Wrong Site Surgeries Your Health And Surgical Risks
November 2, 2015
The top safety risk in operating rooms around the United States is wrong-site surgeries. These surgeries, which take place on the wrong body parts, should be easy to avoid. How could a surgeon mistake a left arm for right arm or operate on the completely wrong side of the body? A simple scheduling error or illegible writing on the part of a physician can lead to mistakes that are painful for patients.
Wrong-site surgeries are fairly rare, but they are the top concern of the majority of OR nurses. After that, the next major concern is forgetting to remove items from inside a patient. This could lead to infections or further internal damage to the person after the surgery is complete. It could lead to the need for additional surgeries, too. Finally, healthcare-associated infections round out the top three biggest concerns, because these infections can be hard to treat and lead to secondary conditions in patients.
As a patient, you have a right to a safe and accurate procedure. You shouldn’t have to worry about the wrong body part being operated on or being exposed to unnecessary health risks because a sponge or other material is left inside your body. There are ways for hospitals and surgery teams to work together to make sure you stay safe, and if negligence influences your health, it’s important to speak up and be heard.
Our website has more information on how you can make a claim if you’ve been a victim of medical negligence or malpractice. You deserve to be compensated for the pain and suffering you’ve been through.