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November 2014 Archives

Does laparoscopic surgery have hidden risks?

New surgical techniques are supposed to be safer and less invasive. Laparoscopy is one example. In this type of surgery, the doctor makes a small incision and inserts a lighted tube. Compared to traditional surgery, laparoscopic surgery is marketed as safer, less invasive and resulting in less bleeding. However, a recent warning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests that one application of the surgical technique requires further investigation.

Is it getting harder to hold doctors accountable?

A new analysis may signal cause for concern among health care advocates and informed patients. Based on data collected between 2002 and 2013, researchers found that rates of paid medical malpractice claims declined. Unfortunately, fewer paid claims do not necessarily mean fewer patient injuries.

Improved doctor communication can reduce patient injuries

In the world of modern medicine, a patient’s care may be entrusted to team of health care professionals. Doctors, nurses, medical imaging technicians, anesthesiologists and others may be consulted. In Oregon and across the a country, a patient might be transferred to multiple facilities for specialized procedures.