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Surgical errors that may qualify as medical malpractice

On Behalf of | Jun 14, 2023 | Firm News

Surgery involves a complex process requiring precision and care. Even with the progress of medical technology and comprehensive training of medical professionals, surgical errors can still occur. Depending on the nature of these errors and the harm they cause, they may qualify as medical malpractice.

Medical malpractice arises when a healthcare provider does not meet the standard of care in their profession, which then causes harm to the patient. In the realm of surgery, certain types of errors can meet this criterion.

Surgical errors at the wrong site

Surgical procedures performed on the wrong body part fall under wrong-site surgery. Despite existing pre-operative checks and protocols to prevent this, such errors still happen, resulting in unnecessary harm and additional procedures.

Misidentification leading to operation on the wrong patient

An error in patient identification can result in performing a surgery intended for one individual on another. This error not only exposes an individual to unnecessary risks but also means the actual patient does not receive the required care.

Mistakenly leaving surgical instruments inside the patient

During the chaos and complexity of the surgery, medical staff might leave instruments inside a patient’s body. This mistake can lead to serious complications, including infections, organ damage and the necessity of additional surgeries to remove the foreign object.

Errors with anesthesia

Errors can occur when administering anesthesia, ranging from giving too much or too little. These mistakes can result in potential harm from an overdose or the distress of a patient waking up during surgery, leading to severe consequences, including brain damage, heart problems and, in extreme cases, death.

Negligence in postoperative care

Negligence in post-operative care is necessary to ensure a patient’s recovery. Failure to recognize or treat complications after surgery can lead to harm to the patient and may qualify as malpractice.

Surgical errors can have severe effects on patients and may qualify as medical malpractice. Patients must stay vigilant and maintain communication with healthcare providers to minimize these risks and ensure they receive the highest standard of care.