Hospitals, just like any other institution, are run by flawed human beings. That means that mistakes are an inevitable part of everyday operations. However, the stakes are higher. When a mechanic makes a mistake, the car might need to stay in the shop another day. When a doctor or surgeon makes one, it can maim or even kill a patient.
Incidents of hospital errors are frighteningly common, so we suggest the faint of heart look away:
● Instruments and sponges get left inside patients' bodies at an alarming rate: one out of every 1,000-1,500 intra-abdominal surgeries. Even scarier? Medicare now won't pay for the associated costs of having something left inside you.
● Some studies show that doctors misdiagnose or delay diagnoses between 10 and 20 percent of the time.
● That smoke that comes out of cauterizing devices? It's filled with 150 chemicals, many of which are carcinogenic and toxic. In fact, exposure can be equated to 30 unfiltered cigarettes. These devices are used in around 95 percent of all surgeries.
● Another study has shown that a whopping 97 percent of doctors in emergency rooms call for tests that are unnecessary, exposing patients to stress and risk. A study by the Congressional Budget Office found that almost 30 percent of the health care procedures in the nation aren't necessary.
If you feel you've been exposed to harmful materials during a procedure or you've been injured because of negligent hospital staff, an attorney may be able to help you recover compensation.
Source: huffingtonpost.com, "Here Are Some Scary Things That Can Happen To You In A Hospital," Ann Brenoff, March 6, 2017