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Surgical mistakes can lead to septic shock in patients

Surgeons are some of the most educated professionals in the world. They spend years in school learning how to safely perform life-saving operations for the people in their care. Patients generally trust them and their decisions. After all, this person is going to cut open your body and perform necessary procedures to improve your health.

Regardless of education, surgeons still make mistakes. When that happens, it can have a devastating effect on the health of the patient involved. As somebody considering a surgery, you need to make sure that you are well informed about the potential risks of the operation. You should also make sure that your doctor has adequate support and best practices in place to prevent common surgical mistakes.

Paralysis is difficult to cope with, but possible

Any spinal cord injury can lead to paralysis of some sort. The area below the impacted spot on the spinal column can be affected by a host of symptoms, including weakness, loss of sensation and paralysis. Regardless of the nature of the issue, which can stem from a motor vehicle accident or a severe birth injury, being unable to use the entire body in a normal manner can have considerable impacts on the victim's life.

There are several things that a person who has paralysis should know. Here are a few things to remember:

4,000 eggs and embryos lost in hospital freezer malfunction

Arizona patients may be interested to learn that on July 3, it was reported that several families filed a lawsuit against a Cleveland hospital after a freezer housing more than 4,000 eggs and embryos malfunctioned. The cryopreservation system that the eggs and embryos were being housed in for more than 950 families malfunctioned in March.

University Hospitals stated that the eggs and embryos were being kept in a cryopreservation tank that had been equipped with an alarm system. This alarm system was supposed to alert an employee if the temperature in the tank changed. However, it was found that the alarm was off, so no employees were alerted when a malfunction caused the temperatures in the tank to rise. As a result, the hospital said it was unlikely that any of the eggs or embryos were viable. Even so, the hospital said that it was not liable due to the number of risks involved in in vitro fertilization.

Strategies to prevent surgery errors and catch complications

Surgery often relieves painful medical problems for people in Arizona. Risks and complications accompany any surgical procedure, but people can take proactive steps to increase the likelihood of good surgical results or catching complications as soon as possible so that medical providers can apply corrective treatments.

Before a surgery, a person should become as informed as possible about the benefits and risks associated with the procedure. A person should explore alternative treatments as well and try to judge if surgery is the best option. A reference librarian could assist a person with finding authoritative literature on the subject. The surgeon should be willing to meet with the patient prior to surgery and discuss any concerns. Ideally, a close relative or friend will accompany the person to appointments to listen and ask questions.

Misdiagnosis of vascular injury following arthroplasty

People who are scheduled to undergo surgery in Arizona are sometimes nervous about the potential for complications. The reasons for such apprehensions can be demonstrated in the 2015 cases of two women who each had a surgery known as a total knee arthroplasty. Both of them suffered damage to the popliteal artery during their surgeries. It's a rare complication, but the majority of vascular injuries that occur during TKAs involve the popliteal artery.

Both patients were women and 76 years of age. In the first case, the surgeon ordered an emergent CT angiography and a Doppler ultrasonography. After tear in the popliteal artery was discovered and diagnosed, the patient underwent a second surgery to repair the tear.

Causes and symptoms of failed back surgery syndrome

Failed back surgery syndrome refers to any painful condition that patients develop after neck or spinal surgery. The pain can be in the back, legs, arms or neck and impede the patient's ability to recover from surgery; other symptoms include back spasms, sleeplessness and numbness through the lower back and into the legs. Despite its name, FBSS does not necessarily imply that something went wrong during surgery. Patients in Arizona may want to know more about its possible causes and treatments.

It may be that a patient was never a good candidate for spinal surgery to begin with. Perhaps the doctor did not evaluate the patient thoroughly or misdiagnosed the condition. The second possibility is that a surgical error was committed. Open back surgery is invasive and can cause excessive blood loss or damage to nerve roots. Wrong-site surgery, a spinal fusion failure or the rejection of a bone graft can also lead to FBSS.

Common errors in medical settings

According to studies, medical errors may lead to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people each year. There are a number of different types that Arizona patients might be harmed by.

Giving the wrong dosage or the wrong medication altogether is one common error. Some patients might be subject to unnecessary testing or to blood transfusions that are not needed, and these can increase the risk of infection or complications. There are other types of infections that may result from errors as well. Each day, around 1 in 25 people get infections from being in the hospital. Many of these happen because the hands of medical professionals are not clean enough. Central lines are another source of infection. Ventilator associated pneumonia is a particular danger for people who are in intensive care and can lead to death.

A minor brain injury can stop your career in its tracks

Your ability to provide for yourself and for those who depend on you relies on your ability to make the most of your skills, judgement and mental abilities. Unfortunately, many people do not realize that even a small blow to the head can produce symptoms that may affect all of these areas, potentially ruining your career and jeopardizing your ability to find work elsewhere.

Mild traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, are far more common than you might realize, and can occur even in instances when you don't believe that you suffered a severe blow to the head, or may not remember a blow to the head at all. This is particularly common in victims of car accidents, who do not always register impact to their head because these accidents are often disorienting.

5 malpractice lawsuits target dancing plastic surgery doctor

Patients in Arizona expect their doctors to take surgery seriously, but a surgeon dubbed by the media as the dancing doctor viewed surgeries as a chance to perform. Multiple videos on her YouTube channel showed and her surgical assistants dancing. The doctor posed over patients' exposed bodies and sang along with popular songs or made up her own lyrics. Five malpractice lawsuits are pending against her, but she continues to practice medicine.

The claims of her alleged malpractice victims include infections, disfigurement and brain damage. The woman who experienced brain damage died on the operating table and had to be revived by paramedics. She had originally gone to the doctor's clinic for minor cosmetic treatments like Botox but got talked into a surgery to flatten her stomach. Eight hours into the procedure, she stopped breathing. The doctor settled that case for an undisclosed amount.

Diagnosing preeclampsia during pregnancy

While many Arizona women experience a normal pregnancy with no major complications, others may experience dangerous or even life-threatening complications that could have an impact on both the mother and baby. One of these conditions is preeclampsia, which affects the mother's blood pressure and increases protein in her urine.

Preeclampsia and other similar disorders that result in increased blood pressure are a leading cause of both material and infant death all over the world. It can arise after the 20th week of pregnancy. If it is not diagnosed in a timely manner, the mother could suffer a seizure, multiple organ failure or a stroke, all of which could potentially result in death. The condition is generally diagnosed by blood pressure checks during prenatal appointments. If a mother has two blood pressure readings that are higher than 140/90 at least four hours apart, the mother should be monitored for preeclampsia. Blood, urine or ultrasound tests can be conducted for a more accurate assessment as well.

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