Surgeons and nurses have different ideas about whether hours working in operating rooms should be capped, according to a recent poll by Medscape. The first of the poll's questions asked if the hours that surgeons work should be capped to lower the number of harmful surgical errors; 87 percent of nurses said yes, compared with 57 percent of doctors. Nine percent of the nurses and ten percent of the doctors said they were unsure on the issue.
Surgical errors, from operating on the wrong part of the body to giving a patient the wrong organ, are rare. In fact, they happen in only .03 percent of all operations in the U.S. Still, up to 10,000 patients are injured every year from such surgical "never events." Florida residents will want to know about a startup in Chicago that may have the solution for not only reducing surgical errors but also eliminating them for good.
When people in Florida enter the hospital for surgery, one of their greatest fears may be the potential for a serious surgical error occurring. Many people have heard news reports about patients that have suffered serious complications during surgery, and no one wants those stories to be about themselves. Since surgery involves cutting into, removing and altering parts of the body, it has a reputation as being the most precise of medical sciences. That precision is critical to ensuring that surgery is a success.
When Florida residents undergo surgery, they expect their doctors to be honest and qualified. However, several patients accuse a Georgia dermatologist of lying about her qualifications, making inappropriate videos during surgeries, performing different procedures than they agreed to and otherwise botching their care.
The Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, has been under fire in recent months after two citations for serious medical violations by a state agency. Now, the hospital is under federal investigation.
Florida patients may be interested to learn that the medical field considers certain medical complications to be "never events." These are errors that should never occur. Never events involve patients who get surgery on the wrong body part, undergo a procedure that they were not scheduled for or have a procedure that was meant for another patient.