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CDC Features – Are You at Risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis?

Are You at Risk for Deep Vein Thrombosis? Deep vein thrombosis occurs when a blood clot forms in a large vein. Part of a clot may break off and travel to the lungs, causing a pulmonary embolism and, possibly, death. Protect yourself. Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and […]

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Breast Cancer Screening – Thermography is Not an Alternative to Mammography

Breast Cancer Screening – Thermography is Not an Alternative to Mammography

FDA Safety Communication: Breast Cancer Screening – Thermography is Not an Alternative to Mammography Date Issued: June 2, 2011 Audience: Women Health Care Providers Cancer Advocacy Organizations National Association of Attorneys General Medical Specialties: Radiology, Pathology, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Oncology, Nursing, General Practice, Breast Surgery, Acupuncture, Osteopathy, […]

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Preventable Medical Errors – The Sixth Biggest Killer in America

Preventable Medical Errors – The Sixth Biggest Killer in America

Preventable Medical Errors – The Sixth Biggest Killer in America Everyday patients place their faith and trust in doctors, nurses, and hospitals. Unfortunately, medical mistakes do occur. When this happens, people can be seriously injured or even killed. A study has suggested that medical errors are the […]

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Gynecologic Surgery and Ureteral Damage – A Question of Medical Malpractice

Gynecologic Surgery and Ureteral Damage – A Question of Medical Malpractice

Gynecologic Surgery Introduction The ureters are muscular tubes that propel urine from the kidneys to the urinary bladder. They originate in the pelvis of the kidney and terminate in the base of the bladder. Each kidney has one ureter. An ureteral injury is a rare but potentially […]

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Errors in Using Medical Alarms

Errors in Using Medical Alarms

Errors in Using Medical Alarms   An FDA article in the journal Nursing2009 describes problems that can arise with the use alarms on patient monitoring equipment. From 2005 through 2008, FDA received 566 reports of patient deaths related to the alarms on monitoring devices. Part of the […]

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Medical Errors – Misreading Letters and Numbers

Medical Errors – Misreading Letters and Numbers

Medical Errors – Misreading Letters and Numbers An article by the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) reminds healthcare practitioners how dangerous it can be to misread the letters and numbers on prescriptions, drug orders and medical records. Unfortunately, these mistakes are easy to make because some […]

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Injury During Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery

Injury During Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery

Injury During Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgical An injury during a laparoscopic gallbladder surgery can occur. Understanding Gallstones The gallbladder (or cholecyst or gall bladder) is a pear-shaped organ located in the right upper abdomen below the liver.1 The gallbladder aids in the digestive process storing bile that is […]

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Injury to the Common Bile Duct during Cholecystectomy

Injury to the Common Bile Duct during Cholecystectomy

How an Injury to the Common Bile Duct might occur during Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy There are situations where an injury to the common bile duct can occur during a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. Laparoscopic Gallbladder Removal Surgery During laparoscopic gallbladder removal surgery, there can be times when the surgeon mistakes the common […]

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Reluctance to Use an Intraoperative Cholangiography

Reluctance to Use an Intraoperative Cholangiography

Reluctance to Use an Intraoperative Cholangiography Why the reluctance to use an intraoperative cholangiography during a laparoscopic cholecystectomy? Intraoperative Cholangiography Cholecystectomy is the most commonly performed elective abdominal surgical procedure in the United States.  Each year approximately 750,000 cholecystectomies are performed in the United States alone.1  For […]

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Common Bile Duct Injury and the Anatomical Anomaly Defense

Common Bile Duct Injury and the Anatomical Anomaly Defense

Common Bile Duct Injury and the Anatomical Anomaly Defense When there is a surgical mistake during a laparoscopic cholecystectomy (or gallbladder removal surgery) resulting in an injury or insult to the common bile duct, the classic defense is that there were anatomical anomalies that made it difficult […]

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