Joan Rivers died following a procedure performed under questionable circumstances at an East Side clinic. Her unfortunate death is an example of things going wrong at such facilities at disturbing rates.
Patient safety is a major concern for surgery performed outside the safety net provided by a hospital’s emergency department, medical specialists and intensive care unit. A patient receiving risky medical procedures may develop the need for additional emergency care that these surgery centers are not equipped to provide.
Surgery facilities, such as the one where Joan Rivers stopped breathing while under anesthesia, is one of 120 nationwide, including 40 in New York City, that are licensed to perform both invasive and ambulatory surgical procedures.
According to one study, between 2010 and 2013, more than 1,900 patients were rushed to hospitals as a result of complications from surgical procedures performed at surgery facilities. 257 of these patients died soon after their treatments. The common complications included heart troubles, bleeding, lacerations, infections and breathing problems.
The Need for Change
Although the majority of surgeries are performed at facilities without a hitch at a far less expense than if they had been performed at hospitals, the number of deaths and hospitalizations is still a concern that needs to be addressed.
Joan Rivers’ death has shined a spotlight on New York’s surgery facilities and the safety issues surrounding ambulatory surgery and invasive exams performed outside hospitals.
If you or a loved one has suffered a complication or death resulting from a surgery performed at a surgery facility, you should consult an experienced New York medical malpractice attorney to protect your legal rights.
For additional information about your legal options or to schedule a complimentary consultation, please call the Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. at 1-800-529-9997.