A database of surgical services
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Blog posts about avoidable errors and high costs
1 MAY, 2014 Lack of honesty about end of life Profits put before patients outcomes Intensive Care death A conflict of interest between large profits from performing acute surgery and patients with end of life conditions, can lead to terrible outcomes. An elderly man...
Hospitals should not take unnecessary risks by cutting nursing staff in critical areas like Recovery.
Morbid obesity and surgery don’t mix. Patients should be made aware of the dangers of poor healing, and be encouraged to lose weight before major surgery.
Delayed treatment for a broken limb can lead to unnecessary complications.
Is sexism in surgery linked to the broader issue of bullying in hospitals? And how to we support junior staff to feel safe and well supported in hospitals?
Statistics indicating major trends
- Our of the hospital acquired infections (that affect 1 in 20 patients), what percent are surgical site infections? 17%
- Approximately what percent of surgical infections are caused by patients own bacterial flora? 80%
- How many extra days do surgery acquired infections keep patients in hospital for, on average? 8 days%
- Approximately what percent of people who underwent surgery for back pain, still experience chronic pain several years later? 30%
A brief summary
Major problems to avoid
- Surgical wound infections are a substantial risk and cost the community millions of dollars every year.
- Simple basic procedures like staff washing their hands before touching patients and patients washing their body with soap and water before surgery, are proven to reduce surgical infection risks substantially. Yet overall, there is little focus on managing the basics of hygiene.
- Surgery to treat common problems like chronic pain often fail to fix the problem, while causing unnecessary costs and risk of infections.
Positive things to seek out
- Smart wound dressings are coming on to the market that can sense and report on infections.
- Governments and insurers are withdrawing funding for patients care due to hospital acquired infections. This is forcing hospitals to change their practices.