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Surgical Errors Archives

Extreme surgical error results in diminished functioning

When it comes to hospital safety, there are occasions known as "never events." This term is often applied to surgical procedures that are performed on the wrong patient or the wrong part of the body. The term comes from the rational thought that these tragic situations should never occur. In reality, however, doctors, nurses, administrators, and other hospital staff are not always as diligent as they should be when it comes to performing their jobs in Pennsylvania. As a result, these types of surgical errors do happen.

Rare surgical mistake leads to woman’s loss of function

There are many people involved in any surgery that is performed in a hospital in Pittsburgh. Nurses, doctors, and other staff may be on hand to guarantee that the procedure goes smoothly, and that the person is recovering well after surgery. If a surgical mistake is made, the patient may choose to file a lawsuit for medical malpractice, and seek money for any injuries or pain and suffering that occurred as a result of that mistake.

Doctors to blame for most robotic surgical errors and lawsuits, says OBGYN

In recent years there have been hundreds of thousands of surgical procedures performed by so-called robots. These robotic surgeries are actually performed by surgeons who use computer-assisted surgical robots to help them perform complicated procedures. Many doctors believe that when used correctly, robotic surgeries in Pennsylvania are safer and more cost effective than traditional surgery. An increase in the number of robotic surgical errors, however, has some people concerned.

Outbreak of Hepatitis C blamed on surgeon

A jury awarded $524 million medical malpractice verdict to three individuals with at least two of the individuals stating that they had received Hepatitis C due to the unsanitary practices of a surgeon. It is claimed that a gastroenterologist reused vials of anesthesia and failed to sterilize equipment. It is also alleged that the practices of this doctor may have caused as many as 50,000 patients to have contracted Hepatitis C as well due to surgical errors.

Pennsylvania woman sues doctor over claimed surgical mistake

A Pennsylvania woman has brought a medical malpractice lawsuit against a physician asserting that a surgical error on his part has resulted in nerve damage, needless pain and suffering and the need for additional medical and surgical procedures. She described the injuries that she received as being severe and permanent in nature.

Shortage of nurses may lead to surgical infections

A University of Pennsylvania study has produced an alarming statistic. Shortage of critical care nurses has been blamed in a large number of patient deaths. The researchers concluded that had Pennsylvania put into place a minimum nurse to patient ratio, more than 250 surgical deaths could have been prevented in 2010 alone.

Method for detecting sponges left in patients

Too often, sponges are left inside of patients during surgery. Close to 40 sponges are left in patients every week throughout the United States, and foreign bodies such as this are responsible for post operative infections and other adverse medical conditions.

Hospital accused of performing unnecessary cardiac procedures

The United States Attorney's Office located in Pittsburgh announced that that one healthcare provider had settled medical malpractice allegations in the amount of $2 million. It has been claimed that this healthcare provider submitted false claims to Medicare after performing unnecessary cardiac stenting between 2009 and 2011.

Surgical errors that never should occur

Surgical errors, including leaving of items inside of the body or operations on the wrong body part, occur dozens of times every week in hospitals. It has been conservatively estimated that 80,000 such incidents have occurred during the last 20 years.

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