Risks Involved with Robotic-Assisted Surgery Are Not to be Taken Lightly
According to a new study conducted by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, patients are usually the last to know when a medication error is made in a hospital. While many mistakes do not cause harm to patients, personnel still tend to delay telling patients about these types of errors. The study also found that the most serious medication errors tend to occur in intensive care units where families are less likely to be told about problems than in other areas of the hospital. The study looked at voluntarily reported information from 537 hospitals covering 840,000 incidents between the years 1999 and 2005. About 98 percent of these errors resulted in no harm to the patients, but those that did were most likely to occur in ICU. About 110 of these errors led to patient deaths, 18 of which occurred in ICUs.
The impact that a brain injury would have upon the development of an Ohio child can be devastating. Depending on the severity of the brain injury, it is still conceivable that the child will suffer some sort of intellectual or physical impairment for the majority of his or her life.
Medication errors in Ohio are potentially devastating. An Ohio pharmacist once served six months in jail for neglecting to detect a mistake made by a technician in mixing chemotherapy. A 2-year-old girl, receiving what was to be her last chemotherapy treatment, died as a result of the medication error in giving the girl an overdose of saline. Perhaps to cut costs, the pharmacist was working alone on the Sunday he made the mistake; with no help other than the technician who composed the fatal mixture. The fact that the pharmacist and others who have committed similar forms of medical malpractice have felt overwhelming pangs of guilt has lead to the coining of a descriptive phrase for them, the "second victim."
While Ohio is no stranger to wrongful death suits, we can certainly learn from the goings on in other states across the country. Unfortunately for one patient in California last month, there was nothing she or her family could have done to prevent her wrongful death. Following a nurse's lockout at the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, one patient received a lethal dose of medication as a result of nursing errors.