The right surgical procedures can help set a patient on the path to recovery. However, according to a recent study, as many as 4,000 people experience complications on the operating table every year as a result of surgical errors. In this article, we provide info on some of the most common surgical errors at healthcare facilities.
If you’re involved in a case with an individual who suffered injuries as a result of surgical errors, the certified life care planners at Cardinal LifeCare Consulting can assist with your case. We specialize in creating objective, evidence-based life care plans. A life care plan offers an in-depth breakdown of a patient’s current and future medical needs. This document can serve as vital evidence during litigation or negotiations with insurance providers.
If you have any questions about our methodology or want to find out more, call us today at 724-487-0519. Let’s explore a few of the most common types of surgical errors:
1. Incorrect Dosage of Anesthesia
When an anesthesiologist administers the wrong dosage of anesthesia, the drug can starve the patient’s brain of oxygen leading to severe brain damage or death. In some cases, anesthesia errors have caused patients to wake up during the procedure leading to further complications and unnecessary pain and suffering.
2. Instruments or Other Objects Left Behind
During surgery, objects and apparatus such as scalpels, gauze, pads, and sponges can be left inside the body at the surgical site. Even though doctors sterilize these items before the procedure, they can still cause infections or other complications.
3. Wrong Surgical Procedure
All it takes is one mislaid chart for a patient to go under the knife for the wrong procedure. Not only is the patient subjected to unnecessary pain and suffering, he or she will also need to undergo the original surgical procedure. Additionally, doctors may need to take steps to repair any damage caused by this surgical error.
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