Operating room errors occur in every type of surgery, whether complex or
routine. Unfortunately, numerous errors occur too often in some of the
most experienced operating rooms, even when a basic procedure is conducted.
Experienced Poughkeepsie operating room malpractice attorneys know that preventable mistakes can be due to improper planning prior to
surgery, negligence during the procedure, and post-operative mistakes.
It is quite common for operating room tools and miscellaneous other items
to be inadvertently left in patients’ bodies. The reason that operating
room staff commonly counts the items in the surgical room is because of
this problem. Nonetheless, pads, towels, scalpels, gauze, clamps, etc.
are still sewn up inside the patient.
You might know that surgeons in New York must sign the patient’s
body at the location where the surgery is being performed. Writing on
the patient’s body might seem silly, but the law arose because operating
room staff was routinely operating on the wrong part of the patient’s
body. They had the right patient, but operated on the wrong side of the
body. Sadly, this type of
medical negligence may still happen. Sometimes the doctors perform the entirely wrong procedure.
It seems hard to believe, especially because basic record keeping and
communication between staff should prevent this mistake.
Quite often, the most mundane procedures such as hysterectomies and tubal
ligations end up botched. Imagine if the colon or bladder is unintentionally
cut. The resultant bleeding will lead to clotting, especially in the legs.
The clots travel from the legs to the lungs. This is a cause of pulmonary
embolism. Death is a possibility. These are instances of
medical malpractice in the operating room.
Colonoscopies and polyp removal surgeries see another common operating
room error; bowel perforations. When any part of the gastrointestinal
tract is lacerated, bacteria will escape into the abdomen. Once this happens,
the lungs, kidneys, liver, and other internal organs can become infected
through sepsis or peritonitis.
Routine sinus surgery even sees its share of operating room mistakes. In
this type of procedure, muscles related to eye movement can be cut unintentionally.
When this happens, the patient’s vision may be permanently damaged.
Even though anesthesia has been used in operating rooms for numerous decades,
mistakes related to improper anesthesia administration causes many patients
to suffer from brain damage and even death. Routine back surgery can lead
to damaged nerves. Improper administration of anesthesia can even result
in a patient waking up during the procedure!
Are you interested in learning more about the various types of surgical
malpractice cases? Find out more in the latest article from our experienced attorneysavailable by clicking here. Read about which risks of surgery are not really risks, but rather negligence
in this blog post here.
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