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Is physician burnout to blame for medical errors?

Preventing medical malpractice is a priority for many people. As a result, multiple studies have taken aim at understanding the root cause of medical errors. Delaware health care professionals and patients alike may find the results of a new study particularly interesting, as it shows how physician burnout may be contributing to these problems.

Research suggests mixed teams could prevent surgical errors

Teamwork between co-workers is important in any workplace, but it can be particularly critical in a life or death situation. That's why one researcher is looking into how group dynamics may influence the incidence of surgical errors in American hospitals. This research may be useful for hospitals in Delaware and throughout the United States to improve communication and effectiveness in surgical rooms.

Hospital to invest $1.7 million in changes after surgical errors

When something goes wrong during an operation, medical malpractice suits are often the first consideration for patients. But what responsibility do Delaware hospitals have for surgical errors that take place in their facilities, especially if a location appears prone to issues? Elsewhere in the U.S., a hospital in the Northeast has been ordered by state health officials to invest at least $1.7 million after a series of medical errors in its facility.

Tips for preventing and following up on surgical errors

When something goes wrong during a hospital procedure, the results can be devastating for a patient and his or her loved ones. While surgical errors due to medical malpractice are certainly not the patient's fault, there are some things Delaware individuals and their families can do to reduce the risk of such incidents. There are also some tips that could be helpful for handling the situation should an error occur.

New technology may help prevent surgical errors

Increased concern over human error in medical procedures has some looking to technology for better options. This has given rise to robotic surgical systems across the United States, designed in part to reduce surgical errors by providing a predictable, precise and calculated method for surgical procedures. In Delaware and throughout the country, these robotic solutions are currently being used primarily in minimally invasive surgeries.


WILMINGTON - Young Conaway is currently investigating cases involving Zimmer Persona Knee replacements that were implanted in patients after February 16, 2015. According to the United States Food and Drug Administration, patients who received a Zimmer Persona Knee replacement are at risk of multiple complications, some or all of which may be permanent.


WILMINGTON - Young Conaway is currently investigating cases involving patients who underwent open-heart surgery at Christiana Care Hospital/Wilmington Hospital on or after January 1, 2012. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the "CDC") and the United States Food and Drug Administration (the "FDA"), such patients may have a risk of bacterial infection known as Mycobacterium chimeraera. According to the CDC and FDA, symptoms from that bacteria may develop years after the open-heart surgery, and may include night sweats, fatigue, muscle aches, fever, and weight loss. If left undiagnosed, the bacteria may become untreatable and can be fatal.

Houston hearth hospital accused of surgical errors and negligence

When a loved one is getting heart surgery, people naturally want the best care possible. For this reason, some people in Delaware may move their family members to special care facilities that specialize in certain procedures. But what if the clinic overseeing these transplants isn't as competent as it claims? Recent reporting has raised questions about surgical errors in a hospital in another state that is affiliated with a noted heart institute.

Recalled medical devices add to concern about surgical errors

As technology continues to develop, health care practitioners are increasingly turning to medical devices to help in a variety of tasks. While these devices can help Delaware doctors avoid surgical errors, occasionally faulty technology can have the opposite effect. This was a major concern in the first quarter of 2018, as  more medical devices were recalled during this three-month period than any time since 2005.

Technology may decrease surgical errors by improving efficiency

Technology is often used to create more efficient systems. In Delaware and across the United States, hospitals are using a variety of techniques in hopes of limiting or eliminating surgical errors. Predictive analytics are one of the technologies that may be used by hospital executives to weigh the pros and cons of implementing new technologies.

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