Pre-Existing Conditions Put Patients at Risk

by | Jan 20, 2016 | Firm News, Medical Malpractice |

One problem with medical diagnoses and treatments is that a diagnosis has
to be written down for a doctor to know to protect against it. For instance,
if you’re going into surgery, the doctor should know about any and
all pre-existing conditions. If he doesn’t, then there’s a
risk that you could be treated in a way that causes trouble for your body.

Doctors won’t always know about the underlying conditions a patient
has, but it’s important for them to take solid records. If a condition
is expected, it’s better to prepare for complications than to enter
a surgery or other procedure without due care.An example of this would
be if you have asthma and require specialized monitoring during anesthesia;
failing to give you the right oxygen could lead to asphyxia or hypoxia,
causing damage to the brain. An attack that goes unnoticed could be deadly, too.

Members from the Society of Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine have pointed
out a similar problem, but with sleep apnea. Sleep apnea leads to an increased
risk of adverse outcomes in post-op, the time after an operation has taken place.

Medical facilities don’t want adverse outcomes to take place, because
patients get hurt and fines and penalties are possible. The problem is
that many facilities don’t actually follow any protocols for patients
with sleep apnea, even though the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and
the American Society of Anesthesiologists have both released recommended
protocols for working with these patients.

To avoid injuries and deaths from this condition, cases and documentation
are needed, because it’s important to show the seriousness of the
issue to get medical providers to work on a solution.


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