He was 61, a smoker, afflicted with high blood pressure and diabetes, but a doctor should not have ignored Finis Cuff’s high blood pressure of 200/80 during a visit in 2010. So said a jury in Delaware County recently in awarding nearly $7.4 million to Cuff, who suffered a stroke two days after leaving the doctor’s office. Cuff, of Darby, Pa., remains permanently disabled, without proper use of his legs and one arm and confined to a wheelchair. Defendants in the case were Dr. Douglas L. Keagle, Mercy Health System of Southeastern Pennsylvania and Mercy Medical Associates in Darby.
A jury in Texas has handed down a $1.2 million verdict in a transvaginal mesh case for a woman who was injured after the device eroded inside her. The verdict was the latest against Johnson & Johnson and the first for the plaintiffs involving a TVT-O device used for stress urinary incontinence. There are currently more than 12,000 lawsuits filed claiming that vaginal mesh devices, used to treat urinary incontinence and organ prolapse, are defective.
Tubing connection mistakes most commonly occur when a hospital employee connects a catheter or tube to a wrong port or device. Misconnection of tubing used to link patients to medical equipment has the potential to result in serious injury.
Medical devices used in hospitals are designed so they have the ability to connect to related tubing and accessories, with many connectors or luer locks being a standard size and the same size as a broad range of medical equipment used for different functions.
The number of robot-assisted surgeries in U.S. hospitals has jumped 60 percent in just two years. In 2012, approximately 350,000 robotic surgeries were performed for procedures including hysterectomies, prostate surgery, gallbladder removal and heart valve repairs.
The use of robotics is the latest thing in operating rooms these days. A multi-armed robot named “da Vinci” was used in 367,000 surgeries nationwide last year, triple the number of four years earlier. But now, according to an Associated Press report out of Chicago, the high-tech – and heavily marketed -- device is coming under scrutiny over reports of technical difficulties.