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Biel L. ProPublica. October 2, 2018.
This news article reports on systemic weaknesses that enabled a surgeon with poor skills to continue to perform procedures after numerous surgical errors that resulted in patient harm. A past PSNet perspective explored the risk of recurring medicolegal events among providers who have received unsolicited patient complaints, faced disciplinary actions by medical boards, or accumulated malpractice claims.
Baker M. Seattle Times. February 10, 2017.
Reporting on an incident involving a patient who died after a surgery, this news article discusses potential contributing factors in the incident such as concurrent surgeries and failure to consider patient and family concerns. A past WebM&M commentary highlighted the importance of listening to families when they advocate for patients in the hospital.
Hamblin J. The Atlantic. March 17, 2014.
Reporting on the use of checklists, this magazine article describes studies that identified benefits, such as reduced complication rates, along with research that questioned the effectiveness of checklists in improving safety. The article also discusses how these assessments may influence checklist application in health care over time.
Zarembo A. Los Angeles Times. April 6, 2010.
This newspaper article reports on device failures in the context of organizational and individual accountability for unreliable equipment, aborted surgery, and treatment delay.
Associated Press. MSNBC. November 27, 2007.
This news article reports repeated incidents of wrong-side surgery at the same facility, and state and hospital reactions to the errors.
Klein A. The Washington Post. December 30, 2005:A3.
This article reports on incidents in which patients were exposed to a rare brain disease after contaminated surgical instruments were used during their brain surgeries.