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April 2013 Archives

Errors cause Denver hospital to review its procedures

Recently obtained documents show that in July 2010, the state of Colorado sanctioned the entire management team at Porter Adventist Hospital, and the hospital was also threatened with the cutoff of Medicare funding. The sanctions were based on the hospital's alleged part in mishandled robot surgeries and other "never events" that included leaving sponges inside patients.The surgical errors are a shared responsibility between the doctor and the hospital. However, the health department does not supervise doctors, but the hospital's actions are subject to federal and state review. Porter Adventist has reportedly created a plan to correct the deficiencies, and in late 2010, the state said the hospital was no longer in danger of losing its Medicare funding.

Man dies after dental surgery

What most Denver oral surgeons consider a standard procedure turned deadly for a 24-year-old man after he experienced complications during surgery to remove his wisdom teeth. Now his family and friends are questioning whether his surgeon made a surgical error.The oral surgeon says that the patient started coughing and woke up during the removal of his wisdom teeth. He was given propofol, a powerful anesthetic. He stopped breathing, and CPR was started while the staff waited for the paramedics to arrive.

Surgical errors far more common than most believe

The careless attitude of some surgical teams leads to dire consequences for Denver hospital patients and others throughout the country. According to a recent report, sponges, instruments, needles and other items are left inside patients about 12 times per day across the country. Most healthcare professionals attribute these common surgical errors to human carelessness, but they also agree that there are ways to prevent such problems from happening.Some hospital surgical teams hold everyone on the team responsible for accounting for all instruments used in surgeries. Others claim that mistakes simply happen because surgical teams are made up of humans. However, many surgical professionals as well as patients feel that doctors and nurses should be held to a standard of perfection, particularly when there are ways to prevent errors such as items left behind in patients after surgery.

Bill passed in Ore. aims to settle medical lawsuits efficiently

If facing an upcoming surgery, whether it's a major operation or a routine outpatient procedure, Denver residents may be feeling many different emotions. Many may be looking forward to ridding themselves of a painful medical condition. Others may fear that their condition will not improve, and some may be concerned about the possibility of a surgery mistake. A recent bill passed in Oregon, which mirrors programs in Michigan and Illinois, aims to help those who have been victims of a careless surgeon or other medical errors by giving them options to settle a potential lawsuit prior to going to court. Oregon's State Bill 483-A will allow victims of malpractice and healthcare providers to meet in a confidential setting to discuss the lawsuit, possibly reducing the number of litigation cases throughout the state. 

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