When you undergo a medical procedure to reduce the potential for a serious injury or medical event, you expect that undergoing the procedure will be safer than continuing without it. In many cases, that belief is correct. In the case of a particular brand of vena cava filters, however, a device meant to address one medical condition ended up causing another, more dangerous condition.
Although surgical mistakes are fairly rare, statistics show that completely preventable mistakes continue throughout the United States. For example, one out of 100,000 surgeries involves a wrong site surgical error, where the surgeon operates on the incorrect body part or the wrong area of a patient's body. Sometimes, these errors involve surgeries on the wrong person. Even more distressing is the fact that one out of 10,000 surgeries involve a doctor forgetting something inside the patient's body, like a surgical tool or a medical sponge.
Recently I read a study about deaths caused by medical errors. The report brought to mind other studies I've read about the effects of "tort reform" on healthcare and I couldn't help but wonder how these studies fit together.
Although Northeast Ohio is blessed with many fine physicians, a new study published by researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine suggests that medical errors are now the third leading cause of death in the United States. Researchers found that physician mistakes trailed only heart disease and cancer for amounts of deaths caused annually.
Pulmonary embolism (PE) occurs when a blood clot is formed (usually in a vein in a leg) and travels to the lung causing a blockage in the lung artery. It is often a complication of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which is when a blood clot or clots form in the deep veins of the body (often the legs). The clot(s) travel in the bloodstream to other parts of the body-causing blockage.
Does your child complain about being overly tired at soccer practice? Has he or she ever fainted while playing or had an unexplained seizure? Don't ignore the situation. It's possible that your child may have long QT syndrome (LQTS).
A recent study suggests surgery patients should be less afraid of the knife and more afraid of what's inside the syringe.
With the hot sunny days of summer, most of us spend a great deal of time outdoors - unprotected. For many years now we have heard about protecting ourselves from harmful ultraviolet rays by using sunscreen, yet too few of us do.
Have you experienced dizziness and fainting? Beware of Long QT Syndrome.
While most people hesitate to go to the emergency room when confronted with a sudden painful condition, those who do should be assured of a thorough evaluation. After all, why call it an "emergency room" if emergent procedures are not going to be done to help diagnose the patient's condition?