We all make mistakes. But it is important to learn from all of your errors. However, when a doctor, nurse or medical technician makes a mistake, it can cost a person their life. Countless patients throughout South Florida are the victim’s major medical errors that have left them permanently injured, disfigured or even dead. Many of these medical mistakes and how to correct them have made a huge impact on the healthcare industry. Learning how to prevent these errors can also help medical professionals, hospitals and healthcare providers avoid a medical malpractice lawsuit. Here are some of the biggest medical mistakes that have changed the healthcare industry.
When undergoing any type of medical procedure, every patient must be administered anesthesia. Although it is not considered a highly complicated process, it is not unusual for error to occur. These mistakes can often prove to be fatal. The application and monitoring of anesthesia can often make the difference between a successful or botched medical procedure. Improper administration of anesthesia is one of the most common types of medical malpractices. One of most common errors doctor and anesthesiologists make is placing the endotracheal tube into the esophagus instead of the trachea. These mistakes have led to improvements, such as the creation of more sophisticated equipment to measure carbon dioxide levels, which are higher in the trachea than the esophagus. Not only has it saved lives, it has also prevent more cases of brain damage.
Timing is often everything when trying to save a person’s life. When a person has been critically injured in an accident, each second is precious. Highly trained trauma unit workers play a huge role helping accident victims get immediate access to hospitalization and medical care. New advances in technology are helping paramedics and emergency response workers get to victims to faster and transferring them to the nearest hospital, where they can get the best possible care.
Fetal Heart Monitoring
Despite the high standard of healthcare in the United States, infant mortality remains a problem. In the past, improper fetal heart monitoring has contributed to countless cases of brain injuries in infants and cerebral palsy. Due to these mistakes, new innovative techniques have been developed to properly monitor both uterine contractions and fetal heart rate. The results are healthier babies being born and a lowering of infant mortality rates.
Perhaps the most disturbing cases of medical malpractice in South Florida involve the removal of the wrong body part. The results can leave a person permanently injured and disfigured. Wrongful amputations can happen due to several reasons. One of the most common is when an x-ray technician mislabels the image of a person’s limbs, such as mixing the left and the right. As a result, the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations(JCAHO) has developed new protocols to help verify the amputation procedures are completed properly.
Are You the Victim of Medical Malpractice? Cooper City Personal Injury Attorney Bradley S. Hartman Can Help
We all trust our doctors and nurses to provide the best possible quality of care. Unfortunately, mistakes can happen. If you have suffered health problems due to a botched medical procedure, you are entitled to seek damages for medical malpractice. For more than 30 years, the Cooper City personal injury Law Offices of Bradley S. Hartman has successfully represented accident victims by protecting their rights and always looking after their best interest. Their legal team utilizes a personable and comprehensive approach to help place each client in the best position to succeed. To learn more, contact their law office today and schedule a free initial consultation to discuss your case.