A healthy immune system can fight off lots of ailments. Nonetheless, there are occasions when the immune system isn’t enough and medical intervention is required. For instance, if a person has been involved in an accident resulting in severe injuries, they may require surgery.
Surgeons are highly skilled professionals with many years of training behind them. Despite their talents, surgeons are not immune from making mistakes. What are some of the more common types of surgical errors?
Failures in hygiene
There was a point in history when every surgical procedure, even minor ones, was very dangerous. Now, with increased knowledge of the importance of hygiene, many risks have been nullified.
Unfortunately, some medical facilities fall short of expected hygiene protocols, which puts patients at risk. Improperly sanitized operating theaters and equipment can result in life-threatening infections.
Anesthesia has allowed operations to be safer. Patients can go through procedures without feeling pain. Nonetheless, the drugs used for anesthetic are extremely powerful, so doctors must make sure that the appropriate dosage is used.
A dosage of anesthetic that’s too small can result in the patient feeling immense pain during the procedure. Too large a dosage puts the patient at risk of further complications including brain damage.
These are just some of the more common surgical errors experienced by patients. Wrong-site surgery, faulty equipment and miscommunication can also result in severe harm. If your medical team has failed you then you deserve justice. Seek legal guidance to find out more about medical malpractice claims.