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.
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.
Each year, some people are injured because of medical errors made during surgery. Health care facilities continually look for ways to decrease the surgical error rate, and they have largely tried to do so by implementing one of two main approaches.
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.
Are you aware of the risks you face during surgery? A new study found that roughly 50 percent of surgeries in the United States involve a medication error or side effects from the drugs you are given.
When Oregon patients go into surgery, they expect their doctors to make no mistakes when they are under the knife. A study found, however that mistakes were made during nearly half of the surgeries researchers analyzed.
Many orthopedists in Oregon and around the country are fully aware of the risks involved in their profession. Therefore, the latest findings by The Doctors Company regarding medical malpractice lawsuits may be of interest to them.
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.
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.
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.