A lead-in to today's blog post might be termed "Reasonable assumptions gone awry." The facts that emerge from a recent article in an esteemed medical journal reveal with chilling force how something that should be a reality in the medical profession is far from uniformly being the case.
We pose a simple question to our readers in Maricopa County and across Arizona today, namely this: How many times have you had surgery?
The officials from the US Department of Veterans Affairs said that a former patient's inability to use his arm in an uncompromised manner had nothing to do with negligence on the part of the doctor who performed surgery on him.
Members of the Arizona Board of Dental Examiners were duly impressed -- and likely aghast -- after seeing pictures presented by a woman during a public-comment period.
It might well be true, as intoned in one adage, that "music soothes the savage beast."
Most of us want to live our lives with a sense of personal empowerment. We prefer to make our own decisions whenever possible. However, there are times when we have to trust the decisions of others. When we are in need of surgery, we must allow doctors and other medical professionals to exercise a great deal of control over our care. This makes sense as these people have the training required to help us.
We would like to believe that modern medical techniques have all but eliminated the likelihood of surgical errors. And while things may have improved over time, we still live in an age where doctors and other medical professionals can make serious mistakes while carrying out a surgical procedure.
Those among us blessed with sight know just how important the ability to see is in our daily lives. In fact, our vision plays a part in almost everything we do. As such, having clear vision is highly desirable. Often glasses or contact lenses can satisfactorily correct any problems we have with our eyesight.
Many people are already aware of the common mishaps that can occur during a surgical procedure. For example, it is possible for a doctor to leave a surgical tool or sponge in a patient after completing an operation. You may have also heard of instances of wrong site surgeries in which patients had the wrong body parts operated on, or even removed.
When we undergo any form of invasive surgery, we naturally want our doctor to have a steady pair of hands. In fact, saying that someone has "the hands of a surgeon" means that they can use their hands in skillful, competent manner. This is vital while in the operating room because harmful surgical errors could result should a doctor not be steady and skilled.