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Posts tagged "Surgical errors"

Doctor performed surgery on wrong newborn

A baby who is born at an Oregon hospital may be given a number of checkups before the baby and mother are discharged. One family in Tennessee thought that their newborn was going for a routine checkup and then discovered that hospital staff had made a serious mistake. When the healthy baby boy was mistaken for another baby, an unnecessary surgical procedure was performed on him.

Fatality rates among infants who undergo heart surgery

Oregon residents may be shocked to learn that doctors performing complex surgical procedures on infants at some American hospitals may be lacking crucial skills and experience. A 2012 study of pediatric heart surgery in 73 hospitals found fatality rates ranging from 6.5 percent to 38.4 percent, and further attention was drawn to the issue by a report published in JAMA in October 2015.

The importance of a safety culture in hospitals

Oregon residents may be interested in a recent study that indicates that the safety culture of a hospital or medical facility can have a significant impact on patient outcomes. Researchers looking at 12 safety culture factors in seven hospitals in Minnesota discovered that complication rates and surgical site infections after colon surgeries were influenced by several of the safety culture factors.

New handbook could help Oregon surgeons and their patients

It is estimated that 12 percent of patients will experience an adverse event in a hospital, with half of those occurring while in surgery. Adverse events include leaving an object in a patient, infections that could have been avoided or the death of a patient. Researchers from the University of Aberdeen have identified several non-technical skills that those in an operating room may need to help avoid these accidents.

Installing cameras into operating rooms

Oregon residents may be interested in learning more about the push for implementing cameras into operating rooms to better document surgical procedures. Trailing only cancer and heart disease, medical errors is the third-leading cause of death in the country, killing an estimated 400,000 people every year. Many of these surviving relatives believe they would have more answers about their loved ones' demise if physicians' and staff members' activities were monitored by cameras installed in surgical operating rooms.

Lack of sleep may not affect surgical outcome

As some Oregon residents know, sleep deprivation may affect job performance. A new study looks at whether a lack of sleep affects a surgeon's performance the next day. Since some health care advocates are calling for regulation requiring a surgeon to disclose to patients how much sleep he or she had, the latest study opines it might not be necessary.


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