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Virtual reality could help reduce surgical errors

Surgical errors can be a major fear when people in Arizona enter the hospital for treatment. Despite the knowledge and skill of surgeons, procedures can be complex and involve new and innovative medical devices. Many manufacturers of medical devices are urging greater use of virtual training and education about their products in order both to minimize liability and maximize positive patient outcome. There are various virtual reality software systems that exist primarily to give surgeons virtual hands-on experience with some of the newest medical technologies.

Surgical errors may happen and cause injuries

When Arizona residents are scheduled for surgery, they often worry about how the procedures will go. One issue that might cross their minds is the possibility that their medical teams might make medical mistakes. While surgery in the U.S. is considered to be safe, medical errors sometimes happen. Medical mistakes that do happen may have devastating consequences for the victims.

What to know about duct bile injuries

It is believed that bile duct injuries may occur in up to 1 percent of gallbladder surgeries conducted in Arizona and elsewhere in America. If the bile duct is injured, it may lead to a structure caused by scarring that narrows the duct. Symptoms of a bile duct injury may be felt either immediately after a procedure or many months after it takes place.

Scalpel left in man's abdomen for four years after surgery

People in Arizona who have been victims of medical malpractice may be interested to learn that an Army veteran has filed a lawsuit against a veterans affairs hospital. In 2013, doctors at the VA hospital in West Haven, Connecticut, performed surgery on the man.

What to know about medical malpractice claims

Arizona residents may be aware of the health issues medical errors may cause. According to the British Medical Journal, they are the third-leading cause of death in the United States. Only heart disease and cancer account for more than the 251,000 deaths caused by medical error in 2016. The study published in the British Medical Journey has been corroborated by multiple studies in the United States.

Study analyzes the role of durotomy in malpractice cases

When patients undergo spinal surgery, they often suffer small tears in the outer membrane of their spine. The tear is called durotomy and is sometimes unavoidable. In most cases, though, the surgeon will detect it and order a second operation to repair the injury, leaving the patient with no long-term issues to worry about. Arizona residents should know, however, about a study analyzing how durotomy is addressed in medical malpractice suits.

Did you suffer a stroke after surgery?

A recent study has shown that patients have a higher risk of suffering death, a heart attack or stroke following a surgery, and it doesn't matter whether the surgery involves the heart. In fact, these kinds of complications happen in approximately 3 percent of patients who are hospitalized for non-cardiac-related surgeries in the United States.

How honest are doctors when they make mistakes?

Arizona hospital patients expect doctors to be accurate and highly skilled in performing medical procedures and treatments. It might surprise some patients to know that doctors do not always tell them the whole truth, particularly when things go wrong during surgery. A JAMA Surgery survey published in 2016 showed that while most surgeons said they admit errors to their patients, only a little more than half said they apologized or discussed whether or not the mistake could have been prevented.

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