October 30, 2013
Events that should never occur in surgery (“never events”) happen at least 4,000 times a year in the U.S., according to research from Johns Hopkins University.
The finding published in Surgery, is the first of its kind to reveal the true extent of the prevalence of “never events” in hospitals through analysis of national malpractice claims.They observed that over 80,000 “never events” occurred between 1990 and 2010.
They estimate that at least 39 times a week a surgeon leaves foreign objects inside their patients, which includes surgical items such as towels or sponges. In addition, surgeons performing the wrong surgery or operating on the wrong body part occurs around 20 times a week.1
April 15, 2013
Robotic surgery has come a long way since 1985 when the first robot was used to place a needle for a brain biopsy using CT guidance.
Today, more than 800 hospitals in the U.S. and Europe use the highly advanced da Vinci surgical system, and a host of other systems, to perform everything from hysterectomies to mitral valve repairs.
However, like any surgical procedure, there are risks involved, and a botched surgery can lead to serious life-long complications or even death. Because robotic surgical systems (RSS) are so new, doctors, hospitals, and even the FDA are still trying to assess those risks. (more…)
October 8, 2012
Cosmetic/Plastic surgery is gaining in popularity; however, one surgical mistake during cosmetic or plastic surgery can lead to disfigurement, permanent injury, and even death.
The American Society of Plastic Surgeons reported the following plastic and cosmetic surgery statistics:
- There was a 7% increase in plastic surgeries between 2010 and 2011
- Over 5.6 million Botox injections were administered
- 243,772 people had plastic surgery on the nose (Rhinoplasty)
- 204,702 people had liposuction
- 307,180 breast augmentation surgeries were performed
- 196,286 people had eyelid surgery
- 119,026 people received facelifts