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What could cause a surgical fire to ignite?

Many people are already aware of the common mishaps that can occur during a surgical procedure. For example, it is possible for a doctor to leave a surgical tool or sponge in a patient after completing an operation. You may have also heard of instances of wrong site surgeries in which patients had the wrong body parts operated on, or even removed.

Robots cannot eliminate all surgical errors

When we undergo any form of invasive surgery, we naturally want our doctor to have a steady pair of hands. In fact, saying that someone has "the hands of a surgeon" means that they can use their hands in skillful, competent manner. This is vital while in the operating room because harmful surgical errors could result should a doctor not be steady and skilled.

The importance of being involved in surgery decisions

When facing the prospect of surgery, the easiest thing to do would be to let the doctor and medical staff do all the thinking and trust that they are on top of what is going on. But if you are having a surgical procedure performed, then you are the one with the most at stake.

Some doctors not heeding FDA warning about surgical tool

At some point in our lives, many of us face the prospect of having to undergo surgery. And while surgery covers a wide range of medical procedures, from minor to major, we should never lose track of the fact that surgical errors can cause serious and long lasting health issues. As such, we should take care to educate ourselves about any surgical treatment we receive.

Technology being employed to reduce surgical errors

The trust you place in a doctor performing surgery must be absolute. The expectation is that the doctor is up to the task and that you will come out on the other end of your procedure ready for a healthy recovery. We sometimes view doctors as possessing almost magical powers with their ability to help people through the use of their scalpels and their skills.

New instance of 'distracted doctoring' ends in license suspension

Unless you’re driving, most people never consider whether their text messaging habits will result in serious or fatal injury to someone else. But when that texting is being performed by a doctor during surgery on a patient, that sentiment can change in a heartbeat. Suddenly, that behavior has compromised patient safety, which can eventually lead to claims of medical negligence and even litigation.

Victim's win in court could be short lived if hospital appeals

Winning a medical malpractice case often brings plaintiffs more relief than most people realize. Not only is it a relief to see a hospital and its staff held accountable for a medical mistake that has been made, but winning the case means that litigation is over and the plaintiff can finally move on with their life.

Man sues hospital after being lied to about appendectomy

As some of our Arizona readers may know, appendicitis is a serious condition. Caused by an inflammation in the appendix, the only cure for appendicitis is emergency surgery that prevents the organ from rupturing and spilling the infection into a person’s abdominal cavity. And because one in 15 people get appendicitis in the United States, says WebMD, it might seem odd to many of our Phoenix readers that a surgeon would make a mistake when performing this common removal procedure.

Patient dies, anesthesiologist accused of 'distracted doctoring'

Most people here in Arizona know that there is risk in every surgery. But we are often comforted when a doctor tells us that it’s a routine procedure. That’s why, when something goes wrong during the surgery, we often feel betrayed and question whether this loss has turned into a case of medical malpractice.

Arizona appeals court upholds $7.2 million med-mal verdict

An Arizona woman received good news this month when the Arizona Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court decision to award the woman more than $7.2 million for injuries suffered because of a surgical error. Her medical malpractice case was against Payson Healthcare Management who she claims failed to diagnose an infection that later resulted in further surgery and a chronic pain condition. Although Payson Healthcare Management appealed the case, the appeals court found no error in judgment and therefore affirmed the lower court's decision.

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