Surgical errors should never happen, yet they affect thousands of people every year. Avoiding surgical errors should fall on the shoulders of the doctors and nurses who work with patients, but the reality is that patients often have to take their safety into their own hands.
Everyone realizes that surgeons, nurses and other providers are human, and making mistakes is possible. However, there are some errors that should simply never happen. For example, leaving a foreign object in the patient’s body, making anesthesia errors or causing nerve damage because of positioning issues during surgery could all be easily avoided by a trained professional.
How many major errors and never events happen each week in America?
It is estimated that around 40 wrong-patient, wrong-procedure, wrong-site and wrong-side surgeries happen each week in the United States alone. Of course, that means that many patients are treated without mistakes, but for those who are harmed, the pain they go through is serious. It’s necessary for them to receive appropriate medical care quickly, so that they can recover if possible.
What causes so many surgical errors?
Surgical errors are often caused by poor communication, a lack of leadership and poor assessments. Time constraints and booking document errors can also lead to mistakes that harm patients.
What should you do if you’re a victim of a surgical mistake?
You don’t have to sit back and allow a medical mistake to go unchecked. Speak out and inform your attorney that you believe you’re a victim of malpractice. With the right information and documents, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries.