On behalf of the VTE Impact Assessment Group, established investigators reported that nearly 1 million cases of venous thromboembolism (VTE) occur each year in the United States.
New York residents may be aware that preventable medical deaths occur in hospitals each year in the United States. According to a representative from Health Watch USA, there have been a few reports that have estimated the annual number to be more than 200,000. Some of the preventable conditions that may lead to patient deaths while in a hospital setting include bed ulcers, blood clots and surgical errors.
Infections while in the hospital as well as errors diagnosing patients may also lead to preventable deaths. However, not all are convinced that the figures are accurate. Some criticisms of the data include an inability to determine an exact cause of death or the possibility that a patient's lifestyle may have contributed to medical problems. Another criticism is that some patients may be near the end of their lives when they arrive at the hospital.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, congenital heart defects, or CHDs, are a leading cause of birth defect-related illness and death in infants in the United States. According to one 2010 study, more than 2 million infants, children, teens, and adults in the US were living with CHDs.
A recent John Hopkins study has found that the number of medical negligence cases in the United States has seen a significantly rapid rise in recent years.
The annual plastic surgery procedural statistics reveals that in the year 2015 only, close to 15.9 million minimally-invasive and surgical procedures were performed in the United States - accounting for a 2% rise over 2014. Overall procedures have increased 115% since 2000 in the country, but the types of procedures that patients are opting to get are changing.
Ventricular septal defect, or VSD, is one of the most common congenital heart defects - ranking second to bicuspid aortic valve.
A New York City hospital has found that using prefilled syringes instead of vials for surgery may be both cheaper and safer. Anesthesiologists at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in Manhattan have begun using the prefilled syringes for some procedures. This is a time when mistakes may be more likely to happen because there are no checks on the anesthesiologist who is responsible for prescribing, preparing and administering the drug.
The operating room is also a fast-paced environment, and this could contribute to mistakes as well. According to one study that looked at 277 operations, there were largely preventable medication errors in just over 5 percent of the cases. When the medication is instead withdrawn and labeled in advance and waiting in the syringe, errors may be less likely. According to one doctor at Mount Sinai, there has not yet been a formal cost analysis done regarding the change to syringes. While prefilled syringes are costlier than vials, there still may be less waste and thus lower costs overall.
You went to your doctor because of a little ache that was getting in the way of your happiness, or preventing you from doing your job at the law office where you work. You did everything the doctor said for the headaches and the cramps, but now you're suffering far worse than before.
The "cure" that your doctor prescribed, and the treatments you received, have left you with severe injuries. Now you want answers.
According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) analysis in 2014, in the United States, gestational diabetes may have a prevalence rate as high as 9.2%.