Updated on March 23rd, 2019
As you already know, medical facilities and doctors are currently facing accusation from the members of the public and professionals due to medical negligence and malpractices. Rarely do you stay for a week without seeing reports on medical negligence that have caused severe injuries to the concerned patient. Some patients end up dying after medical malpractices. One of the common medical malpractice is surgical errors.
Medical professionals are supposed to conduct surgical operations with maximum care and protection of the concerned parties. This is because a slight error could lead to devastating effects. Probably, you have already witnessed some surgical errors that have resulted in serious injuries and sometimes death. If you are a victim of surgical errors, you can sue the facility for medical negligence and demand compensation.
According to Langer & Langer, all doctors and other medical professionals have taken Hippocratic Oath promising to do no harm to their patients. Surgical errors amount to harm and injuries, and as such, you may need to sue a medical professional for medical malpractice.
Moreover, for you to have sufficient information and knowledge about what constitutes medical malpractice, you need to understand the common surgical errors that you can experience. This will help you to sue if you experience any of the mentioned errors.
1. Foreign Objects Inside Patients
One of the most common surgical error that is continually reported is leaving foreign objects inside the body of patients. Some of the commonly used surgical materials include scalpels, sponges, pads, and clamps. It is the role of the nurses and the surgeon to ensure that any of this item is not left inside the body of the patient. However, thousands of patients have previously reported various surgical objects left inside their bodies which causes severe infections. In extreme cases, victims require an additional surgical operation to remove these objects.
2. Operating The Wrong Body Part
Sometimes the surgeon might use the right surgical procedure but conduct the operations on the wrong body part. You’ve probably heard of horror stories where the wrong limbs were separated from the body. Sometimes operations are undertaken on sensitive parts of the body such as the head or soft tissues in the body. This is a common surgical error that has inflicted severe damages to victims given that their original problem was not solved and now they have to deal with another problem.
3. Wrong Surgical Procedure
In most cases, various surgeries have a standard procedure that is supposed to be followed. There are standard tools, medical equipment, and drugs that are supposed to be used. There’s also the expected anesthetic drug that is supposed to be used for a specific surgical procedure. These standards make the operation easy to handle and patients recover within a short period. However, some medical professionals use another procedure only for them to realize that they have made huge mistakes. By this time, only another surgical procedure could rectify the situation.
4. Too Much Anesthesia
Fatal medical situations are reported regularly after anesthesiologist uses the wrong dose. Excessive use of anesthesia drug has been known to cause brain damage, lack of oxygen in the brain, and sometimes death. This is a common surgical error as anesthesia is used in most surgical procedures to prevent excessive pain. Other patients react negatively to anesthesia due to allergic reactions and other incompatibilities.
5. Inflicting Nerve Damages
Inflicting nerve damage is a common surgical error as surgical professionals are in constant contact with the nerves when they are performing surgeries. There are thousands of nerves surrounding body tissues, which means that it is very difficult to pass without inflicting damages. One of the major concern in nerve damages is that it could lead to paralysis.
Therefore, surgical experts holding scalpels and other cutting objects should avoid movements as a slight cut on the nerves could be fatal. Family members have the right to seek compensation and other financial rewards if their patient experiences nerve damages during surgeries.