Cases of medical malpractices have raised their ugly head quite often in last few years. We are all aware of the common malpractice cases. Birth injuries, pregnancy issues, mental health, paralysis due to wrong medications are few cases that have occurred repeatedly over a long period of time.
However, malpractice cases have broken these barriers and caused harm to patients suffering from other commonly unknown diseases or disorders. We thought of listing some lesser known examples of medical malpractices and hence have come up with some examples that will broaden your perspective about the gravity of the incident.
When anesthesia is administered, and the patient develops certain reaction to it or the supply is inappropriate to his body requirements. Patients may suffer from side effects. If the oxygen supply is insufficient and it falls short during a surgery, then the patient can suffer cardiac arrest.
A patient is allowed to walk or carry on with regular activities in spite of complaining of pain in bones and without complete check-up of the same. The patient may cause complete damage to the bones by over-stressing it. Alternatively, a doctor may fix the bones of the patients in an inappropriate manner, causing permanent disability or injury to the bone.
After a surgery or a treatment, the patient is not allowed to take food orally, instead is required to be fed by tubes. However, if the doctors fail to convey the same message to the nurses or patient’s family members, it may lead to injury of the nervous system or brain.
Drug reaction is caused when the patient is given a wrong medicine. Drug reactions can cause permanent damage to the immunity system of the patient. Wrong drug may be a result of wrong diagnosis or recklessness in writing the names of medicines.
A patient may suffer from infections if surgeries or treatments are performed under unhygienic conditions. Infections occur due to exposure of wounds to bacteria in the atmosphere. Infections can lead to development of new diseases, damage to organs and weakened immunity.
Following the doctor’s failure to control diabetes or cater to the deficiencies in potassium, the patient may suffer from lifelong damage or death.
A doctor suggests surgeries without full consideration of the patient’s health. Unnecessary surgeries complicate the health of the patient and induce diseases and disorders. Often, it leads to brain damage or damage of the nervous system due to unnecessary administration of medicines.
A doctor misinterprets the signs and fails to diagnose cancer in a patient. Doctors may ignore the symptoms thinking it to be some other disease. Delay in recognizing and treating cancer may aggravate the condition from where it is difficult to restore the health.
At times, small children and the elderly who are under the care of nursing home staff endure abuse at hands of the staff members. Abuse may be physiological, psychological, emotional, etc. Such abuse may put the patients in trauma and deteriorate the condition further. Medicines do not have much of an effect on patients with traumatic minds. Hence, patients suffer more due to abuse.
The doctor fails to perform a thorough inspection and suggests treatments that are inadequate to cure the impact of the burns. Also, exposure of wounds may cause infections. Besides, pain and infection caused due to insufficient treatment, the patient goes through the trauma of losing his aesthetics.
Body samples are sent to laboratories for evaluation. However, the pathologists fail to interpret the conditions and draw analysis of the condition. Any misinterpretation of symptoms can lead to misdiagnosis of the diseases and lead to wrong medication.
Childbirth is one of the leading instances of medical malpractice. There are several complications that arise during child birth. Hence, doctors need to be cautious about how things can go wrong and what needs to be done to prevent it. Lack of oxygen supply or catching infections are major complications.
These examples of medical malpractices will help you understand the instances where things have resulted in poor health-care. Medical malpractices can be reduced only when both doctors and patients understand their responsibilities and take their health seriously.