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.
The use of surgical robots in South Carolina hospitals has increased over the years as doctors have discovered that the devices allow them to be more precise and make fewer incisions than with conventional surgical procedures. The publication of a study linking malfunctions of the devices to surgical errors has raised concerns about the safety of robotic surgery.
South Carolina parents may be interested in the outcome of an incident involving a young girl who was reportedly over-medicated at a dentist's office. The girl passed away on Jan. 3 at Hospice Hawaii, one month after she went to a pediatric dentist for six cavity fillings and four root canals on Dec. 3.
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.