I have touched on the subject of hospital-acquired errors in recent blog posts, because quite frankly, I believe America has bred some of the most talented and capable physician service providers, who are better than this. It has become a fact that many people who are need of patient care, fear what could happen during a hospital stay, as much if not more, than their illness or injury requiring treatment.
CNN’s recent article “Patients, beware of wrong-side surgeries,” painted an up-close-and-personal experience, that turned a child needing a simple surgery into a medical error victim.
In a nutshell, this three-year-old boy needed corrective surgery on a lazy eye, which was a seemingly “straightforward” procedure. The physician service provider would have perfected the surgery, if only she had operated on the lazy eye.
In this case, the surgeon told the child’s parent, “Frankly, I lost my sense of direction, and by the time I realized it was the left eye, I was almost done.” This comment enraged the parents even more, because she was defensive in her explanation, rather than apologetic.
It takes serious lack of attention for doctors to make such avoidable and damaging mistakes while in the operating room; carelessness is a luxury healthcare providers gave up, when they make the career choice to heal.
Physicians who have excellent reputations are the ones who earn them. And medical errors do not happen to all doctors. I believe those who understand the seriousness of their responsibilities as practicing medical professionals, are the ones who work with diligence and precision at any given moment, knowing they have another human being’s life in their hands.