Medical malpractice in the United States has a disturbing statistics. It has been documented that about 225,000 people die due to different forms of medical malpractice. One common type of medical malpractice is surgical error. This occurs due to the negligence on the part of the surgeon due to defective pre-operative planning, errors during the operation itself and substandard post-operative care.
Let us focus more on this type of medical malpractice as this is one of most shocking and devastating form of all medical malpractices in the United States. Surgical errors claim at least a dozen thousand lives annually in the United States. Surgical errors entail impairing internal organs such as the heart and the liver, mistake in the body part that needed operation, improper administration of anesthesia dosage, leaving surgical instruments such as scissors inside the body and improper surgical procedure.
What causes surgical errors?
One of the main causes that lead to a surgical error is inefficient pre-operative planning. Pre-operative planning is the management and preparation a patient must go through before surgical operation. In this stage the patient is usually conditioned physically and psychologically by the surgeon. Thus, it is important that a patient gets proper preoperative care. Nevertheless, doctors do not always do this which leads to horrible results.
Inefficient pre-operative planning also includes the faulty anesthesia administration, error in medication and diagnosis, failure to get proper consent, failure to give individualized information to the patient, recklessness, negligence and hasty preparation. To avoid inefficient pre-operative planning the surgeon who will do the surgical operation should be competent and expert enough to ensure that there no risk of surgical errors. Another cause of surgical error is committing errors during the procedure itself. Most surgical errors occur at this stage. Errors involving anesthesia are serious threat to the life of the patient which can also lead to brain damage, asphyxia, cardiovascular ailment, organ impairment, coma, and death. Others errors which might be fatal include incorrect incisions, utilization of unsterilized equipment, nearby organs perforation, nerve damage and unnecessary prolonged surgery. Sometimes the surgeons also operate on wrong body part and leave surgical instruments in the patient’s body. This leads to post-operative damage. These errors in the operation itself are brought about by carelessness, negligence and inexperienced surgeons.
Post-operative phase surgical errors are also often. Inadequate post-operative care can lead to delayed healing, infection, septic shock, , and other life threatening medical results. Surgical error is a horrible type of medical malpractice. No one wants this to happen to our loved ones. When you or a member of your family needs surgery, you often entrust and put your faith in the medical professionals that will handle the treatment and recovery. If these medical professionals commit negligence and carelessness in handling the procedure, do not hesitate to look for a reputable medical malpractice lawyer that will handle your case. You may be legally entitled to seek compensation for your losses if your lawyer is good enough to build a case against these negligent and careless medical professionals.