Reflection on Medical Error
To err is human, and the doctors are human themselves, proving that medical errors are inevitable. The Institute of Medicine released a publication that stated that 98,000 deaths were accounted for the medical errors each year, which were even greater than the road accidents (Bari, Khan & Rathore, 2016).
The Healthcare system is becoming more complex each day with the up-gradation of the technologies and new scientific methods with discoveries; even a simple method of administering the right medication involves several humans in the process (Jacob, 2017). This paper aims at elucidating a personal account of the medical error and how it affected the healthcare providers, patients, and their families.
The medical errors related to anesthesia are critical as 947 out of 1000 ICU cases have been reported due to anesthesia medication errors (Kothari et al., 2010). The mortality and morbidity of these errors are expected to be much higher as many cases are unreported due to reasons like variation in population data, clinical practice, repute damage for the hospital and the physician, method of reporting, data collection, and lacking the homogeneity for its definition.
I witnessed a personal experience within...
When the nurse was seen coming in and out of the operation theater excessively, the family got anxious and asked the nurse on her third round out of the operation theatre. The nurse had to break the disturbing news that the mothers blood pressure was not getting stable. The family was extremely upset and kept on praying. These showed signs that medical errors caused torment to the families of the affected ones as well.
After the strenuous struggle of the operating team, the mothers blood pressure was made stable, but the baby was affected. The baby was kept in an incubator instantly. His oxygen level was fairly low; he had to be given supplemental oxygen through nasal equipment for several hours before being allowed for discharge. Due to the serious condition of the baby and the complications that the mother had to go through during her cesarean operation, they both had to stay at the hospital for two days. Both of them were kept under observation before the doctors were sure that they are normal and could go home.
The inside information of the actual problem that happened within the operation theatre, except for the nurse who told only about the low blood pressure levels of the…
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