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Injuries and Illness from Medical Procedures

Posted on:8/6/2012
When a person goes to a hospital, he or she expects to be treated for his or her injuries or illness. However sometimes, despite the best intentions of the hospital staff accidents and errors occur and the patent develops some other injury or illness.


When a person goes to a hospital, he or she expects to be treated for his or her injuries or illness. However sometimes, despite the best intentions of the hospital staff accidents and errors occur and the patent develops some other injury or illness.

 

Iatrogenic injuries or illnesses are adverse effects resulting wholly or in part from medical procedures or medication, which are not a direct or indirect complication of the patient's primary condition or disease. A major group of iatrogenic injuries is the result of conceptual errors or an erroneous concept in selecting a diagnostic or therapeutic procedure.

The difference between iatrogenic illnesses due to conceptual errors and side effects of a diagnostic or therapeutic medical procedure is that in the former, the selected medical approach is not indicated, unsound, or inappropriate, and the complicated injury or illness is totally unexpected.

In medical side effects, the selection may be totally justified, and some or all of the side effects accepted as reasonable therapeutic trade-offs. There are no medications or procedures that are totally free of potentially adverse effects. Side effects, however, vary greatly in nature, severity, and frequency with the particular therapeutic approach. The role of the medical care provider is to balance the therapeutic benefit against the potential injury. Occasionally, the side effects are delayed and unpredictable, and may result in severe disability or death.


  
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