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December 2013 Archives

Even routine surgeries can carry risks, potential for error

Surgeries in South Carolina, while remaining safe in many cases, carry a significant risk, even for procedures that are commonplace. A patient might have a problem with the anesthesia, or a tiny nick from the surgeon's scalpel could endanger the patient's life. Every patient has a unique combination of factors that can negatively influence a surgery. Doctor errors, negligence and mistakes can also cause permanent disability or death.

FDA looking into safety of surgical robots

South Carolina patients undergoing surgery may be interested in a recent urgent medical device recall issued by Intuitive Surgical, Inc., the manufacturer of the da Vinci robotic surgery system. Reportedly, the da Vinci's instrument arms can stall briefly due to friction within the arm. The machine can then move quickly in an effort to correct its position when resistance is overcome. The recall covers nearly 1,400 units around the world.

South Carolina health insurance info now easier to find

When it comes to information about health care, there are many misconceptions. It is important for people to understand exactly what health insurance options are available for them and their families, how health insurance relates to legal issues like medical malpractice and the responsibilities doctors, hospitals and patients share in ensuring everyone has adequate coverage, so we wanted to share this important story on our medical malpractice blog. Fortunately for South Carolina residents, finding this information is easier than ever with Sign Up South Carolina, a webpage that answers many questions about health insurance and helps residents find the right policies for their needs.

Why doctors don't disclose others' medical mistakes

South Carolina patients will be interested to know that a recent report revealed that many medical errors have gone unreported by doctors who are aware of another doctor's medical malpractice. Despite the code of ethics that mandates medical error disclosure, many patients have been released from hospitals without being informed about their impending health danger.

Mother of deceased child hopes to pass Leah's Law

South Carolina parents whose children have suffered injuries or died due to medical malpractice may be interested to learn that one parent is working as an advocate for new legislation called Leah's Law. The law, named after the woman's daughter who died after suffering respiratory arrest caused by the medicine provided by the hospital, would require that all hospitals monitor their patients' breathing electronically after every surgical procedure.

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