December 21, 2012

Items Left in Bodies, Etc.

1 Surgical Errors Kill 270 Patients Per Year

A Johns Hopkins study of a huge database of medical malpractice claims in the U.S. from 1990 to 2010 reveals a disturbing number of "never" events in surgeries, such as an item left in a patient's body. The “never” label means that the events should never happen, but statistically such occurrences take place more than 4,080 times per year, producing permanent injuries in 33 percent of the cases, and proving fatal to the patient 6.6 percent of the time. In any given week, an estimated 39 foreign objects are left in a patient post-surgery, twenty surgeries are performed on the wrong patient, and twenty surgeons simply perform the wrong operation. Of the surgeons responsible, one in eight had been involved in previous "never" events. The total cost of payouts to victims: $1.3 billion.

More at Theatlantic.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Surgical Errors, Rate of Surgical Errors, Malpractice Lawsuits, Surgical Malpractice, Botched Operations, Number of Botched Operations

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ID Nutritionists, Dietitians

2 Docs Ill-Equipped to Treat Obesity

Many primary care physicians feel under-qualified to treat obesity, says a new Johns Hopkins survey which finds that only 44% of doctors reported success in helping obese patients lose weight and adds that the majority of surveyed doctors feel that nutritionists and dietitians are more qualified to treat obesity. 500 general practitioners, family practitioners and general internists were surveyed and the overwhelming majority supported receiving additional training in nutrition counseling. 93% said they’d like to see practice-based changes including body mass index as a vital sign. The study also showed that obesity-related medical education has changed little over time although doctors who completed their education most recently reported having more success in treating obesity.

More at Eurekalert.org | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Should Doctors Set Weight Limits on Patients?

Tags: Dietitian, Johns Hopkins University, Nutritionist, Obesity, Treating Obesity, Primary Care Physicians and Obesity

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One Protein with Two Functions

3 Protein Needed for Skin Health Tied to Eczema

A new study has found that inadequate levels of a protein essential for healthy skin may play a role in eczema, specifically atopic dermatitis. Oregon State University research have found that the Ctip2 protein has two important functions in the skin; making fat cells to keep skin properly functioning as a barrier by keeping it healthy and hydrated, and inhibiting the release of TSLP by skin cells leading to inflammation. Experiments in mice designed to have no Ctip2 found that their levels of TSLP were 1,000 times higher than the controls. TSLP is not normally found in human skin. Eczema occurs when the skin cannot protect itself and when inflammation increases. It is hoped that new, more personalized treatments that increase Ctip2 can be developed.

More at Science Daily | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Eczema in Kids Tied to Milk, Egg Allergies

Tags: Atopic Dermatitis, Eczema, Inflammation, Oregon State University, Skin, Ctip2, TSLP

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