As most South Carolina resident will tell you, going to the hospital for even a routine surgery can be a daunting prospect. Whether it is the cost of medical care, anxiety stemming from poor health, or simply a fear of the unknown, the hospital can be a stressful and intimidating place for many people.
An incident involving a woman who died by hypothermia and asphyxiation after she was put in a body bag by hospital personnel may be of some interest to people who live in South Carolina. The 80-year-old woman from California was originally believed to have died from a heart attack back in July 2010. The hospital declared her to be dead, and she was put in the hospital's morgue, according to the report.
Boxing fans in South Carolina might know the story of boxer Magomed Abdusalamov. He had just completed a bout at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 2, 2013. When he was seen by doctors after the fight, he was diagnosed with a broken nose and had a cut over his eye treated. A trainer noticed that there was blood in his post-fight urine sample. The man who noticed the blood understood that it could mean internal bleeding and recommended that the man go to the hospital.
South Carolina residents concerned about medical errors and hospital mistakes may be interested to learn that a South Dakota jury has awarded $776,000 for medical malpractice to a man who lost his wife of 15 years after a botched gallbladder removal. The defendant in the case, a Rapid City surgeon, has denied any wrongdoing, and he is expected to appeal the decision.
South Carolina patients may have heard that a surgeon is being sued for allegedly leaving surgery to attend a luncheon meeting. The surgery that left a 72-year-old man in a vegetative state may have involved negligence, according to the lawsuit. According to an unnamed source who contacted the family one year after the procedure took place, the doctor, a cardiac surgeon, left the man on the operating table without closing the man's chest cavity. The surgeon left this to the physician's assistant, who was not qualified to finish the procedure. The state health department was reviewing the incident, the caller said, but neither the doctor nor the patient's name was made public.
South Carolina residents may want to know about a potential medical risk that has been largely unreported. Surgeries involving complex surgical techniques such as robotic surgery systems have led to severe injuries for some patients. Although the Food and Drug Administration operates a database of deaths and injuries that have occurred during surgery, doctors and hospitals often don't contribute to it.
Surgeries in South Carolina, while remaining safe in many cases, carry a significant risk, even for procedures that are commonplace. A patient might have a problem with the anesthesia, or a tiny nick from the surgeon's scalpel could endanger the patient's life. Every patient has a unique combination of factors that can negatively influence a surgery. Doctor errors, negligence and mistakes can also cause permanent disability or death.
South Carolina patients will be interested to know that a recent report revealed that many medical errors have gone unreported by doctors who are aware of another doctor's medical malpractice. Despite the code of ethics that mandates medical error disclosure, many patients have been released from hospitals without being informed about their impending health danger.
South Carolina parents whose children have suffered injuries or died due to medical malpractice may be interested to learn that one parent is working as an advocate for new legislation called Leah's Law. The law, named after the woman's daughter who died after suffering respiratory arrest caused by the medicine provided by the hospital, would require that all hospitals monitor their patients' breathing electronically after every surgical procedure.
A new study of patients at risk for heart attacks shows that the so-called "July effect," once thought to be nothing more than urban legend, may actually exist in hospitals in South Carolina and nationwide. The phenomenon dictates that the month of July, typically the month when new medical school graduates take positions on teaching-hospital floors, can be deadlier than any other month of the year.