According to FDA documents, there were 144 patient deaths related to the use of robots during surgery from 2000 to 2013. In addition, there were 1,391 patient injuries during that same period of time. Major causes of injury or death included pieces of the robot falling into the patient, electrical sparking that caused burns and unintended movements made by the robot.
Arizona patients who have gone through surgical procedures may be interested to know that researchers with the RAND Corporation's Evidence-based Practice Center found that a number of factors contribute to major surgical errors, but the errors are so rare that it is difficult to get reliable data on them. Such occurrences are called "never events." The three types of events tracked by the researchers using data from 2004 to 2014 were surgical fires, leaving an object in a person and wrong-site surgery.
Arizona patients may be interested in learning about a recently-published study regarding surgical 'never events", which name is derived from the belief that they should never happen. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic found 69 of these never events out of 1.5 million invasive medical procedures that had been performed over a five-year period at the Minnesota facility. The researchers learned that a total of 628 human factors contributed to these mistakes.
Arizona patients may be interested to learn that a study discovered that more than 4,000 preventable medical mistakes are made each and every year. These preventable mistakes, often called "never events" by researchers, are mistakes that reportedly should never occur. These mistakes can include leaving foreign objects inside patients after surgery or performing the wrong medical procedure.
Cancer patients in Arizona who have had stem cell transplants face the possibility of certain medical complications after the procedure. The types of issues that stem cell transplant recipients could experience will vary greatly and depend on the kind of transplant that they had. Some complications are caused by the secondary treatments that patients are given around the time that they had a stem cell transplant.
A person who has suffered an injury due to medical malpractice in Arizona may be able to hold both the physician as well as the physician's employing facility or hospital liable for the physician's negligence. Hospitals and medical facilities employing physicians may be held vicariously liable for the actions that caused the injury in some cases.
Located in the heart of Arizona, our law firm is dedicated to protecting the rights of people who have been injured because of a surgical error. We understand that surgery is a serious matter for anyone who must undergo one, and, in many cases, an individual's life depends on the skill of the surgeon to perform the surgery successfully. While hospitals should be places where people feel confident they will receive the care they deserve, surgeons should be medical professionals whom they can fully trust.
Very few Arizona patients can expect to ever encounter a wrong-site surgery. This sort of preventable medical error is considered to be of great importance to health care facilities and practitioners, and a wide variety of procedures and protocols have been implemented to prevent it. These measures have been broadly effective. Though it has not yet proven possible to prevent all medical error completely, wrong-site surgeries and wrong-patient procedures will not happen to most patients.
Arizona residents may be aware that reported cases of wrong-site surgery have been on the increase in recent years. Since the 1999 publication of a study by the Institute of Medicine about surgical errors, reports of wrong-site surgeries have increased more than tenfold. Although it is uncertain whether the increase is due to a greater number of errors, improvements in reporting or combinations of factors, individuals who have been negatively impacted by surgical errors have the option to seek legal redress for their injuries.
Arizona residents and patients may be interested in a new device designed to prevent errors in hospital operating rooms. The device, referred to as a surgical black box, is currently under development at a Toronto hospital. It consists of cameras and microphones linked to a software package that records and analyzes every movement during a surgical procedure with the intended goal of being able to detect and eliminate potential errors.