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Surgical errors not avoided by use of robot assistants

In U.S. hospitals, including facilities in Chicago, robot-assisted surgery is often advertised as safer and less trouble for patients than normal minimally invasive surgery. However, reports showed that the use of robots in operating rooms could lead to surgical error and cost thousands of dollars more per operation. Despite the claims of the company that manufactured the devices and hospitals and doctors who made more money from their use, in randomized trials robot operations had not been proven to offer significantly improved health benefits compared to traditional surgery.

Cardiac stents overused and causing harm

While Illinois residents with heart conditions may benefit from cardiac stents, which are used to keep a patient's arteries open, their overuse has also lead to medical harm for a number of people. Stents were implanted in seven million patients in the last decade because they are able to restore blood flow to heart attack victims. Approximately 350,000 patients who are in stable condition or are undergoing elective-surgery have stents put in them by doctors.

Illinois may share in 440,000 possible medical malpractice deaths

Illinois residents may be surprised to hear that a new study suggests that as many as 440,000 patients every year ultimately die from preventable mistakes in American hospitals. Even the low end of the study's estimate -- 210,000 constitutes more than double the number of possible medical malpractice deaths reported in studies as recent as 2010. If true, that staggering figure would make medical blunders the third-leading cause of death in the United States, behind only heart disease and cancer as leading killers of Americans. The study's estimates were formulated by a NASA toxicologist who lost his 19-year-old son to what he claimed was hospital negligence.

Consumer Reports rates hospital outcomes

Chicago patients should be aware that a famous, big-name hospital isn't necessarily a better place to have surgeries, according to a Consumer Reports article. The article ranked how patients fare at hospitals before and after surgery and if any surgical error was involved. Consumer Reports ranked hospitals after reviewing outcomes for five different procedures: back surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement, angioplasty and carotid artery surgery. The report based rankings on mortality rates following surgery and additional complications.

Malpractice in Bariatric Bypass Surgery

Bariatric bypass surgery is a lifesaving and life changing event for most people who have the procedure done.  Sometimes, however, complications from the procedure lead to death or major disability.  Even though there are risks inherent to all types of surgery and use of anesthesia, there are risks specific to the individual operation, (i.e., the bypass surgery).  Sometimes these complications come about as a result of medical malpractice.

Towards fair reporting of hospital errors

Illinois residents may be interested to hear that a nonprofit advocate of healthcare buyers has recently completed a survey that details the frequency of what it calls "never events;" events involving surgical or nonsurgical errors in hospitals that should never happen. The survey found that these errors are surprisingly common. They happen up to 200 times per day to Medicare patients alone.

Emergency procedures linked to surgical error

Patients and their doctors in Illinois may have already intuited that emergency surgery is riskier than a planned operation, and a new study adds some evidence to support the idea. Researchers focused on the common factors present in cases with complications over eight months of gallbladder surgeries. Out of almost 600 surgeries, they spotted 22 patients with complications and noted several similarities within the group.

Unnecessary Surgery

It is shocking to continually read articles about doctors performing unnecessary surgeries.  The most recent story involves Sacred Heart Hospital and some of its doctors.  According to The Bloomberg News, a pulmonologist at the hospital kept patients too sedated to breathe on their own, and then ordered unnecessary tracheostomies so that the hospital could reap huge profits.

Problem doctor finally has his Illinois medical license suspended

An Illinois neurosurgeon that has been sued approximately 50 times for medical malpractice has now had his license suspended in another state for violating the terms of his parole. This doctor has been accused on numerous occasions of performing unwarranted surgical procedures resulting in surgical errors.

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