Patient Safety: These Factors Raise the Risk of Harm

by | Dec 8, 2015 | Firm News, Medical Malpractice, Medication Errors, Surgical Errors |

When you go into the hospital for surgery, there’s always a chance
that a mistake will be made. When that happens, you’ll be in a position
to claim for medical malpractice. When your attorney helps you with your
case, you’ll need to show how the surgeon or doctor erred, so you
can prove that your injuries were the result of
negligence or other negative factors.

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have released
a report that discusses patient safety and how procedures must be followed
to keep people safe. Particularly in the case of surgical errors, following
strict protocols can be of use.

The study reviewed several kinds of errors that take place. One, wrong-patient
surgery, is described as occurring when the wrong patient is operated
on. Another, wrong-level surgery, is rarely discussed but equally important
as the others. This kind of surgical error takes place when the surgeon
operates on the right part of the body but either above, below, to the
right or to the left of the surgical error on the wrong level. For example,
if a patient was meant to have the bottom of a bone shaved and the surgeon
shaved the top of the bone, that could be considered to be a wrong-level surgery.

So what increases your risk of being injured? If you had more than one
surgeon, if you had more than one operation in a single visit or if you
were under unusual time constraints, your case may be one where surgical
errors were more likely. It’s important to reach out and discuss
the errors with your attorney in these cases, as you are likely to be
able to file for compensation.


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