A new study reveals that the number of doctor and hospital errors centering on liposuction procedures may be at the same rate as 25 years ago, leading to speculation that the procedures are unsafe. Researchers believe that oversimplification for the public as well as plastic surgeons with an eye toward making a profit contribute to the unsafe situation.The researchers who co-authored the study state that much could be done to save patient lives that is not currently being implemented. For example, the researchers found that toxicity from anesthesia, infection and blood lidocaine levels have all contributed to patient death. Doctors sometimes cut corners by using unlicensed anesthesia personnel as well.
Stories of surgical sponges and even instruments left in patients might seem hard to believe, but they definitely happen. These types of hospital errors appear with alarming frequency. However, new technology may help doctors avoid this pitfall and keep patients safer and healthier.About 4,000 so-called retained surgical items are reported every year in the United States. Most of these are sponges are used to control bleeding. In most operating theaters, nurses are responsible for counting the number of sponges used to be sure they are all retrieved. New technology such as radio-frequency tags has made the old method of counting obsolete, but some hospitals cling to these practices.
A jury in Tennessee returned a verdict of $7.8 million in damages on a lawsuit involving a child who suffered brain damage as a result of improper hospital treatment. The hospital errors included failure to administer proper medications, which led to brain damage.The suit was filed against the Dyersburg Regional Medical Center. The lawsuit, filed by the family of a 12-year-old boy, alleged that the victim received treatment in 2004 at the facility for a wound inflicted by a nail. He was not given the proper antibiotics and caught a flesh-eating form of bacteria that caused him to require skin grafts and later slip into a coma. The victim suffered brain damage as a result of the coma.
The family of a patient waiting for a kidney transplant must have felt great relief when their loved one was about to receive a kidney from a living donor. Unfortunately, mishandling of the organ by healthcare professionals at the University of Toledo resulted in a cancellation of the surgery as the kidney was judged to be unusable. The living-donor transplant program at the University's Medical Center was suspended as a result. Will this hospital error result in a medical malpractice case against the medical center? Some experts think it is likely.While medical malpractice is not always easy to prove, in the present case, it is apparently unquestioned that something went awry, resulting in the loss of the precious kidney. Suitable transplant organs are very rare as the organ must match certain aspects of the recipient's blood type and other factors. In this case, the organ was to be donated through a process known as "living-donor" transplant. The donor in these types of transplants volunteers to give an organ, often to a family member, to prevent the person staying on a list for years waiting for a suitable match.
A consumer group called Public Citizen asserts that medical malpractice payments for 2011 were at a record low, and that medical malpractice payments are not the reason for the high cost of health care. What has instead occurred is that patients remain uncompensated for hospital errors.
While lying on an operating table, a patient that had been administered anesthesia recalls a nurse screaming: "Oh, my God! He's on fire!" The patient was not imagining what he heard because he actually did suffer second-degree burns to his shoulder, chest and neck due to a hospital error.
Whatever residents of Ohio and Kentucky may be told by insurance companies and medical providers, the majority of individuals claiming injuries do to medical mistakes do not prevail at trial. A study has shown that 79.6 percent of medical malpractice cases end up with favorable verdicts for doctors - though as we will get to below, such a statistic can be misleading.
Surgeries performed that result in infection for patients kills approximately 8,000 patients every year. Yet hospitals throughout the country including Kentucky and Ohio are reluctant to report such surgical errors, and this is why a call for new public reporting standards is underway.
The kinds of hospital mistakes that lead to patient injury often defy reason. The Dayton VA Medical Center has been at the center of a number of allegations that eventually led to a $940,000 settlement. What has been asserted is that a dentist at the Ohio facility implemented improper hygiene procedures that have possibly led to 22 medical malpractice claims. Many of these came about after infection was reported among a number of patients.
The allegations contained in Medicare data concerning patient safety at a variety of so-called "teaching hospitals" is now the center of contention. One of the teaching hospitals singled out in the data is located in Ohio. The data concludes that overall "teaching hospitals" do poorly when it comes to hospital mistakes and patient safety.