Articles tagged with "patient safety"

Few Medical Errors are Reported

Six out of every seven hospital-based errors, accidents and other adverse events still go unreported, according a report released in January by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Making Up the Difference: Otolaryngologists find ways to provide care for under- and uninsured patients

Doctors Rima and Robert DeFatta, married otolaryngologists who work at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, spend about an hour each day dealing with insurance-related hassles. About 20 percent of their patients are un- or underinsured, so the two physicians spend time dashing off letters to insurance companies, re-jiggering treatment plans and helping patients access available resources. Recently, Rima DeFatta, MD, had to figure out how to diagnose a patient who presented with symptoms that suggested possible neurologic involvement.

Return on Recycling: Reprocessing single-use devices may lower costs, improve efficiency

The idea of reusing single-use devices may bring to mind the recent news of a Las Vegas urologist who was investigated in March for supposedly resuing single-use devices. As the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports, Dr. Michael Kaplan is accussed of reusing, but not not decontaminating, endocavity needle guides. While Dr. Kaplan’s specific case may be unique, the idea of reprocessing single-use devices is not.

Letters: Taking the Lead on Safety

I read with great interest the article published in the December 2010 issue of ENT Today, “Safety Net: With violence on the rise, otolaryngologists implement prevention strategies”. Physician safety in the workplace is still largely ignored and your article serves to further awareness of the problem. I thank you for providing this forum.

Experience with Robotic Thyroid Surgery in North American Patients

What is the feasibility of robotic thyroid surgery in North American patients? Background: Less invasive thyroid surgery approaches, such as video-assisted thyroidectomy, may be technically difficult and still result in a neck incision. The daVinci Surgical System has been applied to a transaxillary endoscopic approach to the thyroid, allowing increased precision, tremor filtration and more degrees […]