Surgical errors can be one of the most lethal forms of physician malpractice, due to the fact that surgical techniques and procedures are, by their very nature, extremely invasive. A surgical mistake can easily become a fatality, given the high risks associated with invasive procedures.
"Wrong Site" Surgical Errors
According to the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), there is an increasing frequency of the number of cases in which the surgeon performed surgery on the wrong body site or even on the wrong patient. Additionally, JCAHO reported that orthopedic/podiatric operations were the most frequent source of surgical errors.
Other Common Surgical Errors and Complications
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for surgical instruments to be left inside the body after the surgery or for patients to have adverse reactions to anesthetics. Yet another source of surgical errors is post-operative complications, such as the development of blood clots in the legs, which can lead to a pulmonary embolism. Staph infections may occur and, if the physician fails to appropriately identify and treat the infection, the patient may develop catastrophic injuries and subsequently to wrongful death. And finally, there is always the possibility that an individual may develop post-operative pneumonia or other respiratory or cardiovascular complications resulting from inappropriate post-operative care.
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