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May 2016 Archives

New technology cuts down on surgical sponges left behind

When a patient of an Arizona hospital returns home after a surgical procedure, a phone call saying a mistake was made can be frightening. A repeat surgery is often necessary when doctors mistakenly leave medical instruments inside the body of a patient. To combat the problem, which doctors refer to as retained instruments, some hospitals are using a new type of medical sponge. It helps them to count the sponges to be sure that none are left behind.

Anti-virus software causes OR equipment to shut down

Many Arizona residents protect their personal information by installing software on their computers to scan files and directories for viruses and malware. The sophisticated electronic equipment used by hospitals and clinics often have similar anti-virus programs installed, and they generally operate much in the same way. Such software is often programmed to run scans automatically at times that the equipment it protects is unlikely to be in use, but this was not what happened in February 2016 at a major American hospital.

Medical malpractice data and hospital safety

Medical errors are a major concern for hospital patients in Arizona and around the country. According to a study published in a peer-reviewed medical journal, medical errors in the United States caused 251,000 deaths in 2013 and are now considered the third leading cause of death. After a patient is injured or killed by a medical error, the health care providers that were responsible for the patient's care are often sued for medical malpractice.

Putting a premium on patient safety in New Mexico

According to a study by doctors at Johns Hopkins, medical errors may be the third leading cause of fatalities in America. That would put it ahead of conditions such as emphysema and bronchitis, and just behind cancer and heart disease. An analysis of several other studies suggests that there areas many as 250,000 deaths resulting from medical mistakes in the United States each year, but that number could be even higher.

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