When you enter the operating room to have a procedure performed, you place your life in the capable hands of the well-trained and experienced surgical staff. Upon leaving the OR, however, you may be unknowingly taking home a souvenir from your operation. Surprisingly, medical instruments, such as surgical gauze, forceps and other equipment, have been left behind in patients’ surgical sites. It is only when the patient experiences severe pain after the surgery that medical professionals may discover the object that has been stitched up within the patient.
People who visit an outpatient clinic or emergency room in New York assume that they will be evaluated, diagnosed and treated by competent medical professionals. Sadly, this is not always the case. A surprising number of people in the United States leave the doctor’s office as victims of medical error. Medical misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose a patient is more common that people might think. Researchers found that approximately 12 million people across the country are misdiagnosed by physicians each year. The study, which was published in BMJ Quality and Safety also reported that in half of those cases, patients were harmed as a result of the misdiagnosis.
When people in the medical field are talking to each other, it can sound like they are speaking a different language to the rest of the people around them. Considering how complex medicine is, it should be expected that doctors speak and understand things on a much different level than patients.