According to the Institute of Medicine, there are 100,000 preventable deaths every year due to medical errors. Additionally, about 1 million people are injured every year because of medical errors. Now a doctor, Southwick, who had lost his leg due to a surgical error, has spoken out about his experience in the hopes that it will make a difference, and lead to a decrease in the number of medical errors.
In the case of this doctor, shortly after the release of his book about medical errors, he began to feel a pain in his calf. This pain was actually caused by a surgical error made in 1995 during an Achilles' tendon surgery. A large tourniquet had been used at high pressures for an extended period of time during the surgery; resulting in the injury and scaring of the arteries in his leg. Over the years, blood flow was gradually blocked to his lower leg. Due to this error, the doctor needed to have his leg amputated.
Southwick appears to be positive about the situation and is hopeful that his story will create better system to avoid preventable errors. He hopes that caregivers will start to realize that there needs to be a better system in place for the care of patients in order to prevent inadvertent injuries. His is doing well with his prosthetic leg even though the first few months were difficult. He is back to work and has even gotten into rowing.
For people who have been injured due to a medical error, you can still be positive and move on with your life while holding medial staff responsible for the injury. You should contact an experienced medical malpractice attorney about your case to determine your legal options.
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