Mistakes happen all the time when doctors treat patients. It can happen
during the first doctor’s visit and on the last, and anywhere in
between. Mistakes most certainly happen during surgery – while under
Experienced Kingston medical malpractice attorneys have litigated countless cases of surgical negligence. And readers should
understand that these errors are more than just errors made by the surgeon.
Of course, the surgeon himself or herself can be the medical professional
charged with the surgical error. For example, surgeons have been known
to accidentally cut, sever, or “nick” veins, arteries, and
nerves. Organs have been punctured that should not have been punctured
– even to the extent that another surgeon in the same situation
would not have made such an error. Patient’s bowels have been negligently
perforated, leading to infection and sepsis.
But let us move away from the surgeon and towards other actors within the
medical community. Quite often a surgical patient will have a surgical
team. This is a group of medical professionals assigned to the patient’s
surgery. This includes assistants, nurses, and anesthesiologists, among others.
Patient records and charts must be accurately completed; the surgical site
must be marked prior to surgery. When errors are made during these processes,
the patient may be caused to suffer an accidental amputation and other forms of
wrong site surgery. All of the actors must carefully and competently communicate with each
other – and with the patient – to ensure that the patient
receives competent medical care.
This type of communication occurs from day one with the nurse and or doctor
completing a proper patient medical history review with the client. Knowing
the patient’s history will help achieve a proper diagnosis. And
then the doctor’s office must timely communicate the diagnosis with
the patient. Any delay can cause the patient to suffer undue harm and
may even shorten a patient’s life span.
Let us talk about anesthesiologists and their assistants. Without modern
anesthesia, many surgical procedures could not happen. Anesthesia allows
the surgery to occur in a fashion that blocks the patient from feeling
the pain of surgery and it blocks the patient from remembering the event.
But when anesthesia is not delivered properly during surgery, the patient
may feel the pain and remember the event. Too much anesthesia can leave
the patient in a coma, paralyzed, or may even kill the patient.
Even worse, medical professionals and medical facilities are not required
to tell the patient or the patient’s family that a mistake happened.
It may take the efforts of an
experienced medical malpractice attorney to uncover the error.
Here are some other common surgical mistakes:
- Delayed surgery
- Leaving sponges, gloves, needles, and other “foreign” object
inside the body
- Operating on the wrong patient
Learn about medical malpractice and the many times of negligent acts which
constitute medical malpractice in
our latest blog post available here.
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