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Preventing surgical errors requires safety guidelines

Patients who go into surgery, whether in a hospital or an outpatient center, count on the staff to ensure they are safe throughout the procedure. While many surgeries are successful and the patients don't suffer any harm, there are instances in which patients have to deal with life-threatening issues because of errors.

Surgical instruments left in patients, a terrifyingly common problem

When facing a surgery you have enough to worry about without fretting over whether or not the hospital staff will leave a foreign object inside you. The horror of an object left behind is referred to as "retained surgical instruments," and it happens frequently enough to be a real concern. An estimated 4,500 to 6,000 cases occur each year.

Serial malpractice offenders: scary when the subject is physicians

A lead-in to today's blog post might be termed "Reasonable assumptions gone awry." The facts that emerge from a recent article in an esteemed medical journal reveal with chilling force how something that should be a reality in the medical profession is far from uniformly being the case.

Judge, VA reach opposite conclusions in Arizona malpractice case

The officials from the US Department of Veterans Affairs said that a former patient's inability to use his arm in an uncompromised manner had nothing to do with negligence on the part of the doctor who performed surgery on him.

You can regain empowerment after suffering a surgical error

Most of us want to live our lives with a sense of personal empowerment. We prefer to make our own decisions whenever possible. However, there are times when we have to trust the decisions of others. When we are in need of surgery, we must allow doctors and other medical professionals to exercise a great deal of control over our care. This makes sense as these people have the training required to help us.

New report reveals surgical errors still pose threats

We would like to believe that modern medical techniques have all but eliminated the likelihood of surgical errors. And while things may have improved over time, we still live in an age where doctors and other medical professionals can make serious mistakes while carrying out a surgical procedure.

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