Burns are some of the most devastating personal injuries a person can experience. In addition to the extensive physical damage to tissue, burns also affect victims in emotional and psychological ways. Worsening an already terrible situation, treatment for burn injuries can quickly deplete a person's financial reserves if he or she does not have a safety net in place.
Around 7 a.m. on March 13, a Colorado man was seriously injured when a car struck him at an intersection, presumably while he was attempting to cross the intersection on foot. The man suffered serious injuries and possible head trauma and was taken Denver Health for treatment. The Denver Police Department did not release his age. The driver of the car remained at the scene to speak to investigators, but no information as to the possible causes of the accident were released.
A man accused of hitting a motorized scooter and abandoning its critically injured rider was held at a detention center court on June 22. According to police reports, the 53-year-old driver ran over the scooter rider with his Pontiac Grand Prix on May 30, causing the rider to be hurled 20 feet on Colfax Avenue. The 43-year-old man suffered a serious leg and spinal cord injury.
Colorado readers may be interested in a report released on March 25 that says that leaving objects behind in a patient following surgery is one of the most common surgical errors. An analysis revealed that approximately 2,024 medical malpractice claims are filed each year for this type of surgery mistake.
Colorado residents may be surprised when they find out how often some serious surgical errors are committed in operating rooms across the country. One technique is being used to ensure that they don't happen, but some new research is questioning its effectiveness.
Colorado boxing fans may have been aware of two previously undefeated boxers that squared off in New York late last year. Mike Perez took a 19-0 record into the fight, and Magomed Abdusalamov had compiled a previous 18-0 record. On Nov. 2, the heavyweight boxing match at Madison Square Garden between Perez and Abdusalamov was brutal. Abdusalamov had won all 18 of his previous fights in five rounds or less, but he lost a unanimous 10-round decision in this instance.
Colorado patients may have heard that a California man accused a cardiologist of leaving his stepfather in the middle of open heart surgery, and he has since filed a lawsuit. According to the report, complications allegedly arose after the physician had left, which ultimately left the stepfather in a vegetative state.
Residents in Colorado might be wary of surgeries involving robotic arms, but according to one doctor, an advantage to robotic surgeries is that doctors can make fewer incisions and perform more complex surgeries than they would be able to with their own hands. Moreover, using the arms is like using any other kind of surgical tool. Despite the recalls and controversies, one doctor is still positive about the new technology, saying that he will continue to use the robot in the operating room.
In a case that has grabbed the attention of hospital safety advocates in Colorado and across the nation, a teenage girl was taken off of life support on Dec. 17 after she suffered a number of complications following a routine tonsillectomy. On Dec. 9, the operation took place seemingly without any problems. However, as the girl recovered, complications arose, and blood clots were even coming out of her mouth, according to her mother.
Colorado residents might be astonished to hear that a mother died under the care of a doctor who has been accused of needlessly using stents to keep the hospital's revenue flowing. When he was trying to insert a stent in an artery near her kidney back in January 2006, he allegedly punctured the wall of her kidney, causing internal bleeding and her eventual death 17 days later. The doctor is now facing several federal lawsuits.