Patient injuries in operative rhinology during a ten-year period : Review of national patient insurance charts

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Blomgren , K , Aaltonen , L -M , Lehtonen , L & Helmiö , P 2018 , ' Patient injuries in operative rhinology during a ten-year period : Review of national patient insurance charts ' , Clinical Otolaryngology , vol. 43 , no. 1 , pp. 7-12 . https://doi.org/10.1111/coa.12894

Title: Patient injuries in operative rhinology during a ten-year period : Review of national patient insurance charts
Author: Blomgren, K.; Aaltonen, L. -M.; Lehtonen, L.; Helmiö, P.
Contributor organization: Korva-, nenä- ja kurkkutautien klinikka
Clinicum
University of Helsinki
Department of Public Health
HUS Head and Neck Center
HUSLAB
Date: 2018-02
Language: eng
Number of pages: 6
Belongs to series: Clinical Otolaryngology
ISSN: 1749-4478
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/coa.12894
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/233399
Abstract: Objectives: To assess factors contributing to patient injuries in operative rhinology. Design: Data of the accepted patient injury claims involving operative rhinology, between the years 2001 and 2011, were obtained from the Finnish Patient Insurance Centre registry. Two senior otolaryngologists analysed and evaluated the injury mechanisms. Main outcome measures: Analysis and classification of factors contributing to patient injuries. Results: During the ten-year study period, there were 67 patient injuries in operative rhinology, comprising 36% of all patient injuries in otorhinolaryngologic surgery. The majority (78%) of patients were treated in university or central hospitals and almost all (90%) by fully trained otolaryngology specialists. The factors contributing to the injuries were errors in surgical technique, like lesions to the orbit, skull base and meninges, and adjacent nerves, as well as mistakes with removable packings left in situ. Nearly half of the patients had undergone endoscopic sinus surgery. One patient died because of bleeding from the intracranial artery. Fourteen patients (21%) needed a re-operation due to the injury. Conclusions: Patient injuries in rhinology were caused by typical complications of common operations performed by otorhinolaryngology specialists. The increased volume of endoscopic sinus surgery was evident also in patient injuries.
Subject: ENDOSCOPIC SINUS SURGERY
CHRONIC RHINOSINUSITIS
MEDICAL MALPRACTICE
OTOLARYNGOLOGY
CHECKLIST
COMPLICATIONS
SAFETY
3125 Otorhinolaryngology, ophthalmology
Peer reviewed: Yes
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