According to a Wall Street Journal article, hospitals are using big data to determine an individual patient’s risks to take steps to improve the odds of a greater result. Hospital representatives indicate that data analysts could help prevent foreign bodies from being left in patients when they do undergo surgery. A foreign body is a situation such as where an instrument or other items left in the patient’s body, unintentionally, after surgery.
According to John Hopkins, Surgery and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 39 times a week where a surgeon leaves a foreign object such as a sponge or a towel inside a patient’s body after an operation. There are 20 times a week when a surgeon performs the wrong procedure on a patient. There are 20 times a week where a surgeon operates on the wrong site. There were 157,000 surgical site infections in 2013.
It is thought that technology can assist in determining whether or not surgical objects are left in patients. There are available sponges with radiofrequency identification pads. Open surgical patients can be scanned before an incision is closed for the detection of sponges that might have been retained before the sponge count was thought to be correct. An open procedure is when there is an actual incision occurrence. A closed procedure is essentially, broadly, when there is not an incision.
Efforts are being undertaken to educate surgeons about the hazards in the operating room. Concerns have been voiced with regard to devices that rely upon energy or electrical current or other energy sources which can create combustionableness with Oxygen. It is approximated that there are 600 operating room fires in the US each year. These can happen from a number of procedures and the combustionableness as previously mentioned.
If you or a loved one have been a victim of a retained foreign object, surgical fire or any other type of medical negligence, please contact the law firm of Patberg Law Firm at 1-800-471-6880 and visit the Patberg Law Firm website at www.pcglawfirm.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.