Common mistakes made in surgeries
On behalf of Wilt & Thompson, PLLC on Tuesday, February 5, 2019.
Surgeons have an extremely difficult job. Although they receive years of education and training, they still make mistakes, like in any other profession, often leading to medical malpractice cases.
There are many errors some patients have had to contend with. One of the most common surgical mistakes involves the surgeon performing the wrong procedure on the patient. This is typically due to a clerical error where the surgeon received the wrong paperwork. Here are some other mistakes surgeons have made over the years.
Leaving the catheter in for too long
Following surgery, many patients are reliant on a catheter. The medical team needs to know precisely when to remove this catheter, or else it can result in a urinary tract infection. Although this type of infection is relatively easy to treat, it can lead to more serious problems if the patient delays treatment. A kidney infection could soon develop, requiring another visit to the hospital.
Providing the wrong dosage of medication
After surgery, the doctor often prescribes medication, such as antibiotics or painkillers, for the patient to take. The doctor tells the patient how much to take every given day and whether the patient has any refills. For example, a doctor may need to provide an individual with a saline-based solution. The solution needs the proper dosage of saline to work, and problems can develop if it is too high.
Leaving objects inside the patient
This actually occurs more often than many people realize. There are various small tools doctors need for surgery, such as gauze and sponges. Occasionally, doctors leave behind sponges or other small objects inside a patient. It can take weeks, months or even years for the patient to realize something is wrong, but this typically results in pain around the surgical site. It can result in severe infection, so treatment must happen right away to avoid such complications.