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Re: new double amputee by surgeon's mistake
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2010, 12:46:18 AM »
Herb:

Amputate the WRONG limb?  I suspect that fear crosses the mind of most patients who head for the OR for their first amputation.  My surgeon assured me - and showed me -- that they take several precautions to avoid a wrongful chop.

Of course, when I went for my 2nd BK amp, I didn't have to worry they'd make that mistake, right?

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Re: new double amputee by surgeon's mistake
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2010, 08:07:44 AM »
Hi Dick - you did not have to worry about losing the wrong leg, but there is still the possibility that they could have put you in the wrong O.R. and gotten somebody else's procedure which does happen and of course they could still lop off one of your arms. My wife has been a RN all her adult life and she brings home all sorts of horror stories about medical mistakes that she sees, some of which result in deaths that no one is ever aware that the death  occurred due to gross errors by the doctor. One doctor at our local hospital had so many of his patients die due to his errors that the hospital quietly fired him. He now has a job at a major university training new doctors. Herb
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Re: new double amputee by surgeon's mistake
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2010, 09:34:28 AM »
One doctor at our local hospital had so many of his patients die due to his errors that the hospital quietly fired him. He now has a job at a major university training new doctors.
Those who can, do.
Those who can't do, teach.
Those who can't, teach teachers (or in this case, doctors).
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+Left foot------------+Right foot---------------+
|Accident 8/31/2002 |ankle fusion 1/8/2008  |
|Amp 7/11/2003      | RBK (Ertl)    4/7/2010 |
|Ertl June 2005        |                                  |
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Re: new double amputee by surgeon's mistake
« Reply #4 on: July 04, 2010, 01:31:36 AM »
I heard of one person who wrote "Lawsuit"  on the leg not to be chopped.

But you're right, Herb.  The stories of wrong medications, wrong dosages, wrong procedures, etc, are many.  Beware of nurses at the end of a long double-shift, long overdue for sleep.

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Re: new double amputee by surgeon's mistake
« Reply #5 on: July 04, 2010, 02:59:35 PM »

Yes Dick, I always ask what the medicine is for and etc. and if they say I have to give it to you, its on your chart,; I say call the doctor or I won't take it. :)

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Re: new double amputee by surgeon's mistake
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2010, 06:37:48 AM »
This isn't as uncommon as you think.... (worryingly)

I've heard people writing all kinds of things just to remind the cutters what to do "don't cut this one" and a dotted line with "please cut here" seem to be the favorites!

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Re: new double amputee by surgeon's mistake
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2010, 02:52:19 PM »
I heard that one person wrote "Lawsuit" on the leg NOT to be cut.
Apparently it worked.  :)
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Re: new double amputee by surgeon's mistake
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2010, 11:25:48 PM »
That would be something that I definitely would sue over   >:(  .  Case closed!

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Re: new double amputee by surgeon's mistake
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2010, 12:34:29 AM »
reminds me of the classic amputee joke, where the guy gets the wrong leg removed, they have to do an additional surgery to remove the diseased leg. He seeks legal advice after the whole ordeal only to have the lawyer tell him, "I'm sorry, but I'm afraid you don't have a leg to stand on". lol
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