Prescription drugs are the #1 cause of human drug fatalities and FDA approved drugs are the 4th leading cause of death overall.
MEDICATION MISTAKE KILLS ROTTWEILER
Medical errors are a leading cause of mortality in human medical statistics but surgical or medication errors in veterinary medicine are rarely reported.
TheDogPlace.org is publishing this report on behalf of all animal owners who, in a state of shock, accept that “he couldn’t be saved.” All too often owners blame themselves due to comments like “If we had seen him sooner…” or just as commonly said to pet owners, “It’s not your fault, it is a known breed problem…” Yes, bashing the breed to cover up medical mistakes is incredibly callous and common…
On the other side of the coin, veterinarians have feelings no matter how analytical they try to be. Most became vets because they love animals. Sadly, what was once a passion to save animals too often becomes diminished by the instinct to survive (in business) and stave off lawsuits.
This example of veterinary care gone wrong is best explained by the owner, who as a medical doctor, speaks with authority.
“Karter went in for a ligament repair, a procedure that our previous rottie's have had and all went well. However, this time around, despite the same surgeon and same vet being involved in Karter's care, something went terribly wrong.
“Essentially, what happened was Karter was given a lethal dose of hydromorphone at the end of his surgery ... causing him to never wake up post-operation.
“I truly believe this was a case of grossly negligent behaviour on the part of two veterinarians who made several errors in their care and clinical decisions. Those two vets have been pointing their fingers at one another ... the vet that administered the anaesthetic and analgesics is adamant he was doing whatever the surgeon was telling him to do and that the surgeon was demanding extra analgesics be administered given Karter’s size and weight ... being a medical doctor myself, I believe had they simply paused to work out their medication dosages according to his weight it is very likely our Karter would still be alive and well.
“We speak of Karter daily... literally every day. His pictures are everywhere in our home, on our display screens of our mobiles/laptops/iPads .... we love and miss him so much, to the point I don’t think any words can truly convey how awful we feel about what’s happened. Our Karter was a beloved and cherished family member and words are not enough to describe the void he has left in our lives.”
We thank the breeder and Karter’s owner for sharing this with our subscribers, many of whom are veterinarians. While there are no words to describe the loss of a pet, our staff decided to use this photo because it truly speaks louder than words.
We put our lives in the hands of medical professionals many times during a lifetime and 99% of the time, we are safe. But curious, our staff searched for surgery survival stats.
They might as well have searched for a gold mine…
Interestingly we did find this in sciencedaily.com “Apr 26, 2018 - Researchers found surgeries performed by older surgeons -- age 50 and up -- have lower patient mortality rates than those performed by ...”
The same should be true of veterinary surgeons. Experience counts, as does old-fashioned attention to detail. As regards medication mixups or miscalculation by the veterinary practice, we were appalled to find far too much authoritative documentation as in these examples:
30% of injuries due to drugs in hospitals are associated with a medication error, and are thus preventable. ~ U.S. Government Nat. Institute Of Health
Medical Errors in Veterinary Hospitals Feb 2019 ~ Drug errors were the most frequently reported ~ National Center for Biotechnology Information
Trust your doctor and your veterinarian but always ask for the minimum anesthesia. And hold your best friend close today.
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