Sometimes a patient will go to an Atlanta medical facility for a routine surgery and everything appears to go well. However, after several days of recovery, the patient notices that his or her pain is getting worse instead of better. This pain might even include fever. It could be a sign of a surgical souvenir — i.e., an object left in the patient's body during surgery.
The family of a young boy has received a $130 million jury award after their son suffered brain damage while receiving treatment at a Detroit hospital. The multimillion-dollar decision was issued last Tuesday.
A plastic surgeon from the Atlanta area has been accused of negligence in a medical malpractice lawsuit. The plaintiff accused the doctor of cavalierly dancing, singing and engaging in other ridiculous antics while she performed surgeries on her patients who were anesthetized at the time. In addition, the lawsuit claims that the doctor didn't have the appropriate qualifications to carry out the procedures she performed.
The term "informed consent" refers to the consent that a patient gives prior to a medical procedure. A doctor will not put you under anesthesia and perform an operation on you until you've expressly given him or her permission to do so. In other words, you need to give your consent. However, your consent also has to be "informed," meaning that your physician has fully described the procedure to you along with its potential risks, so that you can make an educated decision about whether to proceed. This consent usually needs to be codified in writing.
Many Atlanta residents decide to "get a little work done," i.e., seek out a plastic surgeon for a little nip and tuck or other cosmetic procedure to improve their looks or keep the years at bay a little longer. But few expect to have their procedures leave them in worse condition than before their surgeries, or even more serious, cause life-threatening problems.
When the parents of a 19-year-old autistic man checked their son in for psychiatric care, they probably expected his outbursts to be met with compassion -- not a lethal choke hold.
When you get a prescription filled at your local pharmacy, you assume that it will be 100 percent accurate regarding the drug and the dosage.
As a patient, you always want to receive the highest level of care. Doing so puts you in position to feel good about your overall level of health.
In 2001, Ken Kizer, MD coined the phrase "Never Event." In short, this is nothing more than a shocking medical error, such as performing surgery on the wrong patient, which should never occur.
Nobody wants to spend any period of time in the hospital; however, you could find yourself in this position at some point.