We often write about the disasters that can occur and the mistakes that can be made in the emergency room. Emergency rooms are hectic and physicians and staff do not always take the time to gather the required information about a patient before acting.
In September, we wrote several posts about the dangers patients face when they hire an unqualified cosmetic surgeon. People do not always realize that there is a difference between plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery, or that cosmetic surgery is increasingly being practiced by doctors who trained in unrelated fields.
There are many things that can go wrong during a routine surgery, but few people recognize the threat of a surgical fire. Unsuspecting patients may wake up from anesthesia to discover that they have been horrifically scarred by burns from a fire in the operating room.
Medication errors in the home can be dangerous, especially for children. Many medications have few distinguishing characteristics and it may be easy for children to mistake them for candy. In fact, adults can make that mistake too.
Earlier this week, we wrote that an increasing number of hospitals in Ohio and elsewhere are turning to a practice called teleradiology. In smaller facilities and more rural areas, it may be too expensive to keep a radiologist on site all the time (if at all).
Chances are good that your medical care has included radiology at some point. When you get a CT scan, an MRI, an X-ray or a host of similar tests, these images are interpreted by a radiologist - a physician with the training and keen eye to catch anomalies and potential problems.
We have previously written that patients need to be their own best advocates when it comes to choosing quality medical care. While medical malpractice can occur anywhere, mistakes happen much more frequently in some facilities than in others.