If you watch Grey’s Anatomy or ER or any other medical drama, you see that a lot of the intense drama is written to occur in the operating room. This is because the operating room is a place where a lot could go wrong. This is why the best Technology in the Operating Room is always used in order to prevent accidents, mistakes, physician errors, and a lot of times, the death of a patient. There are many errors that can occur in an operating room and things that could go wrong. Let’s discuss some of the things that could go wrong in the operating room
Anesthesia Errors in the Operating Room
Anesthesia is administered anytime a serious operation takes place and unfortunately, it is the cause of a lot of errors and mishaps in the operating room. Putting someone under anesthesia is one of the most dangerous aspects of an operation as they could not come out of it and never wake up. Scary I know. If an anesthesiologist fails to take into account a patient’s medical history or if the patient eats or drinks or takes alcohol right before the operation that could clash with the anestesia, it can lead to deadly consequences.
The anesthesiologist (the person who administers anesthesia) could also administer the wrong amount of anesthesia – or too much or too little and this is also bad and could lead to bad consequences like the patient waking up during the operation while their body is still cut open.
Also during the operation, the anesthesiologist has to monitor the the patient’s vitals, a failure to do this can lead to them missing something important. In order to monitor the patient’s vitals closely, the operating room has to have the right equipment. Even the smallest mistakes made regarding anesthesia can have lifelong consequences. This is why it is important to have technology in the operating room.
In summary, the most common errors made when administering anesthesia are:
- Administering too much anesthesia, which can result in lack of oxygen, brain damage, and possibly death
- Administering too little anesthesia, which can result in the patient waking up during surgery
- Administering the incorrect anesthesia drug
- Failing to properly monitor all of the patient’s vital signs during the procedure
- Using faulty medical equipment and devices that were not tested beforehand
Potential injuries that could come from an anestesia error in the operating room are:
- Blurred vision
- Brain damage
- Heart arrhythmia
- Heart attack
- Respiratory problems
- Blood clots
- Nerve damage
Surgical Technique Errors
When a surgeon uses a less than standard surgical technique it could lead to fatal errors in the operating room. For example, if a surgeon uses his tools carelessly it could lead to a punctured organ or severe internal bleeding. If the right type of tools are not used or if unclean tools are used, it could also lead to in infection developing after the surgery.
In some cases even, a doctor could forget an instrument or debris or cotton wool inside the patient and then stitch them up. There are other instances where the wrong part of the body is opened for the surgery and in extreme cases, the wrong surgery is performed on a person. There was once a situation where brain surgery was performed on a patient and they only realized what had happened after the had already cut the patients head open.
So studies have shown that medication errors tend to occur more frequently with patients who have undergone surgery. Many patients are required to take a number of drugs before and after a surgery. They need a number of drugs such is sedatives, antibiotics and blood thinners for example. Some type of errors that could occur is healthcare providers administering the wrong dosage of medication, the wrong medication or administering different medications that don’t work well together.
Failure to Treat Complications
A lot of times, in the medical scene, a minute could mean the difference between life and death for a patient. When complications arise (is a lot of times they a inevitable) how the doctor reacts could lead to it being solved on time or the complication leading to much bigger issues. If a healthcare professional or doctor or nurse, does not react in a timely matter to properly combat the problem that arose, it could lead to fatal consequences and in most cases a lawsuit for medical malpractice.
Another thing is that inexperience doctors or doctors with ulterior motives, could suggest or make patients undergo surgical procedures that they don’t need to. A research team recently revealed that up to 20 percent of pacemaker surgeries could have been avoided. Some of these unnecessary surgeries, such as coronary bypasses and hysterectomies, take place after doctors misinterpret symptoms or misread tests. Unnecessary surgery comes with a number of costs, including medical bills, pain, and possible complications that could obviously have been avoided.
To paraphrase the popular saying by Forrest Gump, “the human body is a like a box of chocolates”. A lot of times, doctors do not know what to expect before the open up a patient during surgery. SOmetime organs are not where they belong, sometimes the condition is a lot worse or a lot minor than diagnosed and sometimes doctors are not sure if they are doing more harm than good. Either way, the best doctors, do their best to heal patients and to keep a good operating room standard because human life is valuable.