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Surgical simulators may improve operation outcomes

Illinois doctors may be able to improve their skills in the operating room before ever entering one by using surgical simulators. When a doctor is attempting to learn a new procedure or get a hands-on experience, they have one of two options: operating on a patient or using a virtual-reality program that mimics the actual process. The obvious advantage of a simulator is that a surgical error is simply logged into a computer instead of having a negative impact on a patient.

How doctors behave when they observe medical errors

Chicago residents may be concerned about the findings contained in a report released by the New England Journal of Medicine in October. The study looked into how medical professionals behave when they observe a colleague making mistakes, and the conclusion drawn is that these errors often go unreported. It is already known that hospital and doctor mistakes are a leading cause of death in the United States, and they fuel an increasing number of medical malpractice cases.

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Q: What is medical malpractice?

A: Medical malpractice is negligence committed by a professional health care provider, such as a doctor, nurse, dentist, technician, hospital worker or hospital, whose treatment of a patient departs from a standard of care met by those with similar training and experience, resulting in harm to a patient...

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