The FDA updates physicians about adverse events associated with surgical staplers and implantable surgical staples and provides recommendations for improving patient safety.
The VA and UPMC created an algorithmic tool designed to alert physicians to patients who may be at risk for surgical complications following elective surgery.
The CDC estimates that half of surgical site infections (SSIs) are preventable with evidence-based strategies. MLMIC urges all insureds to familiarize themselves with the CDC recommendations.
MLMIC’s most recent Case Review (Winter 2016) contains a perspective on a case with both a catastrophic outcome and serious legal and risk management deficits. The case study – involving paralysis from spinal surgery – highlights not only clear and continuous lack of communication between a variety of providers but also several failures of documentation.