So, you know how when you begin typing a few letters into the Google search box, it tries to read your mind by completing the phrase? Well, I guess most of you know the phrase the world’s number one search engine completes is the highest ranking or most popular phrase or search string based on other user’s preferences.
I accidentally discovered medical mistakes was a common search string when I was typing in med trying to determine common allergic reactions to the blood pressure medication I am taking.
Other common searches include doctor mistakes, surgical error, misdiagnosis, and surgeon mistakes. This is rather alarming! Does this mean medical professional blunders are more prevalent than errors made by other professionals? Probably not, but the cost of these types of mistakes is much more serious and, for that reason, have a much higher search frequency than carpenter, electrician, or plumber errors.
I was appalled to learn that tired surgeons have left gauze, scalpels, scissors, hemostats, sutures,surgical sponges, and other retained foreign bodies in patients due to their haste to get to the next patient. A rushed surgeon, performing a C section on Erica Parks, forgot to have his team remove a surgical sponge before they closed her up. She experienced excruciating pain and hindered bowel movements due to what is referred to as a “never event” in medical parlance. Another gentleman suffered a perforated bowl which was rubbing against a sharp object left in his abdomen by a careless surgical team. This caused a full-body inflammatory response, more commonly called septic shock, which affects his bowel movements and sleep patterns to this day!