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Study Finds Outpatient Urologic Surgeries Riskier than Inpatient

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One of the more common outpatient procedures for both men and women are urologic surgeries. The most common reasons for these surgeries are for the removal of cancerous tumors, renal stones, or for male infertility. Like many surgeries, there has been a shift over the past few years to move urologic surgeries from inpatient procedures to outpatient procedures in order to cut the costs of the procedures. But one study warns that this practice could be dangerous to the patient.

The study was conducted at Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital. The research team obtained the data used for the study from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample database. The researchers examined the records during a 12-year period of patients who had been discharged after having urologic surgery. There were almost 8 million urologic surgeries performed during this time frame. Researchers looked at the overall mortality rate of the patients, as well as the Failure to Rescue (FTR) mortality rates.

FTR mortality rates were implemented after the ground-breaking publication of To Err is Human, which pointed out serious flaws in the medical community that allowed medical errors to occur at an alarming rate. An FTR is defined as the failure of medical professionals to identify a problem and take the necessary action to prevent a patient’s death.  

Researchers of this study found that along with the increase in outpatient surgeries, there has also been an increase in the FTR mortality rates. Particularly at risk were patients who were elderly, members of a minority, those who suffered from some other medical condition, or those patients who had public and not private health insurance.

The incidents of preventable medical errors in this country are almost at epidemic proportions. According to national statistics, the number of people who die each week because of preventable medical errors in this country could fill four jumbo jets.

Contact a Dedicated Va. Malpractice Attorney

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries as a result of a mistake or misdiagnosis on the part of medical personnel, contact a skilled Virginia medical malpractice attorney to discuss what legal options you may have against those parties who are responsible for those injuries. Our legal team has successfully represented many clients who have suffered as a result of medical negligence. Our Virginia wrongful death attorneys have also aggressively advocated for families whose loved one died as a result of medical malpractice in obtaining the financial damages they deserved for the losses they suffered.

Randy E. Appleton
Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Lawyer Serving Va Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake & all of Virginia
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