A robotic mechanism known as the da Vinci Surgical System is perhaps the hottest innovation in U.S. operating rooms. The system was used in approximately 40,000 surgeries last year, and is marketed as a device that lowers the chances of surgical errors. However, the da Vinci robot has recently been in headlines for the wrong reasons.
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) revealed that patients in rural hospitals have higher patient-death rates than those in metro and suburban areas. The rural patient-mortality rate is 13.3 percent while hospitals in denser areas have a 11.4 percent death rate.
In 2007, an Ohio mother suffered from severe birthing complications that eventually led to an emergency hysterectomy. While pregnancy complications can occur under even the best circumstances, the physicians responsible for this delivery administered a controversial labor induction drug known as misoprostol.
If anything could make a cavity drilling even less pleasant and more nerve-wracking, it might be the realization that the dentist is dangerously drunk. One dentist is facing criminal charges after his staff called police to report his on-the-job intoxication. This surprising story from New York will resonate with any Ohioan who has ever endured the nervous discomfort of a dental procedure.
Hospitals use the term "never event" to refer to unacceptable surgical mistakes. "Never events" include mistakenly forgetting a surgical instrument inside a patient's body (known as a "foreign retained object"), performing the wrong procedure, or operating on the wrong body part.
"Where is the kidney?" According to new information from the University of Toledo Medical Center, this is what the operating surgeon said when he turned away from the kidney donor to take the kidney to another room to continue the transplant procedure. The kidney had mysteriously disappeared from a designated ice bin in the operating room.
Premature births can give rise to numerous complications for families here in Ohio and around the world. Like many premature infants, one newborn required a breathing tube after being born nearly three months early. That baby died after a severe oxygen starvation-related brain injury earlier this year and an investigation concluded that a dislodged breathing tube was probably at fault.
Unbelievably, a hospital turned an urban myth into reality when it transplanted a kidney into the incorrect patient. Perhaps wisely, the Methodist Dallas Medical Center isn't disclosing many details on how it committed this monumental mistake, other than to say that it was caused by a "human error."
A new Harvard Medical School study discovered that doctors who used electronic records were named in far fewer medical malpractice lawsuits than physicians using traditional, paper records.
Debbie Mills, 23, was told she would never be able to get pregnant after being diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). This condition is as cruel as it is rare, forcing the victim to endure a lifetime of excruciating pain from the slightest of injuries - even past injuries that are fully healed.