Unless you're the recipient of an organ transplant or a pacemaker, you likely left the operating room expecting to have something repaired or removed. You probably didn't anticipate leaving with something extra and unsuspected. Yet for thousands of patients every year, this is the reality. Surgeons and their assistants fail to follow basic established protocols and carelessly leave foreign objects inside a patient's body following an operation.
The fact that you even have to consider preventing a medication error on your own indicates a real problem in the medical industry. You should be able to trust that the medical personnel (doctors, nurses and others) have your best interests in mind and will diligently work to make sure that an error of any kind doesn't happen.
After not feeling right for a few weeks, your doctor still couldn't find a reason why. You endured numerous diagnoses and treatments that ended up not being right. You began to insist that your doctor conduct more tests to figure out what was wrong with you.
When you are suffering from an illness or injury, sometimes there are a number of treatment options available. Other times, the choice may be between only two methods, or perhaps there's only one available medical procedure, operation or medication to address your issue. Maybe the first option has a higher likelihood of success while the second is less painful, or perhaps a medication may be highly effective but could have side effects that you would find unbearable. The point is that you, the patient, should be the one to decide.
If a doctor has recently diagnosed you with a serious condition or illness, you may be feeling any of a variety of emotions: fear, worry, trepidation, anxiety and more. However, before you become too overwhelmed or begin any expensive and intrusive treatments, you may want to consider seeking a second opinion.
Do you remember going out to dinner with someone and beginning an intense conversation? Perhaps you had something important to tell, or you finally felt comfortable enough to share something personal. However, just as you were feeling a connection, the other person pulled out a cellphone and proceeded to scroll.
Many Indiana residents may have a fear of undergoing surgery. The reasons behind these apprehensions can vary from person to person, but the possibility of mistakes made during procedures often act as a leading cause. You certainly have the right to feel hesitant toward operations as many people do suffer negative effects from medical malpractice.
Many would say that the unsung heroes in the medical field are nurses. They tend to spend the most time with their patients. If you spend any significant amount of time in a hospital, you could get to know fairly well the nurses who care for you.
Diagnosing an illness is not an easy task for any doctor. There are thousands of possible diseases, and even with advancements in medical technology, doctor still rely on a relatively small sample of symptoms to make their diagnoses. However, a recent study says that 20% of patients who turned to a second opinion following a serious diagnosis had been substantially misdiagnosed in the first place.