A jury awarded $524 million medical malpractice verdict to three individuals with at least two of the individuals stating that they had received Hepatitis C due to the unsanitary practices of a surgeon. It is claimed that a gastroenterologist reused vials of anesthesia and failed to sterilize equipment. It is also alleged that the practices of this doctor may have caused as many as 50,000 patients to have contracted Hepatitis C as well due to surgical errors.
A University of Pennsylvania study has produced an alarming statistic. Shortage of critical care nurses has been blamed in a large number of patient deaths. The researchers concluded that had Pennsylvania put into place a minimum nurse to patient ratio, more than 250 surgical deaths could have been prevented in 2010 alone.
studies have shown that most such errors result from lack of leadership or poor communication. Younger and more inexperienced doctors were the most likely of all surgeons to commit these surgical errors.
Surgical errors, including leaving of items inside of the body or operations on the wrong body part, occur dozens of times every week in hospitals. It has been conservatively estimated that 80,000 such incidents have occurred during the last 20 years.
According to the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, approximately ten percent of patients develop postoperative complications following surgery. The study showed that as many as 11.3 percent of surgical patients were admitted back to the hospital within 30 days after surgery.
A woman went into the hospital for hernia surgery, and she came out with a debilitating brain injury. The woman in question was a mother of four children.
Most patients trust that careless mistakes will not be made by their medical providers while they are on the surgical table. Happily, patients in Pittsburgh are more fortunate in this regards than certain other areas in the nation. Just recently, a surgical error that took place in a southern state may have resulted in ongoing health problems for the patient.
One great area of concerns for all patients concern surgical site infections due to surgical errors. Though there has been a decline of infections in Pennsylvania hospitals that have cropped up during a patient's hospital stay, such infections remain a major concern as nearly 99,000 patients across the country die every year due to this condition.