Ask any trucker who drives on I-10 in and out of New Orleans and they will tell you that drowsy drivers are dangerous drivers. Research shows that fatigue slows reflexes, diminishes judgment and sometimes blurs vision.
Louisiana medical patients no doubt understand there is a certain amount of risk involved in any type of medical procedure. However, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals are obligated to keep patients as safe as possible when providing care and treatment. One can imagine how horrific it would be to undergo an operation in the obvious hope of resolving a medical problem, only to suffer even more when surgical errors occur.
Substandard medical care can have tragic consequences for victims. In Louisiana and beyond, medical patients are often injured, made ill or even killed due to hospital negligence, surgical errors and other forms of inadequate care. Sadly, a family in another state experienced the latter when a young surgical assistant became a patient at the hospital where she worked.
A family outside Louisiana made a recent discovery regarding a tragedy that occurred several years ago. In 2011, their 77-year-old man underwent heart surgery, but did not survive. A local newspaper from the family's town apparently contacted the man's family with startling information that led to their wrongful death claim for surgical errors against the doctor who had operated on their loved one.
National guidelines recommending full disclosure of medical mistakes suggest that every patient has the right to know when something doesn't go as planned during surgery. Surgical errors often result in serious injuries or death in hospitals throughout the nation. Louisiana patients may be interested in the results of a recent survey that indicates the majority of participants only follow approximately five out of eight national recommendations.
Although surgeries occur in medical facilities throughout the nation on a daily basis, there is no such thing as a typical operation. In Louisiana and elsewhere, any patient undergoing a surgical procedure takes on an inherent risk. However, patients may reasonably assume that doctors, nurses and other staff members will act with caution to prevent surgical errors and other mishaps that could result in serious injuries to patients.
Medical errors including Medical Malpractice have been cited by researchers as the third leading cause of death in the United States behind heart disease and cancer. The study was performed by researchers in the Department of Surgery at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The researchers estimated that 250,000 fatalaties in 2013 were caused by medical mistakes. ABC World News Tonight and the CBS Evening News both reported on this study. Researchers were quoted by reporters stating that such mistakes "shouldn't happen in a sound health care system" and that "patients can only do so much" to defend themselves.
Undergoing surgery in a Louisiana hospital (or, any other hospital in the nation, for that matter) requires a certain amount of trust between patient and surgeon. Any type of surgery contains inherent risks to a patient; although, some procedures are obviously more complicated than others. Surgical errors continue to be problematic in many hospitals, causing patients to suffer serious injuries or death.
There is a certain amount of risk inherent in any type of surgical procedure. Doctors, nurses and other medical staff members are obligated to adhere to strict protocol and accepted standards in order to protect the safety of patients inasmuch as it is reasonably possible. In Louisiana and other hospitals throughout the nation, patients continue to suffer often devastating injuries due to surgical errors that in many cases could have been prevented.
A Terrebonne Parish couple who are plaintiffs in medical malpractice litigation against a Houma surgeon will get their day in court at a hearing in January before the state Supreme Court.