Retained Surgical Items
Columbus Medical Malpractice Law Firm
Among the most frightening prospects for a patient whose surgery otherwise
is successful is the thought that medical personnel may have left surgical
apparatus inside them. Horror stories of forceps, and even scalpels, left
inside a patient are enough to make anyone cringe, but the most common
items are surgical sponges. If you are a victim of malpractice in the
form of a retained surgical item, it is vital that you call our
Columbus medical malpractice law firm right away
Medical centers tend to be less concerned with retained surgical items
(RSIs) than other issues, such as post-surgical infection. Perhaps they
should reconsider, for statistics show that on average 12 patients in
the U.S. each day are victims of RSIs. Medicare regards these as “never
events”—meaning that they simply should never occur—and
since 2008 does not cover the cost of correcting the problem. Private
insurance companies have followed suit. As a result, hospitalization just
for an RSI often costs as much as $60,000, and must be paid by someone.
Your Columbus medical malpractice lawyer will work hard to ensure that
the hospital or doctors pay the bills and all the damages that the RSI caused.
The Problem with Sponges
Surgical sponges are used by the dozens during even routine surgeries.
Consequently, surgical teams often lose count of how many are placed inside
the patient; when the procedure is completed and it is time to sew the
patient up, then, there may not be a consensus on how many sponges need
to be removed.
These sponges cause very serious problems in patients, including infections
that can be deadly. Because sponges adhere to organs and tissues, they
can interfere with bodily functions. Assuming that a patient is treated
in time, a second and involved medical procedure is necessary to repair
what should never have occurred in the first place.
A Logical and Cost-Effective Solution That Is Being Largely Ignored
What is perhaps most disturbing about RSIs, specifically in relation to
sponges, is that recent technology which largely solves the problem is
being ignored by many medical centers. Implementing a sponge tracking
system at a facility would increase the cost of the average surgery by
$8 to $12. Considering the fact that the overall cost of repair, later
treatment, and legal claims can put the cost of a sponge left inside a
patient at nearly a quarter million dollars, it makes sense to incorporate
this bit of technology.
If You Are a Victim of Medical Malpractice
If you have suffered injury because of the negligence of careless medical
emergency room errors, or procedures, call a Columbus medical malpractice attorney woith the
resources and experience to provide you with superior legal representation.
Contact Rourke and Blumenthal today to arrange a consultation.