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Do surgeons disclose everything that happened during surgery?

Having to have surgery in New Mexico is often a stressful situation. Most people are nervous about the procedure and worry about what may happen when he or she is under anesthesia. This may make you wonder if your doctor is going to be completely honest with you about everything that happens during your surgery. Knowing that your doctor will tell you what happened can greatly reduce your worry and stress.

According to CBS News, there is no strict law or rule that says surgeons must disclose everything that happens during surgery, but there are recommendations that they should do so. Many believe that being completely honest, even if it makes the doctor look bad, is essential to building a good patient-doctor relationship. Furthermore, it helps to increase the trust between patients and the healthcare system. Transparency can make you feel more at ease because you know nothing is being hidden from you.

Inexperienced physicians and mistakes

In a medical setting, mistakes happen for all sorts of reasons and even the most caring medical professionals may make an error. However, these mistakes can be incredibly disastrous for patients who are harmed and make life very tough for their families also. There are times when a physician may be even more likely to make an error, such as someone who does not have very much experience. Whether someone is performing a surgical operation that they do not have much familiarity with or a doctor simply has not worked with many patients in their brief career, inexperience can increase the probability of devastating errors.

Sometimes, these mistakes result in the loss of a patient's life. When this happens, the loved ones of a patient who passed away should immediately examine all of the details surrounding the death and identify the proper course of action (filing a lawsuit may be necessary). Even when patients survive doctor errors, their lives can be turned upside down in all sorts of ways. From a worsened condition to a disability that never should have shattered someone's life, these mistakes and the consequences that come with an injury cannot be ignored.

Study: Doctor burnout leads to medical errors

Doctors have incredibly stressful jobs. Every day, they see patients and need to figure out what is wrong – if anything – and what the best course of action for treatment is. Needless to say, doing this day-in and day-out can lead to a high degree of burnout among physicians. And when this happens, the patients also suffer.

Misdiagnosed Sepsis Can Turn Deadly

We have handled many, many sepsis cases

The worst thing any parent can picture is losing their child to a medical misdiagnosis. For one family though, this is exactly what happened after their 12-year-old daughter died after an urgent care facility misdiagnosed her with the flu. Just days after this misdiagnosis, the girl passed away due not to influenza – but to sepsis.

Surgical errors are an ongoing problem

When a person in New Mexico is told that they must undergo an operation, it is reasonable for that person to be concerned about their safety before, during and after the procedure. As with any course of treatment, there are generally risks associated with surgeries. However, in addition to what some may consider reasonable and understandable risks, there is also the potential that an error may be made.

As explained by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, there are three types of surgical errors that are so grievous that they are called never events in the medical world. This term is used because they truly should never happen, yet they do. One of these is when a surgeon performs the wrong operation on the patient. A second one is when the correct operation is performed but on the wrong patient. The third never event involves both the correct procedure and the correct patient but the wrong location. An example of this would be the removal of the left kidney instead of the right kidney.

Prescription drugs and wrongful death

Losing someone you love is never easy, but certain losses can be especially traumatic. For example, someone who loses a spouse, child or some other family member because of a medical professional's error may be devastated to know that the death was completely avoidable. Far too many people have passed away too soon as a result of medical professional negligence and there are all sorts of ways in which these errors transpire. In this post, we will look into wrongdoing involving prescription medication and some of the pain that this has caused families across New Mexico.

Some prescription drugs can be extremely dangerous and negligent medical professionals may fail to respect how powerful these drugs can be. Whether a patient is prescribed the wrong type of drug, too much of a certain drug or a drug that interacts with another prescription they are taking, fatal errors involving prescription medication take various forms. Some people may lose their lives after struggling with an addiction to opioid medication that they never should have been prescribed in the first place, while others may pass away after taking a newer drug that has not been on the market for very long.

How long can it take for brain injury symptoms to appear?

We have covered many different considerations regarding brain injuries on this blog, from the consequences that victims may have to suffer through to some of the different ways in which people sustain brain injuries in hospitals. Unfortunately, some people may not realize that brain injury symptoms are not always evident right away. In fact, it can take quite a while for these consequences to appear, which can be difficult for different reasons. If you suspect that your brain was injured due to another person's negligence, it is important to look into the issue regardless of whether you notice any symptoms right away.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that some brain injury symptoms may not show up until days or even months after someone sustained brain trauma. Sometimes, people who have suffered a brain injury appear to be acting normal, even though they do not feel the same. This can be especially difficult when it comes to brain injuries involving children and family members as well as medical professionals may fail to notice symptoms.

Understanding shoulder dystocia

We all like to think that everything will go fine during the delivery of a child. However, things can go wrong. And when they do, it’s important to understand what happened.

In this post we are going to focus on shoulder dystocia – a medical complication that can occur during birth -- and what the long-term impact can be.

Doctors missing heart attack symptoms

Many people think that a heart attack is something that just suddenly happens. One second the person is fine, but the next they are clutching their chest and falling to the floor.

This is rarely the case and many people exhibit signs of a heart attack weeks before having one. The problem is that many people go to the ER or doctor and their symptoms and signs of a heart attack are ignored until it’s too late, especially when it comes to women.

Why should you bring someone with you to a doctor's appointment?

When you are planning to visit your doctor in New Mexico, chances are you have previously done your research to find a health care provider that you trust and are comfortable working with. However, this does not adequately protect you from the mistakes that can sometimes happen when a doctor sees multiple patients each day or is fatigued or has received miscommunication. Fortunately, one of the ways that you can better protect yourself is to have someone you know and trust accompany you to your doctor's appointment. 

This common suggestion has many benefits that can provide you with comfort, protection and confidence. According to Reader's Digest, some of the reasons why taking someone with you can be so advantageous include the following:

  • You may be able to rely on someone else to do the talking when you are embarrassed or not confident enough to disclose your symptoms to your doctor. The person you choose to accompany you may be able to help you relay difficult information in a way that is organized and clear. 
  • You can have the support of having someone you trust and love to help you receive difficult, frustrating or confusing information when you are diagnosed or given information about treatment options. 
  • You can have the assistance of someone else to help you keep records and write down important information about your treatment. After leaving the doctor, this person can help keep you accountable to make sure you have followed through with the requirements your doctor gave you for recovery. 

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