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Surgical Errors

Various programs employed to try to reduce surgical errors

Whether we want to think about it or not, all surgical procedures can be risky—even the most minor. Human error during an operation can lead to serious injuries and in the worst cases even death. In addition to foreign objects being left in the body of… Read More

Could surgical 'black box' reduce errors in surgery?

When it comes to undergoing an operation, there are many things that could go wrong. Research conducted by one surgeon indicates that an average of 20 errors occur during every surgery.  Sometimes the wrong procedure is performed. Other times a vital… Read More

Post-surgery infections are a wild card at outpatient facilities

The health care industry has changed over the last several decades in so many ways. Beyond expanded capabilities in medical diagnosis and treatment, the types of facilities offering care have also changed. According to a report from Scientific American,… Read More

Da Vinci Surgical System Controversy

Recent warnings about robotic surgery have been linked to several injuries and deaths. The da Vinci robotic surgery system is reported to allow the surgeons to perform more complex procedures with fewer incisions. Both manufacturer of the da Vinci robotic… Read More

Simulators Help Train Doctors

In a study that could affect how medicine is practiced in Connecticut and across the nation, doctors at the University of Minnesota are using simulators to practice surgical techniques. Software updates are bringing technology to medical students through… Read More

Veteran paralyzed by VA hospital wins $8.3M in lawsuit

In 2013, a hospital run by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which maintains facilities in Connecticut and other states, was made the target of a lawsuit brought by an Army veteran. In 2009, the man, who was 43 years old at the time, underwent… Read More

Robotic surgeons: helping or hurting patients in Connecticut?

Innovations are constantly being developed to make medical procedures safer, faster, better and more cost-effective. In general, new products and technologies are thoroughly tested to make sure that they are safe and valuable. Unfortunately, many times… Read More

Connecticut man files suit after surgical sponge left in his body

There are some mistakes that should never happen during surgery. In fact, they are so entirely preventable that they are referred to as "never events." Unfortunately, these types of mistakes are still made all the time and can have a serious and permanent… Read More

Man files lawsuit after wrong testicle removed during surgery

Undergoing a surgical procedure can be an upsetting and stressful event. Not only is a person worried about the health issues that require the surgery, but being anesthetized and operated on is a very real cause of anxiety that many people in Connecticut… Read More

Study: "Never events" happen much more often than never

In the medical field, there are certain events that happen during a surgery which are universally considered to be completely avoidable. These are occurrences that should never happen and are therefore referred to as "never events." Although surgical… Read More