Surgical Errors & Injuries

Radiology Errors and Unnecessary Surgeries

Far too many radiology errors are resulting in wrong diagnoses and unnecessary surgeries. Forbes magazine recently reported on the high cost of such unnecessary surgeries, not just in monetary terms, but also in terms of the human suffering involved in these unwarranted surgeries. According to the report, the error rates from x-rays and other minor […]

Study: Human Factors Linked to More than Half of Surgical Errors

There are several factors that can increase the risk of an error during a surgery, but a new study finds that human deficiencies or errors are linked to more than half of all surgical errors. The study was conducted by Baylor College of Medicine. The investigators used their college’s weekly conferences during which doctors identify […]

‘Second Victims’ of Medical Negligence: Why the Term Should be Done Away With

The British Medical Journal recently published an editorial calling for the abandonment of the term ”second victims” to refer to healthcare providers who have caused patient harm as a result of medical errors. The term “second victim” was coined by Albert Wu back in 2000 in an editorial that was also published in the British […]

Orthopaedic Surgeons Report Higher Levels of Stress, Burnout Symptoms

Orthopaedic specialists are more likely than other doctors to report higher than typical levels of burnout or stress. Much of this stress has to do with their use of Electronic Health Records. The study focused on doctors who use Electronic Health Record systems. These systems have been adopted by 96 percent of American health care […]

Stressed Surgeons Make 66 percent More Errors

According to a new study, stress affects a surgeon dramatically in an operating room, and can increase his chances of making an error by a staggering 66 percent. The results of the study were reported in the British Journal of Surgery. The researchers attached a device that measures electrocardiogram data to the surgeon during surgery, […]

New Documentary Spotlights Medical Errors

A new documentary shines the light on a much – neglected problem surrounding patient safety – the nexus between doctors /hospitals and insurance companies that makes it harder for injured patients   to recover justice after they have been injured due to medical negligence. The documentary titled Bleed Out premiered on HBO recently, and featured accounts […]

Artificial Intelligence in Health Care: Questions of Medical Malpractice and Liability

Artificial intelligence is fast taking over hospitals and operating rooms. There are undeniably great advantages to the use of artificial intelligence in hospital environments. However, questions of liability in the event of a medical error or patient harm must also be strictly defined. Medical errors are one of the leading causes of unintentional death in […]

More Than Half of All American Doctors Suffer Burnout Symptoms

Workplace fatigue and burnout is a problem affecting American doctors, and according to a new study, as many as half of all doctors in the country are experiencing symptoms of fatigue that actually increase their risk of medical errors. The poll was conducted by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine and focused on nearly […]

Trucking Rule to Prevent Fatigue-Related Accidents Now in Effect

The federal administration’s new trucking rule that would require the use of digital tracking technology in all commercial trucks, is soon to go into effect. However, all initial reports suggest that there are still quite a few quibbles with the technology that need to be ironed out. As of April 1, the Federal Motor Carrier […]

Old Age and Surgical Complications

Older persons may be at a higher risk of surgical complications. However, it’s not only their advanced years that place them at a higher risk of such adverse events. According to a review of multiple studies focusing on people above the age of 60 who underwent surgeries, there are many factors that dictate whether the […]