Essay about An Article About An Air Force Veteran

751 Words Jan 20th, 2016 4 Pages
If you thought our hospitals are one of the safest places you could be, think again. I am positive that we in the medical community have read about at least one unbelievable medical mistake, which has actually happened to many unfortunate patients. While you might think that these are isolated incidents, this is far from the truth; for example, I read about an Air Force veteran has filed a federal claim for $200,000 for monetary compensation after an operation at a Veterans Administration hospital in which a he lost a cancer-free testicle which was removed instead of a potentially cancerous one as a result of a surgical error. However, the surgeons negligently removed his healthy right testicle instead. He had his left testicle removed June 14 at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center because there was a chance it could harbor cancer cells. It also was atrophied and painful.
This mishap and other various mishaps could have been prevented just by following some steps. I read an article that discussed the steps and how the Joint Commission is involved to slow down on some the mistakes that happen during a patient’s outpatient and or inpatient surgery. These following steps could be used as a preventive measure and they are integrity of patient data, accuracy in surgical site marking, and site verification in pre-op. Changing surgeon behavior is challenging, acknowledges Rudy R. Manthei, DO, chief operating officer at Seven Hills Surgery Center in Henderson, NV. "One of the…

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