While they may not make the headlines often, surgical errors are a serious and widespread issue that hospitals face on a daily basis. According to a 2014 analysis performed by the Patient Safety in Surgery Journal, between 46% and 65% of complications in hospitals occur during surgery.

So apart from hospital-acquired infections (or surgical-site infections), which already take a heavy toll on patient health annually, surgical errors also constitute a serious issue for all involved. Read on to find out more about various types of errors that occur during surgery and how hospitals can address these effectively.

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Physician retention is one of the greatest challenges of every hospital. Globally, doctor turnover is high in numbers with up to 25% of physicians quitting their job within three years of being hired. Additionally, the price of having to recruit new and capable doctors and especially specialized ones, such as surgeons, is also high. It ranges between tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars for a single doctor.

Retaining them, on the other hand, has been shown to generate profits for hospitals that are in the millions. Not to speak of the benefits for a hospital’s culture and environment to have motivated and professional employees. Given these numbers and the financial and overall damage that hospitals sustain when physicians leave, what can hospital management do to retain doctors?

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Burnout has probably always been a part of doctors’ lives, and that’s still true today. A calm and collected life for physicians, with reduced stress and anxiety, is the exception rather than the rule. Some doctors, such as surgeons, are even more challenged than others. The numbers that paint this picture of crisis are staggering.…

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