Surgical Errors & Injuries

Surgical Errors Second Most Common Cause of Medical Malpractice Claims     

According to a report by medical insurer Coverys, surgical errors are the second most common basis for medical malpractice claims in the United States. Coverys recently published the findings of a study into the role of surgical errors in medical malpractice liability claims. The researchers found that out of the 10,000 cases they studied, 25% […]

Neck, Back Injuries Trouble Doctors During Surgeries

Surgeons may suffer from pain in the neck and upper back during surgeries, contributing to burnout and fatigue. According to a new study, many surgeons report experiencing neck and back pain after performing surgeries. The study focused on 53 surgeons who performed 116 surgeries at the Mayo Clinic. The surgeons reported experiencing pain and fatigue […]

Dementia, Depression Raise Seniors’ Risk of Surgical Complications, Death

A number of mental and emotional factors could raise a senior citizen’s risk of dying during or after a surgery. These effects must be addressed during pre-surgical assessments of these persons. These findings came from a study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco. The researchers were looking at factors besides the physical […]

The Role of Physician Mental Health in Medical Errors

The state of a physician’s mental health could very strongly influence his risk of committing medical errors. According to the results of a new study conducted by a group of psychiatrists, symptoms of depression in doctors are often not identified or treated, and this places patients at risk of injury or harm as a result […]

Psychological Safety Could Help Minimize Medical Error

A researcher who spoke at the recent Association of American Medical Colleges Annual Meeting discussed how a culture of “psychological safety” can help make for better and higher- performing surgical and medical teams. According to Amy Edmondson, psychological safety exists when every member of a team, right from the lowest- ranking member to the highest […]

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, […]