who could be held responsible if a victim of robotic surgery winds up suffering complications from the procedure. A recent court case that sought and failed to hold the maker of one such device accountable suggests where the weak link might be.
Robotics appears to be really coming of age. Swinging mechanical arms moving with amazing precision along automotive assembly lines have been around for more than a few decades. But we now see robotics coming into the surgical theater.