Some Oregon residents who lack insurance coverage turn to the Internet for medical help through websites that offer personal consultations without the high costs of office visits. Teledermatology is a subset of the telemedicine movement, allowing individuals to discuss their skin conditions while providing photographs and other pertinent information electronically. A study that has been published in a peer-reviewed medical journal targeted this area to identify whether this approach to treating dermatological conditions was safe or effective.
Thousands of Oregon residents undergo elective surgery each year, and many of these procedures are designed to provide cosmetic benefits rather than treat medical conditions. Plastic surgery is a lucrative segment of the health care industry, but patients considering a cosmetic procedure may be wise to remember that even minor operations involve an element of risk. These dangers came to the fore on May 16 when news outlets in Miami reported that a 29-year-old woman had died after undergoing a procedure known as a Brazilian butt lift at a South Florida clinic.
Oregon patients may know that computer systems and robots are being used in some surgical procedures. A medical device called Merge Hemo is sometimes used to help doctors perform heart surgery. While connected to the tube that is inserted into a patient's veins and arteries, the device sends data back to a computer program while surgery is being performed.
As Oregon residents may have heard, robots have made their way into the medical field. Surgeons at a children's medical center demonstrated that a robot could perform soft-tissue surgery.
According to medical experts, patients in Oregon and nationwide are most vulnerable to complications when being discharged from the hospital. Studies show the problem is even worse for older patients with complex medical needs.
Oregon hospitals sometimes pay a heavy price when items like sponges and surgical screws are left inside a patient's body. In addition to possible malpractice awards and the associated premium hikes, medical facilities must often bear the costs of follow-up surgical procedures to remove the items in question. These expenses can add up to $600,000 or more, according to an executive at a leading medical device manufacturer.
Oregon residents may know that women who become pregnant over the age of 35 are at an increased risk for many complications. Now, a study shows that women who are at an advanced maternal age at first birth have an increased risk of major pelvic floor trauma during delivery.
When an Oregon resident requires treatment for a medical issue, there is an inherent trust that the hospital staff will not make a mistake that leads to harm. However, errors can and do happen, and research suggests that the problem is far greater than previously thought.
Oregon medical professionals know that electronic health records are being adopted by more and more health care systems. These records are supposed to make it easier to research a patient's medical history, improve patient safety and save money. However, a study by researchers at Oxford University shows that EHRs for mental health patients are often fragmented and incomplete, which reduces their usefulness.