A hospital has been instructed to render £10,000 in medical negligence compensation to a sixty three year old patient, who had to have their surgical procedure cancelled, due to a mix-up within the operating room. The elderly woman reported in an interview that she was absolutely disgusted over the care that she was given from the doctors at the facility that she was supposed to have her hip surgery performed at. The elderly woman stated that she felt that the doctors had no respect for her well-being, instead, they treated her like she was a piece of meat, laying across a conveyor belt.
Why Would A Patient Feel Inadequate When Having A Surgical Procedure Performed?
The patient in question, had been scheduled to have her right hip replaced, after she had been suffering in excruciating pain for over the course of a year. Prior to the procedure being rendered, the woman had already had two sets of blood tests performed, and an assessment of her condition. She believed that everything was going to plan, when she was wheeled into the operating room.
But, a few moments before the procedure was set to go underway, a nurse realised that the proper blood supplies were not on hand for the procedure. The patient had underwent two separate blood draws in order to ensure that these supplies were going to be readily available, if they were required during the operation.
The patient had already been given a pain killer, shortly before the nurse realised what had occurred. She was administered Oxycontin, and an anaesthetist was in the midst of preparing to administer additional medications to assist with the procedure. The patient, who was already dreading having the procedure performed, admits that the entire procedure was horrendous.
She recalls laying on the operating table, shaking from the pain medication that she had just been given, and hearing a nurse yelling about the bloods not being readily available. The patient then heard the surgeon conversing with the nurse stating that they were going to perform the surgery anyway, without the bloods being readily available, if something adverse should occur during the procedure. It would take the bloods twelve hours to get to the facility, from where they were stored, so if something did occur, the patient’s life could be on the line.
Should The Surgeon Have Operated Without The Proper Bloods?
The surgeon was persistent that the job had to be done, but the anaesthetist stopped him before he was able to begin. Currently, the patient, now has endured a year of pain, due to her procedure being cancelled, and does not plan on returning to the same facility that could not get the job done the first time.