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Bad care…Bad care…Whatcha gonna do?…Whatcha gonna do to get better care for YOU?

October 1, 2012

He went in with two testicles, but came out with only one. A swelling pulsating cyst growing upon the patient’s testicles became so critical that he was immediately sent in for a cystectomy. However, little did he know that his surgeon, Dr. Hourani, came into work under the influence of several narcautics that day. Snip… Snip… off came the testicle, leaving the panel of this particular surgery in complete horror! At no time did Dr. Hourani provide an explanation as to why he cut of the testicle instead of the cyst. Nurses present at the time state that, “he looked rather surprised as he held the detatched testicale in his hand.” (menmedia.co.uk.com) Shortly after the surgery the Surgeon was found passed out face first on the couch in the nearest staff work room. Upon further investigation it was discovered that the Surgeon had midazolam* in his system. Dr. Hourani explains to investegators that he injected the patient with only 8mg of the medication and injected himself with the remainder 2mg. Needless to say the patient to this day is lopsided down where it counts on account of a Suregon’s inefficent medical practices. (September 2007)

*is used to produce sleepiness or drowsiness and to relieve anxiety before surgery or certain procedures

For more info

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2010/apr/19/doctor-removes-testicle-by-mistake

The term ‘Malpractice’, from a medical aspect, refers to Improper, unskilled, or negligent treatment of a patient by a physician, dentist, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care professional (thefreedictionary.com). It is estimated that 100,000 people die in the hospitals each year due to preventable errors on the medical staff’s behalf. Practices such as; misdiagnosis, bad hygiene,and surgical errorrs are all considered forms of medical malpractice that needs to be addressed.

Misdiagnosis

Ever go to the school nurse with a headache and ended up being sent home with strept throat?

Well, in some cases medical professionals make the mistake of not properly diagnosising the patient. June 2004, Trisha Torrey discovered that she had a lump just about the size of a golf ball on the side of her torso. Creating an appointment with her Docoter he immediatley called for the lump to be removed. Once removed, the biopsy along with several other miscillanious tests took a straneous amount of time to come back. Mrs. Torrey became fearful as to what the lump had contained within waiting by the phone day by day waiting for that critical phone call. Weeks went by, when one day Mrs. Torrey received the phone call.. The phone call that had altered her life forever it seemed. “”You have a very rare cancer called subcutaneous panniculitis-like T-cell lymphoma,” stated the Doctor to the frightened Mrs. Torrey. She questioned how could this be? Upon research Mrs. Torrey had found that the cancer was terminal and had no ther treatments or than chemo. Before, subjecting herself to the dreadful chemo Mrs. Torrey sheduled one more appointment with a whole different Doctor to get his opinion. Apprently Mrs. Torrey did not have cancer at all according to the newest biospy the specialists had done on the removed lump. What Mrs. Torrey really had is know as panniculitis, an inflammation of the fat cells. However, since the removal of the lump she has had no other problems since. Medical professionals need to take the time to properly examine the symptoms of their patients to make an accurate diagnosis one time the first time.


Poor Hygiene- EWWW!!!

If anyone in world were to be required to be squeaky clean they should be medical perfessionals…

“1.7 million patients in the United States each year, racking up an annual cost of $6.5 billion and contributing to more than 90,000 deaths annually due to improper hygiene of the medical professional” –PAULINE W. CHEN, M.D

The average medical professional washes their hands constently! Think about it.. They have to wash their hands when they arrive to work, before seeing each patient, then after seeing patients, before as well as after they eat, before and after they use the bathroom, and so on.. They should spend almost 1/3 of their day washing their hands. Srubs are a major factor in the spread of infection within medical facilities. A medical professional’s scrubs go through a lot throughout the course of the day. From food and drinks to blood to bodily fluid soliage, scrubs never remain entirely clean. It is the medical professionals responsibility to change into clean scrubs whenever there is visible or questionably visible soilage. This not only protects the professional from possible infection, but will prevent the spread of an infection to the patients.

Here’s a list of questions to ask yourself to make sure your medical professioal is practing proper hygiene…

  1. Did they wash their hands upon entering the room?
  2. Do they look professional? (In Scrubs, hair pulled back, nails short clean and naturally colored, no visible jewerly except for a watch or wedding band, and gernerally smell pleasant.)
  3. Is their professional attire neat and clean, free from wrinkles or any visible soliage?
  1. Do they wipe down eqiupment prior to use on you? How about after?
  1. Do they wash their hands before leave the room?

*Be sure to ask these questions to yourself in order to protect your self from potential infection*

Surgical Errors

 

Suregons have been known to accidently stictch up patients leaving surgical equipment still inside. Items such as sponges, forceps, scapels, bandaging, etc. have all been found left inside innocent paitents. However, about two-thirds of the surgical objects left behind are sponges, which can lead to pain, infection, bowel obstructions, problems in healing, longer hospital stays, additional surgeries and in rare cases, death (Loyla University Health System). 

Errors of Operation (see intro)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Road to Prevention
Make sure the tank for the american car is full on gas, for the trip to prevent malpractice in the medical field will be long and rather slow. However, there have been a few additional protocols to help put an end to medical malpractice. Such protocals are as follows…


 

 

 

 

 

 

  • No Sponge Left Behind
    Using the same technology found in clothing tags used in retail store tracking systems, a study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that surgical sponges with implanted radio frequency (RF) tags may be an effective adjunct to manual counting and X-ray detection in preventing sponges from being left behind in patients following a surgical procedure (ScienceDaily).
  • Universal Protocal
    for preventing wrong site, wrong procedure, wrong person surgery, effective July 1, 2004. This protocol specified pre-procedural verification, surgical marking of the operative body part, and the calling of a “time-out” prior to procedure initiation to confirm all of the details of the procedure with all those present along with verification of the patient (nashandsocieties.com)

Be sure to sign up for Medical Malpractice Insurance! Here’s How…

http://www.covermd.com/states/MedicalMalpracticeInsuranceQuote.aspx?gclid=CMy8wYrd3rICFQQGnQodyxkALw

Good Luck and be careful you never know what kind of care you’re going to get…

    
  

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 8, 2012 9:38 am

    Your title is catchy and it grabs the readers attention to make them want to read more. I bet no one ever thinks that a doctor or a nurse could be wrong when they diagnose you for having a certain type of cancer, infection, etc. You automatically think because they’re a docotor/nurse that they know everything. They could see one thing but diagnose you as having another. That’s a simple mistake that could happen to you if you don’t pay close attention and ask questions. Do you ever wonder if the doctors wash their hands before performing a procedure on you? I would sure hope they did because that could put you at risk for catching something from germs transported from the doctors hands to your skin. The next time you have a doctors visit make sure that you ask questions, but most importantly make sure that they wash their hands before performing any type of procedure if they haven’t did so already.

    • October 15, 2012 11:37 pm

      Thanks for your comments 🙂 Remember to ask yourself those questions whenever a medical professional is working with you.

  2. October 15, 2012 10:00 am

    The title is the first thing that caught my attention. I never really thought to really pay that much attention when i go to the doctor. I just think that doctors would be clean because they know how easy germs can spread. I made a copy of the questions so that the next time i go see the doctor i will make sure they have good hygiene.

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