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check your body parts.

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this is why you should always check your parts when you wake up(with my luck i would go in male and come out female)

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,339270,00.html
post #2 of 12
I don't even know what to say.
post #3 of 12
Oh my goodness!
post #4 of 12
Unfortunately this isn't uncommon - I do know that patients are encouraged to write on body parts that should be operated on!

For instance, if you are getting an amputation, you write on the other part saying "Don't take this one!"

I don't know how its possible that these things get stuffed up, but they do and once your under the anaesthetic, there isn't much you can do about it!
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Even though this may be oddly funny this story is a reality. Doctors are people, people make mistakes. My Mom worked in a hospital once where a woman was getting cochlear implants in both ears. The procedure was scheduled that she would have one done at a time. Unfortunately the doctor operated on the wrong ear first, and left the hospital wide open for a lawsuit.

My father, who's been a doctor for many years, has admitted to making major mistakes that could have harmed people over the years. It's something that doctors have to take into account before becoming a physician.
post #6 of 12
That surgical team will be needing new rectums....
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Even though this may be oddly funny this story is a reality. Doctors are people, people make mistakes. My Mom worked in a hospital once where a woman was getting cochlear implants in both ears. The procedure was scheduled that she would have one done at a time. Unfortunately the doctor operated on the wrong ear first, and left the hospital wide open for a lawsuit.

My father, who's been a doctor for many years, has admitted to making major mistakes that could have harmed people over the years. It's something that doctors have to take into account before becoming a physician.
Cochlear implants on both ears? Man, thats overkill!
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Cochlear implants on both ears? Man, thats overkill!
Yeah, well she could afford it. That's why she was having it done.
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Cochlear implants on both ears? Man, thats overkill!
That's what seems to be done in Germany, Kellye. When I was in the ENT clinic, most of the patients seemed to be getting both ears done. Since several of them were having it done for the second or third time, I assume it's because the long-term "success rate" isn't all that great.
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That's what seems to be done in Germany, Kellye. When I was in the ENT clinic, most of the patients seemed to be getting both ears done. Since several of them were having it done for the second or third time, I assume it's because the long-term "success rate" isn't all that great.
Ouch. I know someone who had to have hers removed because they were causing major headaches.
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Ouch. I know someone who had to have hers removed because they were causing major headaches.
I had a doctor try to talk me into the surgery, but after talking to several people who'd had it done, I decided not to.

To get back to the original topic, it really doesn't surprise me that such a mistake happened, as the working conditions for residents, who seem to perform most surgery, are pretty appalling in German hospitals. I've had surgery three times here, and twice it was emergency surgery, and while I got terrific care, I was horrified to see that several residents were on duty for up to 48 hours at a stretch.
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I've worked in the Operating Room for 25+ years now. While I've been extremely lucky to not have been involved in any wrong site surgery, I have been involved in a near miss, twice, with the same surgeon. There are protocols in place which are supposed to prevent wrong site surgeries. At our hospital, the surgeon must mark the surgical site with his initials, after the patient is asleep and positioned, and before the surgical prep. Once the prep is done, and draping is started, we must do a "Time Out" to read the surgical permit, verify the patient (for the umpteenth time) verify the site and the surgery to be performed. It isn't perfect, but it is a vast improvement over years ago.

Things like wrong site surgeries have always happened, but with instant access to reporting and news, and the rise in lawsuits, it has been made much more public than ever before.

Unfortunately, the general population is far more litigatious than it has ever been in the past, and sees the opportunity to sue doctors or other people in the medical profession as 'winning the lottery' or a 'get rich quick scheme.' This is yet another reason why medical care is so expensive.
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