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October 8, 2014

What causes surgical errors in medical malpractice cases?

surgical errorsWhile post-operation complications are not uncommon for invasive procedures, there are a number of issues that can arise from an error caused by the surgeon that aren’t naturally occurring aftereffects. If you suspect you may be the subject of a medical malpractice case, reach out to a local medical malpractice lawyer for help and a possible chance at damages.

Some of the causes of surgical errors known to occur during an operation:

  • A lack of preoperative planning: Errors can arise if medical staff haven’t gone over a patient’s complete history, including potential risks and medication reactions.
  • Failing to clearly communicate: Mistakes like misidentifying patients, marking the wrong areas for surgery, misreading drug dosage and not recognizing how a patient reacts to a certain drug are among the forms of miscommunication that can contribute to surgical errors. Additionally, it’s important for surgeons to conduct an inventory after the procedure is completed, as sponges and other equipment have been known to be left behind in a patient’s body cavity.
  • Fatigue or operating while under the influence: Because doctors work long hours, they can become tired and may even try to compensate by taking drugs to keep them alert. These actions impair judgment and lead to mistakes.
  • Neglect: Using defective surgical tools or not properly sterilizing instruments beforehand can result in life-threatening conditions like infection and septic shock.

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