Medical Procedures: Overview

Modified on 2009/10/14 21:38 by admin
A medical procedure is a particular course of action undertaken by a healthcare professional that is intended to achieve certain results. Medical procedures can be elective, such as plastic surgery or laser eye surgery. Other times, medical procedures are compulsory, ordered by doctors to save lives. Such procedures include kidney dialysis, organ transplantation, and many others.

Other medical procedures may include preventative screenings, such as blood pressure analysis, jaundice screening, and others. These procedures allow patients to monitor their bodies and help physicians determine if further treatment is necessary. Each time you visit a doctor or hospital, your personal health information is documented and saved. The rights of who and what entities have access to your medical records can be confusing, but knowing your privacy rights could save you a lot of hassle.

According to a study from the Institute of Medicine, as many as 98,000 patients die as a result of medical errors each year. Another study from Public Citizen, a non-profit consumer advocate group, reveals that negligent healthcare professionals cause over 1.3 million medical injuries annually.

View sub-topics at right to learn more about some specific medical procedures and some of the more serious risks and adverse side effects associated with these procedures.

See Also

  1. Blood Donation & Other Transplantation
  2. Central Vein Catheterization: Overview
  3. Chelation Therapy: Overview
  4. Chorionic Villus Sampling
  5. Cytoplasmic Transfer: Overview
  6. Dialysis: Overview
  7. Epidural Anesthesia
  8. Eye Procedures
  9. General Anesthesia: Overview
  10. Getting Your Medical Records
  11. Heart Bypass: Overview
  12. In Vitro Fertilization: Overview
  13. Informed Consent: Overview
  14. Jaundice Screening
  15. Laparoscopy: Overview
  16. Lasik & Other Laser Eye Surgery
  17. Mammogram Errors
  18. Medical Malpractice & Negligent Care
  19. Ooplasmic Transfer: Overview
  20. Pap Smear Errors
  21. Plastic Surgery: Overview
  22. Radiation Therapy: Overview
  23. Right Heart Catheterization: Overview
  24. SD Plasma
  25. Transmyocardial Revascularization (TMR)
  26. VA-Sponsored Medical Experiments - Electrical Wires
  27. Wrong Site Surgery
  28. Blindness
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