Study Suggests Unsafe Practices Endanger Healthcare Workers and Employees

Study Suggests Unsafe Practices Endanger Healthcare Workers and Employees

Many healthcare workers could be contaminating themselves and the places in which they work by failing to use personal protective equipment (PPE) and to follow protocol to prevent infections, according to a study last month from the University of Utah and University of Michigan. Researchers performed 325 observations of healthcare workers over a year and watched employee behavior inside and outside the rooms of patients. Observations showed there were...
When Intubation Goes Wrong

When Intubation Goes Wrong

When a patient has difficulty breathing or undergoes certain surgical procedures, they will be intubated. Intubation is when a tube is inserted into a patient’s airway. Often, the procedure is successful and there are no complications. However, in some cases, the intubation process comes with disastrous results for patients. Intubations can go wrong for several reasons, one of which is inexperience or negligence on the part of a medical...
When Surgeons Leave Something Behind

When Surgeons Leave Something Behind

You’ve probably heard the phrases “leaving something behind” or “putting yourself into your work,” right? These phrases suggest going the extra mile, and they’re something that many of us strive to do in our personal and professional lives. The phrase takes an odd twist, however, if you work in surgery and the thing you’re leaving behind is a surgical instrument inside your patient’s body. It sounds like something that...
Cancer Malpractice

Cancer Malpractice

One of the most dreaded words in the English language, “cancer” is the reason that more than half a million Americans lose their lives every year. Although the overall cancer death rate has continued to drop annually for the last decade, there is still progress to be made. For example, an estimated 1,685,210 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States this year. The National Cancer...
Kidney Stone Malpractice

Kidney Stone Malpractice

Symptoms of kidney stones include severe lower back pain, stomachache, blood in the urine, nausea, vomiting, fever, and chills. Kidney stones are very common, with one in ten people estimated to have one in their lifetime. Having one puts you at a 50 percent chance of developing another one within five to seven years, making the treatment of kidney stones big business. In fact, more than half a million...
When Gallbladder Removal Goes Wrong

When Gallbladder Removal Goes Wrong

Much like your tonsils, appendix and wisdom teeth, your gallbladder is not necessary for survival. This small, hollow organ assists the body in the digestive process by storing bile produced by the liver and pumping it to the small intestine when needed to break down fatty food. Bile flows out of the liver through the left and right hepatic ducts, which come together to form the common hepatic duct....