When you go into the hospital for an operation of any kind, you expect that the physicians and surgical staff overseeing your care will follow all protocols to encourage an expected outcome. But this is not always the case, and you could become the victim of a surgical error that renders you unable to return to your normal life.
According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, errors occur in 1 out of every 112,000 surgical procedures. To reduce your chances of a surgical error happening, there are certain steps you can take as a patient.
Talk to your doctor
Before your operation occurs, talk to your doctor about what operation you will undergo. Ask about what the process is like and make sure the doctor is familiar with your symptoms and general medical history.
If something does not seem right before your operation, tell someone. Always ask the medical team caring for you to confirm your identity and what procedure you are in the hospital for.
Participate in decisions
If you overhear your medical team discussing your situation and potentially making changes to your care, get involved. Make your voice heard during the decision-making process and do not be afraid to speak up if you do not want something to occur.
Although taking these steps can reduce the risk of a surgical error happening, you may still experience problems after your surgery due to some form of malpractice. If this happens to you, take steps to preserve your best interests and your right to fair and proper compensation.