These days, the majority of doctors and medical workers in Oregon and across the United States are highly trained and skilled professionals who make patient safety a top priority. When patients seek medical treatment or undergo a procedure, they place their trust in the hands of these individuals. Despite advancements in technology and training, medical malpractice continues to occur at an alarming rate. A patient in another state recently died due to alleged negligence, and a grieving mother has filed a lawsuit.
The number of mistakes made during surgeries has prompted patients here in Oregon and elsewhere to take drastic measures to help ensure that their procedures go well. Patients are taking more time to ask questions and to choose the surgeon that makes them most comfortable, and many are writing on themselves to identify the body part that requires surgery. Many of these extra measures taken by patients are the result of hearing nightmare stories regarding anesthesiology and surgical errors.
One of the primary risks associated with nearly every operation is the risk of infection. Monitoring a patient after a surgical procedure is crucial in order to eliminate this risk, or at least identify an infection early so that it can be dealt with and not cause any additional harm to the patient. Post-surgical errors that fail to protect an Oregon patient from debilitating infections could cause severe injuries or even death.
When an Oregon woman is pregnant, she and her unborn child are both entitled to medical care that meets or exceeds current standards. Obstetricians have not just one, but two lives in their hands. When obstetrical malpractice occurs, it could result in the permanent injury or death of the child, the mother or both.
Some Oregon residents know that not all medical malpractice lawsuits go as planned. When people suffer from surgical errors and seek restitution for them through a lawsuit, they hope that everyone involved, including the judge and attorneys, will be professional. However, on occasion, mistakes are made, which often prompts one of the parties to file an appeal.
Surgical procedures are performed here in Oregon nearly every day with successful results. However, many patients experience issues in the days, weeks and even months following a procedure that they might not associate with the surgery right away. Identifying that surgical errors are responsible could be complex.
Nearly every Oregon resident has heard horror stories about a surgeon operating on the wrong organ. It can be easy to dismiss these surgical errors as myths, but for the patients who have been through it, they are very real. Patients have ended up with serious, permanent and debilitating injuries -- if they survived at all.
Any Oregon resident who has watched a television show or movie involving a surgical procedure has seen the blue towels that they drape over patients. These towels are not the same ones that are used internally on patients during surgical procedures, which most people know more commonly as sponges. Despite the fact that these blue towels are not ordinarily used inside a patient during a procedure, that is what was found inside a man in another state who claims he was the victim of surgical errors.
Unfortunately, not every patient checking into an Oregon hospital for a surgical procedure leaves alive. Some of them die of surgical complications that fall within the risks of the procedure and/or natural causes. Others, however, die due to surgical errors.
Orthopedics is the medical discipline that deals with correcting skeletal injuries and deformities. Patients of Oregon orthopedic surgeons suffer from a variety of maladies caused by car accidents, sports injuries and degenerative diseases, among others. These surgeons can, in many cases, change the lives of their patients. The same is true if surgical errors occur -- except the changes are serious and/or debilitating injuries.