In a study with implications for doctors and patients in South Carolina, data collected on nearly 2 million hospital admissions conducted by the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg found that those who left a medical facility too soon more than doubled the risk of complications or death. Just over one percent of patients left before they were given permission to do so by their doctors; those patients were 2.5 times more likely to die within 90 days and were also readmitted at three times the standard rate in the 30 days after they left.
Medical consumers in South Carolina will be concerned to learn that, according to Institute for Safe Medication Practices, many hospitals don't have policies in place regarding the safe use of syringes. Reusing contaminated syringes is one of the major causes of the spread of Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B and HIV in medical environments. This hospital negligence is a form of medical malpractice that can gravely harm patients.
Common opinion is that technology and computerized equipment can minimize human error and increase the performance of medical professionals in hospitals around the globe. Yet, one study has found that even technological tools lead to medical errors, and they actually do so at a much higher rate than previously thought.
When clinicians fail to follow sanitary procedures, they may place the health of their patients at risk. Some cases of patient injury may alarm residents of South Carolina, but knowledge of these types of hospital neglect can help in the identification of cases of medical malpractice. According to a team leader at the CDC Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, cases of infectious disease spread through unsafe injection practices are not as uncommon as once thought.
Patients and physicians in South Carolina might take a lesson from a case involving misdiagnosis of death and an aborted organ removal. In 2009, a woman woke on the operating table in another state just prior to an organ donation. The woman had been diagnosed with irreversible brain damage and taken off life support with the consent of her family. They also provided consent for the organ harvest procedure. According to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report later brought to light, the woman "did not have irreversible brain damage [and] did not meet criteria for withdrawal of care."
A study of gall bladder surgeries at a large hospital in a major U.S. city performed over an 8-month stretch identified 22 patients with a total of 35 complications. Eighteen of the 22 were undergoing emergency surgery. More than 90 percent of night-time procedures were emergencies. Surgeries after 7 p.m. and those on older male patients were linked to increased risk of complications.
As some South Carolina readers may be aware, robotic surgery has been steadily growing in popularity. As the number of robotic surgeries increases, so does the potential for surgical errors, according to some critics. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has received reports of problems with several different types of robotic surgeries, including cuts, infections and burns. There have been 89 deaths reported since 2007.
South Carolina individuals who are considering cosmetic surgery may be interested in the case of an Oklahoma man who is suing for a nose job nightmare. A 35-year-old man is seeking damages against his surgeon for an unknown amount after numerous surgical errors caused his nose to become deformed.
A 76-year-old man who went into a well-known hospital to have a kidney removed came out of the surgery with one less body part; however, it was the wrong one. Although it is not clear what happened in the surgery, what is clear is that a physician took the wrong kidney out of the man. Medical errors can occur anywhere, including South Carolina.