Foreign Objects Left in the Body

Medical errors occur more commonly than many people realize. Doctors, nurses, hospitals, medical facilities, and other healthcare providers are guilty of making mistakes and acting negligently. Patients might not realize mistakes were made until months or years later when they discover a medical error caused them harm. An example of this type...

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Doctor at regional hospital removes wrong kidney

Thousands of patients across the country go to hospitals each day for surgical procedures, and here in New Jersey surgical patients enjoy access to some of the nation's best hospitals and doctors through medical facilities in the Tri-state area. While many patients have fears about the underlying reasons that they must undergo surgery, few...
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Are robotic surgical errors on the rise?

The term surgery invokes images of bright lights over a patient with nurses and doctors in surgical gowns, gloves and masks hovering over a patient about to undergo a procedure. This traditional imagery of surgery may change as robotic surgery gains acceptance for minimally invasive surgeries in numerous fields. However, despite the use of...
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Medical malpractice suit filed against hospital and surgeons

Most patients go into surgery cognizant that surgical intervention carries with it some risk. Nevertheless, doctors, hospital staff and surgeons have an on-going duty to provide a reasonable standard of care. Negligent healthcare provides may be held liable for providing sub-standard care, lack of informed consent, mistakes during surgery and other...
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Surgeon fatigue increases chances of surgical error

Anyone who has seen ER or Grey's Anatomy knows that doctors often work long hours. While the practice may be common, there is concern among some safety advocates that fatigue contributes to unnecessary and preventable medical errors. In fact, a number of studies conducted over the last several decades suggest that sleep deprivation can...
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Surgical items left in patients still an issue

When surgery is necessary to save a life, healthcare providers are expected by families of the patient and the patient to take all reasonable to steps to ensure that an error does not occur. Despite efforts by hospitals to minimize surgical errors such as pre-post count of sponges to keep track of them,...
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