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6 Ways A Surgical Error Can Happen

On Behalf of | Apr 5, 2023 | Medical Malpractice |

Are you undergoing surgery? Then you may need to be aware that you could suffer injuries while under the care of medical professionals.

Surgical errors can frequently happen and lead to more medical issues for a patient. Here are a few things that may happen:

1. Communication Issues

It’s often said that communication is the most important thing to have in any job. Communication issues at a hospital can have large consequences. 

For example, if a patient’s medical records are confused with others, then the surgeon could perform the wrong surgery. Another issue that could happen is if a patient’s medical records have the wrong details, leading to an incorrect surgery.

2. Fatigue

It seems like everyone struggles with fatigue now and again. People who experience fatigue often have poor performance, concentration and focus, which may not be an issue for many people. However, a surgeon who is struggling to stay awake may cause serious medical damage to a patient. 

3. Drug Or Alcohol Abuse

Surgeons and other medical professionals often witness a lot of traumatic events. Some medical professionals may use drugs or alcohol to suppress their emotions as a result. Alcohol and drugs can greatly harm a professional’s ability to do their work, which could lead to fatal accidents when performing surgery.

4. Inexperience

One issue people may encounter is having a surgeon who’s inexperienced. The surgeon may not have the skills or knowledge to perform the surgery. This could lead to a surgeon injuring a patient, which a more competent surgeon wouldn’t have.

5. Poor Planning

Surgery often can’t be done without meticulous planning. If surgery is rushed without the proper equipment or planning, then a medical issue may not be resolved. It could also lead to a surgeon causing more medical issues for a patient. 

6. Missed Surgical Steps

Surgeons often can’t rush operations. There are certain steps surgeons have to make in order to perform their duties. When a surgeon skips a step, they may harm a patient. 

If you believe that you’re a victim of medical malpractice, then you may need to be aware of your legal options