Medical errors can be devastating for patients. In some cases, those errors can cause patients to die. In fact, more than 250,000 Americans die each year because of medical errors. This is a true crisis for the health care system in this country.
Surgeons use a host of equipment and supplies when they are doing a surgical procedure. It is crucial that they remove all of these tools and supplies from the patient before they close the incision when the surgery is done. Items that are left behind in the patient pose a serious medical risk for the patient. In some cases, these items, such as surgical sponges, can lead to infections as the body tries to fight off the foreign body.
In our previous blog post, we discussed some of the illnesses and medical conditions that are misdiagnosed. The common factor in each of the conditions that we discussed was that the patient who wasn't properly diagnosed suffered because of the failure to accurately diagnose. The suffering is something that didn't have to happen. If the medical professional had provided care that was at or above the standard of care, the patient wouldn't have suffered.
Patients who go into a doctor's office with a medical complaint deserve to get an accurate diagnosis. When an accurate diagnosis isn't made in a timely manner, the patient can suffer from a worsened condition or other negative effects of the delayed diagnosis.
Drivers are discouraged from doing anything behind the wheel that will prove to be a distraction, and one of the most dangerous forms of distraction is text messaging. Sending a text message can take a driver's eyes of the road for several seconds, and may take their mind off their task for even longer. Even taking a quick peek to read a text can throw a driver off-kilter enough to trigger an auto accident. But a text message isn't a one-way communication most of the time. There is almost always someone on the other end of an exchange.
Many women are able to give birth to a baby vaginally without having any complications. For some women, the size of her pelvis compared to the size of the baby doesn't make a vaginal birth possible. The size of the baby's shoulders, for example, can get stuck in the birth canal. That leads to a shoulder dystocia, which is a very serious birth issue.