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Robotic surgery: medical marvel or negligence nightmare?

Robotic devices have been used in surgical procedures for decades. From its humble beginnings as an aid to guide surgeons in complicated procedures, the technology behind medical robots has progressed rapidly. The most commonly used device in operating rooms today, the da Vinci Surgical System, allows a surgeon to conduct complex surgeries such as colectomies and mitral valve repairs without ever picking up a scalpel.

New research could help identify cases of auditory masking, P.1

Health care professionals rely on a great deal of specialized equipment to do their jobs. This equipment needs to not only be in working order for providers to do their jobs correctly, but providers must also know how to properly use the equipment. One of the tools health care professionals routinely use in a variety of care environments is medical alarms, or devices equipped with medical alarms.

Newborn baby put through unnecessary surgery

Upon the birth of a child, many health concerns can arise. When parents are told that their baby girl or boy is healthy, it is like music to their ears. Can you imagine what it would feel like to find out that your child went through a surgery that you not only didn't know about, but that he didn't need?

Rebel yell of pain

While the college football title defense is underway just an hour northeast of Springboro, the athletic department at The Ohio State University has to plan ahead. Because the school's football schedule is worked on years in advance, we know that in two years, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas will walk into The Horseshoe to take on the Buckeyes.

'Dark underbelly' of medical culture

When you walk into your doctor's Warren County office, you expect not only a certain standard of medical care, but also a certain level of respect. After all, as a patient, you're the one who's paying the doctor. You're the one who is putting your trust in the physician and your money into his or her bank account.

All surgical procedures carry some risk

While some surgical procedures are more minor than others the reality is that there is risk associated with all of them. The recent death of comedian Joan Rivers in the course of an outpatient surgery illustrates this. She died from complications that arose while she underwent procedures to examine her vocal cords and throat. Her unexpected death prompted her daughter to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the clinic where she underwent the procedure.

Equipment issues sometimes to blame for surgical errors

Depending on the circumstances the decision to undergo a surgery can be difficult. Since no surgery is without risk, this is understandable. To help minimize the chance of an issue occurring during a surgery, some will spend time seeking out the best possible surgeon to perform the procedure. While this may have an impact, it does not mean that medical mistakes will not be made. There are other reasons why this could occur such as issues with the technology used.

Lawsuit alleges sponge left in patient led to her death

There is no question that in many cases a patient who undergoes surgery is much better off following the procedure than he or she was prior to it taking place. In some instances however a patient may be hurt in the course of an operation. This could lead to serious injuries and even death.

Surgical error could constitute medical malpractice

If you are like many people, you probably want to spend as little time as possible in the care of medical professionals. Accordingly it makes sense that whenever possible, you would avoid unnecessary surgical procedures. This is at least in part due to the fact that any operation carries with it a certain degree of risk.

After needing second appendectomy, patient sues hospital, doctor

Imagine going to the hospital for a routine surgery. You know that doctors perform this operation all the time, so you are confident that everything will go smoothly. Although the surgery goes well, you start feeling pain again a few months later. After being rushed to the hospital, you learn that your original surgery did not go as it should have. In fact, you need the same surgery again.

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