Friday, October 30, 2015

Pretty scary--in time for Halloween

Medical errors during surgery--some creepy news here. A new study shows that a mistake may be made in half of all operations.

This from a paper presented at the recent Anesthesiology 2015 conference.

The study ran over 2013 and 2014 and focused on drug errors during surgeries--drug labeling,  incorrect dosing, drug documentation mistakes, and failing to note changes in vital signs. Supposedly this is the first large-scale look at this.

An adverse drug event was found in 124 of 277 surgeries.  Two-thirds were seen as "serious." Two percent were life-threatening.

The researchers found the results disturbing but not surprising--meaning they expected screwups in a large number of cases.

Good thing patients are asleep. I had three major eye surgeries--you have to be conscious for those, but they knock you out for 10 minutes to stick needles in your eye. Then you wake up. When they started on cut on my first one, I felt it and went...ahhhh and ZAP! I was knocked out again for another dose.

This is why I recommend avoiding cutting into yourself if you possibly can. Once you mess with the goo, it's never the same. It can be better, can be worse, but it's not the same.

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