Vets make mistakes, they are after all human and we all make mistakes. The big problem, it can mean life or death for your pet, if you really need to know what are the most common mistakes and what you can do to avoid them. It is very difficult to know how often medical errors actually occur with our pets. The Veterinary Record last veterinary graduates surveyed 105 respondents and 82 (78 percent) indicated that they had made a mistake has led to less optimal or negative consequences for a patient. This article go to the top 7 mistakes veterinarians, and what you can do to avoid them.
A. Surgical errors. This may mean trying a hangover (I tried once) to more serious errors, such as leaving a sponge in the abdominal cavity or performing surgery on the wrong leg sterilized. Unfortunately, errors in surgery are much more common than most owners think that pet can be largely avoided. Make sure your vet correctly identifies your pet with a name tag. Either the surgeon or technician to remove the lump accurate. Ask them if they have a checklist for surgery (they should) be used. Learn about the type of anesthesia and monitoring that you want to monitor a technician your dog or cat is made during surgery. Then again adequate monitoring on recovery after surgery your pet will require.
The second misdiagnosis. As diagnosed your pet with the wrong disease, or concerns are not taken seriously. This can go around the board, no serious illnesses diagnosed as a disease called Addison’s disease, which is difficult to confirm correct, and many experienced practitioners not be complete their training. Then there is the other extreme, in which there are many diagnostic tests, and a “disease” is diagnosed, which can not be serious. I can not think of a patient who was sent to an MRI on his back, and while it was a “mass” seen in the liver. This caused quite a battle of grave concern for the customer and a biopsy of the “mass” was a “possible cancer”. This has led to more invasive procedures, complications and unhappy at the end of the animal is nothing more than the hepatic nodular hyperplasia, a benign tumor. You need to ask lots of questions and very involved. Ask if the diagnostic test is required. Ask for a referral if you think your former veterinarian missing something serious.
Third Medication Errors. Drugs that messed up, prescribed the wrong dose (too much or too little) happens frequently. In my own practice, I have seen that some employees may not be adequately trained or do not take care to ensure that the drug has voted on the label, the drug is administered. In a situation where a customer was sent home with an antibiotic for an infection of the skin, and eventually sent home with a powerful immunosuppressive drugs. To do this, you need to ask a lot of questions to avoid: What is the name of the medication? What is this medicine. What proportion of the drug and how often should I?
4th preoperative screening. This is partly related to the operation, but illustrates a common error without fail the initial screening. Make sure your pet is well on the day of surgery examined before any type of anesthesia given. If there are concerns about the health of your pet and anesthesia are, so I metabolize a type of blood test for organ function and the ability to advise anesthesia correctly.
Escaping 5th pets. Who would have thought that their pet could escape into an animal hospital? I was sure the leak in veterinary practice, there was often a dog or a cat. Thanks to the clinic most of the time they were taken quickly, but sometimes they do. From the front or back door In this case, you want to ensure that veterinary practice your concerns seriously, and they keep the back door closed when moving pets kennel surgery / rooms care. Of course, you can avoid problems by a well-trained dog, and tell the reception that your cat has a “masking” so hang on tight and make sure all doors are closed.
Problems sixth injection. How to inject things into the wrong place, or inject things that are not injected. The classic raised an intranasal vaccine against kennel cough into a syringe and then injected under the skin (as opposed to a contrast injected into the nose). This was done in a veterinary office I once worked (I have no injection), and the dog has developed serious complications, liver failure. Other injection problems are not calculate the correct dose and injecting drug it too easy to do with insulin, sending diabetic shock. Once again need that your dog or cat is always clear for drugs, and before you. Your vet (or lay) asking the “shooting”, what it is, and if it is the right dose
7th Supervision. Or rather the lack of supervision of new veterinary graduates and new employees. The Veterinary Record graduate survey found that most medical errors occur due to a lack of oversight. New graduates were hired and delivered themselves. I myself had a similar experience, who after working for two weeks, I left my own practice, when he was head of the holidays. I remember sterilizing a large breed, overweight dog, the loss of uterine pedicle and abdominal cavity filled with blood. I struggled to find where the bleeding was coming, and I thought that the dog may die. Fortunately, I was able to find its stem bleeding side kidney ligated again, and the dog recovered well. But this is not always the case, and this could have been avoided if I had fully adequate supervision.
Errors occur in practice a vet much more than you think, because it. There is no error statistics veterinary As the owner of the animal concerned, you can go a long way in preventing what happens to your dog or cat to rider involved. Ask questions about your veterinary practice and veterinary medicine. They use a surgical checklist? Is there adequate monitoring of animals during and after surgery. Learn about all the medications your pet, whether it is administered, it is a tablet or injection. You can not avoid it, but you can avoid the mistakes veterinarian.