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Surgical Errors Archives

Doctors often reluctant to report medical mistakes

Federal requirements regarding the reporting of medical errors are apparently still open to interpretation. According to certain doctors, the Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Act of 2005 was passed to encourage physicians to report errors while at the same time be shielded from public disclosure of these errors. Yet certain states have issued court rulings that may disclose more information than these same physicians are comfortable with.

Post surgical errors found to be extremely common

Errors following surgery are unfortunately common. According to a study, it is estimated that about half of such errors can lead to serious health issues for the patient. And it is also felt that the current safety protocol of most hospitals will not prevent these types of errors from occurring.

Neurosurgeon performs large number of unnecessary surgeries

A neurosurgeon was reported as having performed ten times more the number of multiple spinal-fusion operations than other neurosurgeons. This doctor has been sued 34 times for medical malpractice, and the majority of these cases involve surgical errors due to the performance of unnecessary surgeries.

Pennsylvania woman unable to convince jury of malpractice

Medical malpractice lawsuits are often a difficult area for attorneys to prove up since most such lawsuits concern a highly technical area. The attorney must not only make his case to a judge, he or she must also make it understandable for a jury.

False positives and ovarian cancer screenings

A problem with a misdiagnosis is that it can ultimately lead to a number of unnecessary medical procedures. It has recently been found that screenings for ovarian cancer often lead to what are called false-positives - leading doctors to believe a patient has ovarian cancer when they do not.

About 1 in 10 patients suffers postoperative complications

According to the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, approximately ten percent of patients develop postoperative complications following surgery. The study showed that as many as 11.3 percent of surgical patients were admitted back to the hospital within 30 days after surgery.

Hospital chain accused of performing unnecessary surgery

HCA is considered to be the largest for-profit hospital chain in the United States, and it has 163 facilities - some here in Pennsylvania. HCA is also now at the center of a medical ethics scandal due to some of the surgical operation procedures at these facilities.

Despite requirements, medical mistakes remain unreported

Pennsylvania has spent a significant amount of time revamping its reporting requirements for hospital errors. However, according to a Department of Health and Human Services report (HHS), hospitals across the country are ignoring state requirements for reporting of errors where patients may have been harmed.

Should Pennsylvania residents avoid surgery in July?

Many Pennsylvania television viewers have come to know the interns of "Grey's Anatomy." Together, Meredith Grey, Izzie Stephens, Alex Karev and the entire group have experienced ups and downs and banded together over the mistakes that they made during their internships. Although their mistakes make for a dramatic storyline, they spell disaster and pain in real life.

Doctor suspended in one state continues practicing in others

A doctor that works for the veteran's administration and that has a license, among other states, in Pennsylvania, has a significant disciplinary history against him. And while his license was suspended in one state for purported medical malpractice, he was still allowed to continue practicing in another state.

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