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July 2015

8-Year-Old Boy Makes History with Bilateral Hand Transplant Surgery

A team of more than 40 doctors, nurses and staff performed the 11-hour surgery in Philadelphia.

Published: July 29, 2015

Unlabeled Meds Lead to $5.1M Verdict

Local anesthetic switch left patient with brain damage.

Published: July 24, 2015

Robotic Surgery Linked to
144 Patient Deaths Over 13-Year Timespan

FDA documents show more than 10,000 reported robotic surgery problems between 2000 and 2013.

Published: July 22, 2015

ASC Employee Who Sent Confidential E-mails to Her Home Convicted of Computer Fraud

About to be fired, business office manager claims she wanted to protect herself.

Published: July 22, 2015

Patient Sues Hospital After Surgical Lights Allegedly Cause Severe Burns

This is the second lawsuit that claims an Oregon hospital's unfiltered halogen bulbs left patients with third-degree burns.

Published: July 20, 2015

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June 2015

Connecticut Provider Tax Could Force Centers to Close Across State

A 6% provider tax included in the state's new budget could force more than a dozen centers to shut down.

Published: June 29, 2015

Insufficient Evidence to Link Nail Polish, Rings to SSIs

New study suggests more research is needed to determine if nail polish and rings impact infection rates.

Published: June 25, 2015

Colonoscopy Patient's Cell Phone Records Doctor's Insults

Jury: Anesthesiologist defamed unconscious patient during procedure-room conversation and must pay $500,000.

Published: June 24, 2015

Florida Skin-Cancer Doc Agrees to Pay Feds $4 Million

He's accused of performing unnecessary procedures and fabricating others.

Published: June 22, 2015

Can Antibiotics Successfully Treat Appendicitis?

Study finds that majority of patients suffering from appendicitis can be treated with antibiotics alone.

Published: June 16, 2015

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May 2015

Dentist Allegedly Choked Kids, Pulled Out Teeth Unnecessarily

Florida dentist accused of child abuse to benefit from Medicaid has voluntarily relinquished his medical license.

Published: May 28, 2015

Did Hospital Discriminate Against Doc Who Sat During Surgery?

Health issues forced him onto a stool, and might have compromised patient safety.

Published: May 28, 2015

Hospital Sues Olympus Over Duodenoscope Infections

Seattle's Virginia Mason sides with patient's widow in pending legal battle.

Published: May 14, 2015

Hospital Must Pay $21M for Performing Unnecessary Brain Surgery

Elderly woman lands in the OR after alleged CT scan mix-up.

Published: May 14, 2015

Don't Put Phones Before Patients

Surgical safety group promotes cautious perioperative use of electronic gadgets.

Published: May 13, 2015

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