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The Dangers of Defective Shoulder Replacements

Shoulder replacements promise increased functionality in the shoulder and arm area and reduced pain. These surgically implanted devices are very promising for those who have limited shoulder functions because of injury and complications. An example of shoulder replacements is the Biomet Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder, which promises to restore arm movement for those who have sustained arthritis.

This device, however, has started to be recalled because its fracture rate is higher than what is labelled, resulting into damages on the side of the patient. Those who have the Biomet Comprehensive Reverse Shoulder may sustain injuries and infections, corrective surgeries, additional medical costs, and lost time at work, because of the defects present in the shoulder replacement. This is the best example on how shoulder replacements can pose significant danger toward the patients.

Possible Issues with Shoulder Replacements
Shoulder replacements can be dangerous because of numerous reasons. These reasons may be on the side of the patient, the medical staff, or the device itself. On the side of the patient, a possible issue is allergic reaction to the cement used in the medical device.

But the worst reasons are those that involve the medical staff and the device itself, since the patient will be the one suffering because of the negligence of another party. It can even be argued that the allergic reaction to cement is the medical staff’s fault, because of the staff’s inability or failure to foresee such a risk. According to the website of the shoulder replacement lawyers of Williams Kherkher, patients who have sustained additional injury or have had corrective surgery because of a flawed shoulder replacement device may have legal options to pursue.
There are several issues with shoulder replacements that can be associated with the medical staff and the device itself, such as the following:

Bone, nerve, or tissue damage
Component erosion
Infection
Joint dislocation
Prosthetic misalignment or loosening

Surgical/Anesthesia/Prescription Error

A study released in October 2015 showed that medication mistakes have occurred in 124 out of 277 surgical operations that were conducted in the United States last year alone, with almost 50% of all surgeries involving at least one medication error or adverse drug event, or 193 medication errors occurring in the 3,675 medications administered.

The study is “the first large-scale look at medication errors in the time immediately before, during, and directly after surgery,” said Dr. Karen Nanji, Harvard Medical School’s assistant professor of anesthesia, which was confirmed by Yale University Prevention Research Center director Dr. David Katz.

Other findings showed that two-thirds of the medication errors were categorized as “serious” and 2% were deemed “life-threatening”.

The study identified the following as the most common types of medication error during a surgery: incorrect dosing; drug documentation mistakes; failure on the part of physicians and nurses to monitor and address the changes to a patient’s vital signs; and drug labeling mistakes.

Attorneys at the Abel Law Firm say some wrong actions that a physician performing a surgery might do include leaving a foreign object –such as a towel, a sponge, or a surgical apparatus – inside a patient’s body; making errors in performing the procedure itself; and performing the procedure on the wrong body part.

Medical malpractice cases are very problematic in the sense that there is complexity when it comes to proving that the doctors, nurses, or the medical institutions are accountable for one’s worsened medical condition. For one, they can make the patient lost in all the medical jargon thrown at them by the medical practitioners claiming innocence. For another, such institutions find it easy to hire the best and the brightest minds in the legal profession to come to their rescue in instances when a mishap is made.

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