Pre-Existing Conditions Put Patients at Risk
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.