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The nationwide problem of surgical errors

There is often nothing scarier than going into a major surgery. Even when the procedure is small, knowing that one is placing complete trust in the hands of medical professionals can be a stressful aspect all on its own. Many Louisiana patients may wonder: how common are surgical mistakes, and is there any way to reduce the chances of an error? 

Falls, medications and infections in medical errors

Louisiana residents who have heard reports about serious medical errors might wonder what types of things occur so that they know what to watch for when they themselves are patients or when their family members need medical care. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has indicated that at least 720,000 people every year develop infections when staying in hospitals. That is on top of the estimated 440,000 fatalities every year that are said to be linked to medical mistakes.

Why do I need a second opinion?

If you or someone close to you has been experiencing health problems in Louisiana, it is always important to remember that it is the patient's right to be informed and understand all diagnoses and treatment recommendations. In some situations, a doctor may tell a patient that there is nothing wrong with them despite the fact that the person knows something is not right. In other cases, a doctor may make a diagnoses and suggest treatment but the patient may not feel completely comfortable with the information.

Battle continues over video camera use

In today's society, it is not an uncommon experience to have to figure out how to provide care for an aging parent or other elderly relative. Many Louisiana families struggle with not only how to ensure their loved ones are properly cared for but are also safe. Too many instances of elder abuse or neglect have happened in the very facilities tasked with caring for and protecting older people.

Do surgeons really leave items inside patients?

Scissors, towels, clamps, tweezers, masks and gloves—what do all of these things have in common? They are among the objects that get left inside patients during surgery across Louisiana and the U.S., according to ThoughtCo. How often does this happen? Between 4,500 and 6,000 times a year.

Lawsuit against drug company to continue

Louisiana residents who have to use prescription medications have reason to be concerned about the safety of these drugs. Certainly a defective drug, an incorrect dose or a negative drug interaction can cause serious injury or even death. However, these are not the only things about which people must be concerned these days it seems.

What should you know about anesthesia allergies?

As you prepare for your surgery, you'll likely be reading all about anesthesia and how it's crucial to most operations. But what do you do if you have an allergy to anesthesia? How exactly does this manifest, and how do doctors handle the situation?

How dangerous is transvaginal mesh?

If you are a Louisiana female who suffered from pelvic organ prolapse and underwent surgery to correct that condition, your surgeon may have implanted transvaginal mesh as part of your surgical procedure. Women’s Health notes that transvaginal mesh has commonly been used in pelvic organ prolapse surgeries because it is strong and supports your tissues and organs after surgery.

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