Surgeons have an awesome responsibility to their patients. The patients they treat are often critically ill with their lives hanging in the balance. They are dependent on the surgeon's knowledge, guidance and steady hands. One wrong move in the operating room can mean the difference between life and death for the patient on the table.
Women often have hysterectomies to remove cancerous organs or just the risk of cancer in their female parts. But there is a subset of patients whose hysterectomies actually spread their cancer throughout their bodies and kill them.
A surgical fire -- which is one that occurs inside the operating room while the patient is on the operating table and usually under anesthesia -- is a "never" event.
Modern anesthesia has made medical miracles possible -- and it's used in almost 40 million procedures a year.
There are some surgical errors that are called "never events" -- meaning they are mistakes that should never happen because they are 100 percent preventable.
Plastic surgery is often associated with Hollywood performers who are desperate to look young, or at least less old, at all costs. However, people across the nation, including those in Boston, Massachusetts, go under the knife and get plastic surgery. Unfortunately, there are often surgical errors that adversely affect patients for months, years or the rest of their lives.
In health care, a "never event" is a serious, preventable error that should simply never happen. If it does, it indicates significant problems with the procedures designed to ensure patient safety.
Doctors aren't the only ones that can be sued for medical malpractice. It's possible to sue anyone who comprises your medical team including nurses, physician assistants, and anesthesiologists. You can sue rehab facilities, pharmacists, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies as well. At the crux of any medical malpractice lawsuit is the ability of a plaintiff to prove provider negligence.When it comes to hospitals, they can be held liable for both their own negligence as well as that of their employees. As for how or why a hospital can be held liable for their employees' actions, it has to do with the fact that they're expected to conduct risk assessments of their employees. If they fail to properly investigate their employees' education, licensing or training, they can be considered negligent.A hospital also has the responsibility to thoroughly investigate individuals with whom it is affiliated. For example, it's important for a hospital to thoroughly investigate the record of a physician before awarding him or her rights to treat patients at its facilities.It's also important that hospital administration stay abreast of state staffing minimums and any shortages that may exist. Many states have certain requirements in place that dictate what the staff-to-patient ratio should be in both hospitals and other health care facilities. A lot of resources have gone into determining what ratio is necessary to ensure that their patients receive the highest quality care.Hospitals also have as a responsibility to ensure that patients receive care that is aligned with what their personal physician ordered for them. If they fail to do so, they can be held liable for the consequences of not having done so.
Did you know that the position your body is placed in during surgery could determine how well you recover?
Of all of the dangers that patients have to worry about when they go into an operating room, an accidental fire shouldn't be one of them.