Dr. Wallach starts the show today discussing medical mistakes. Contending that the recent death of comedian Joan Rivers could have been avoided. Citing several other famous people who have died in recent years during "routine" screening tests or procedures. Outlining the numbers of people that are injured, killed and infected every year in the U.S.
Pearls of Wisdom
Doug Winfrey and Dr. Wallach discuss a news article concerning a new study of technologies to help surgeons find lost sponges. Studies estimate that "retained surgical items" occurs once in every 5500 to 7000 surgeries. According to the National Center for Health Statistics in 2010 there were 51.4 million in patient procedures performed. The study found that hospitals using sponges with chips that use radiofrequency detections systems don't lose as many sponges. They also found the costs of using these systems were less than the cost of sponge retrieval and lawsuits.
Victoria has a friend with carpal tunnel syndrome and sleep apnea.
Marcia has several health challenges including hypertension, type 2 diabetes and constipation.
Pat has been diagnosed with cataracts.
Sandra has been diagnosed with Ehler's Danlos a rare connective tissue disease.
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