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FL Surgical MalpracticeHealth News Florida (HNF) reports that doctors and employees of Venice Regional Medical Center have been going through a “re-education” process after state inspectors discovered that contaminated surgical instruments were used twice in March and patients were not informed.

Investigators for the Agency of Health Care Administration (AHCA) checked 10 surgical case records and allegedly found the instrument contamination problem in two of those cases. Not only can hospital-acquired infections be a huge patient safety issue, but also by law, patients must be notified of any “adverse incidents.”

Normally, when contamination is detected, a surgery is halted and the protocol is to decontaminate the room and equipment before continuing. However, according to HNF, one surgeon told state investigators that he was afraid that putting off the procedure for 30 to 45 minutes would be too dangerous for his elderly patient.
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A man, who claims his penis had to be amputated after an implant surgery, is suing his anesthesiologist in a Miami court.

The patient, who now lives in Peru, testified via Skype that the doctor failed to properly take his pre-existing conditions into account- which included diabetes – when he cleared him for the procedure. The alleged victim had gone in for elective surgery at Coral Gables Hospital because he was experiencing erectile dysfunction.

Nine days after the surgery, a small infection become gangrene, which in turn developed into flesh eating bacteria.

To save his life, the man’s penis had to be amputated.

As a result, the alleged victim sued both the urologist who had performed the surgery and the anesthesiologist in 2009. The urologist, who is being sued in yet another unrelated penis amputation case, settled with the patient out of court last year.
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As patients, most of us overwhelmingly trust our doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. At times, we literally put our lives in their hands. We trust they will make good decisions regarding our health and well-being. However, what if some doctors are a little too eager for a patient to undergo extensive surgery?

An article from 1985 in Health Letter, a publication of Public Citizen, found that between 1971 and 1978, coronary bypass surgeries performed on men who were 65-years-old and older rose by a shocking 955 percent. The bypass surgery rate for younger people also increased significantly. At the time, the cost for a coronary bypass surgery was around $20,000, so for every 100 patients who underwent the extensive operation, about $1.4 million was spent in medical expenses, some of which was completely unnecessary.
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