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Practices involving disclosing medical errors

While surgeons and their patients would love for every operation to go perfectly, this is not always the case. When something does go during a procedure, surgeons often have a hard time reporting an error when it was a preventable mistake. Arizona patients might like to know more about how hospitals are addressing disclosure when adverse events happen.

Harrowing recent medical malpractice cases

The autopsy of a 36-year-old Arizona man who died unexpectedly in the arms of his wife discovered plastic bags, packets of tomato ketchup and paper towels in his stomach and bowels. The man, who was recovering from a traumatic brain injury, would not have been able to ingest these items himself, and a lawsuit filed against the assisted living facility concerned resulted in an $11 million jury verdict. While these types of medical negligence are not common, they do occur often enough to merit concern.

Fatigue guidelines negatively impact neurosurgery residents

The delicate nature of neurosurgery requires that a professional in the field be well-prepared for lengthy and complex procedures. Patient care in an Arizona hospital also depends on consistency and competency after such procedures. While an effort to improve patient outcomes by reducing fatigue in those training to be doctors might seem sensible, the practice of neurosurgery may actually be less safe when residents' hours are limited.

Arizona patients and orthopedic surgeon errors

A recent study by Johns Hopkins researchers found that tracking orthopedic surgical trainees using step-by-step checklists was more effective when paired with an error tracking system. While checklists of surgical procedure steps are effective, they do not measure the quality of trainee performance. Feedback on errors is an equally important part of training, according to one of the professors involved in the study.

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