Top five medical blunders that could happen during surgery
SEE ALSO :Laser Pioneers win Nobel Physics PrizeIt then causes blockage in the lungs due to cut-off of blood supply to the major body organs which may lead to death. These air bubbles travel to the patient’s brain, heart or lungs and may cause a heart attack, stroke, or respiratory failure. Air bubbles are rather rare. Operation on the wrong body part Doctors operating on the wrong body parts such as amputating the wrong appendage or removing the wrong organs are some of the common surgical mistakes.
SEE ALSO :Obado moved to KNH general wardSuch surgical errors still occur even with precautions, such as physically marking the body before surgery. In some instances a patient's chart is incorrect or a surgeon may miss some details, or surgical draping obscures marks that indicate the correct area to be operated on. Waking up during surgery An under-dose of anesthesia may lead to a patient waking up during surgery. According to the study published in the journal Anaesthesia in which researchers surveyed more than 3 million patients who received general anesthesia in the United Kingdom and Ireland roughly one in 19,600 patients "accidentally" wakes up during surgery.
SEE ALSO :Woman held after attacking KNH nurseThis may cause devastating psychological effects on patients who wake up during the operation as they feel pain in every poke and cut. Surgical souvenirs Surgical tools get left inside the body when surgical staff miscount equipment used on a patient during an operation. Sponges, gloves, scalpels, scissors, towels, needles are among surgical equipment that could be left inside the patient’s body. Retained surgical instruments in the body after a surgery can cause a number of serious health issues and may even lead to death. This is a mistake that could be avoided with the implementation of extra safety precautions. Some patients may opt to have less invasive surgical procedures such as laparoscopy, an operation in the abdomen or pelvis through small incisions with the aid of a camera, whenever possible