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Surgeons not immune to distractions and mistakes

Many of us have difficulty performing job duties or other important tasks while distracted. Employees who are distracted by aside conversations or other stimuli tend to exhibit a decrease in productivity and an increase in mistakes and errors. A new study shows that surgeons are no different and that, when distracted, the likelihood of surgical errors occurring greatly increases.

Medical mistakes, what are they and how can you avoid them, pt. 2

In continuation of our topic last week on common medical mistakes; an anesthesiologist and critical care physician at Johns Hopkins recently said that medical mistakes are likely the 'third leading cause of death' in this country. These mistakes are largely avoidable and there are a number of strategies medical facilities can adopt to help doctors and nurses avoid these mistakes.

Medical mistakes, what are they and how can you avoid them, pt. 1

Every now and then the media reports on a shocking medical mistake that really makes you wonder. When we put our trust in a doctor to make us feel better by fighting a deadly disease such as cancer or some other life-threatening medical condition, we want to know we are in good hands. But according to a recent report from an internist at Johns Hopkins Hospital, mistakes are happening every day and in every hospital across the country, including those in New York City. In fact, medical mistakes or errors result in the deaths of more than 250,000 patients every year in the United States, and millions more are injured.

Surgical error results in a lifetime of pain

New York patients expect that when they are treated by a physician they will not be further harmed. Unfortunately, all too often patients are harmed after putting their trust in doctors and receiving negligent medical care. If a negligent doctor makes an avoidable and major mistake, such as a surgical error, the consequences can lead to a lifetime of pain and suffering.

Nurse Throws Away Viable Kidney During Surgery

Incredible stories of botched surgeries and doctor leaving sponges in patients have permeated our culture to the point that they are almost urban legend. However, just when we think we have heard it all, something so unimaginable occurs that it makes New Yorkers reevaluate the trust they place in doctors and hospitals.

New York Kidney Donor Death Leaves Children Motherless

Tragically, a mother of three children died recently in a New York hospital while trying to provide a life-saving kidney donation for her younger brother. The 41-year-old woman succumbed to excess bleeding after a surgeon cut her aorta, a major blood vessel, on the operating table during the transplant operation.

How to avoid Becoming a Victim of Medical Malpractice

Medical errors are a common cause of death or injury in the United States. Mistakes kill more than a quarter of a million people per year, injure millions more, and are the third leading cause of death in the country by one estimate.

A Surgeon's Confession Helps to Unmask New York Surgical Errors

Confession, the saying goes, is good for the soul. But it's not very often that a practicing surgeon publishes an account detailing operating room mishaps and miscommunications - the types of things that cause surgical errors.

Use of Checklists to Reduce Surgical Errors Must Become Standard Operating Procedure

For years, thoughtful people within the medical profession have advocated for the use of checklists to prevent surgical errors. Passionate advocates for greater use of checklists include Atul Gawande, the Boston surgeon and New Yorker contributor, and Dr. Peter Pronovost of Johns Hopkins.

When Medical Complications Arise, Being Proactive Pays Off

During the health care debate there was a lot of discussion about the pros and cons of aggressive health care. Some people believe that preventative care is the most effective - and cost-efficient - way to treat patients, and that aggressive treatment can do more harm than good.

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