Surgeons and medical professionals undergo an extensive amount of training. They spend years and high costs in education to ensure they are fully prepared to work in life or death situations. It’s shocking, then, that statistics by the National Practitioner Data Bank show that nearly 4,000 people who undergo surgery are injured every year. Worst of all, the vast majority of these injuries could be avoided simply by following the standard practice a surgeon has learned. Below are the most common causes of surgical errors:
One of the most alarming, yet common causes of surgical errors is simply performing the wrong procedure on the wrong patient or performing the wrong procedure for the correct diagnosis. This is often the result of poor organization in the medical facility, failure to provide a correct diagnosis or a clerical error.
Lack of Experience
Even the most professional surgeons need aid in the moment of a major surgical procedure. Even when all the experience is there, an aid present in the surgical procedure may distribute the wrong dosage of a medicine, a medicine that may conflict with a patient’s allergies, or just a lack of urgency. Surgical procedures are high-pressure, time-sensitive events that require quick thinking and top expertise. When poor aid is present, surgical errors often occur.
Commonly in the news, a shocking and constant error is when a foreign object – such as gauze or a medical tool, is left behind in a patient after a surgical procedure has been completed. These injuries are negligence and often the result of a long surgical procedure without double-checking their work. Though the item can often be removed later with ease, foreign objects often go undetected until a severe infection or lasting pain has occurred.
Mistakes can and do happen in any profession. But in the case of a medical procedure, these mistakes can be life-changing and costly. They simply should not happen. If you or a loved one has undergone surgery and have been injured, you need to contact an attorney who could help. Contact the medical malpractice lawyers at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa, & Casazza P.C. today to schedule a case consultation. You may be eligible for compensation for medical costs and lost wages.