When there are complications with a medical procedure, you need to know that your doctor can take the steps necessary to correct them. Failing to do so can put your life in danger. If you are hurt because your doctor doesn’t do what he or she needs to in a timely manner, you may be in a position to file a medical malpractice claim.
What are complications?
Complications are unanticipated problems that arise during a procedure, course of treatment or an illness. For instance, common complications that happen after an operation may include excessive bleeding, blood clots or infection.
Do complications always happen right away?
Some kinds of complications happen immediately. For example, a primary hemorrhage could happen during or after surgery. At that point, the wound needs to be stitched, or your surgeon should return to surgery to investigate the cause of the problem. Blood may also need to be infused into the patient if too much has been lost. If this doesn’t happen, it’s possible that a patient could bleed to death.
What are some complications that can take place later?
Other complications could include blood clots from failing to receive blood thinners or infections from being in a hospital, which is known to put patients at a risk of MRSA and other illnesses. Doctors should be looking for signs of infection, like raised blood pressure or fever, and making sure everyone who comes into contact with patients is taking precautions against the spreading of disease. Remember, you can ask your nurses and doctors to wash their hands and equipment in front of you before you allow them near your wounds.