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1, Jul 12, 2010

Shattering the Myth of Trust, Taking Care of Ourselves (5)

Filed under: Medical Accident — admin @ 12:53 am

This is again from reading Internal Bleeding: The Truth Behind America’s Terrifying Epidemic of Medical Mistakes, by Robert Wacher and Kaveh Shojania. When I read the chapter “Did we forget something?” I found myself an utterly disbeliever over the description of a medical accident happened in mid 2002 — a retractor, 12 x 2 inches in dimension, left in patient’s abdomen after a surgery at Regina General Hospital. p. 135.

Then I went online to confirm the story. When I searched “retractor left in patient’s abdomen,” about 495,000 results came back in 0.38 seconds. Headed the list is “UPMC Patient Finds Retractor In Abdomen Month After Surgery –” This happened in 2008. “CT Scan Finds Device Inside Patient After Surgery,” reported by Marty Griffin, Feb 11, 2008 6:58 pm US/Eastern, Pittsburgh (KDKA) ― A CT scan taken of 57-year-old Daryoush Mazarei a month after his surgery showed a metal surgical retractor in his lower abdomen — a medical mistake even doctors call bizarre. A retractor is a 10-inch pair of tweezers used to pull back skin or hold something in place. The surgeon is supposed to hold onto it the entire time it’s in use.

As I continued with the reading, I realized “leaving a sponge or tool behind” inside the patients’ body happen more frequently than I used to think, making me wondering if patients have to take an x-ray to confirm nothing has been left behind after a surgery. How else can patients protect themselves against this kind of medical mistakes?

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