Surgical errors can lead to catastrophic complications for patients. There are many different types of surgery errors that can occur. In this blog post, we will discuss the dangers of wrong-site surgeries.
Wrong-site surgeries can cause a variety of health complications for patients. While wrong-site surgeries are not the most common type of surgical mistakes, patients should be aware of the risks they face before they have a surgical procedure.
What is considered a wrong-site surgical mistake? Performing a surgical procedure on the wrong side or site of the body, the wrong patient or the wrong procedure. All of these mistakes put the patient at risk for serious complications that may require additional procedures and can be fatal.
These surgery errors can put patients at risk for an infection as well as additional time in the hospital if patients need additional procedures to fix the original mistake. Common types of wrong-site surgery mistakes include removing the wrong organ such as a kidney and failing to remove the wrong kidney in the patient.
What causes these mistakes? Previous studies have found that a variety of factors can contribute to wrong-site surgery mistakes. Risk factors include having multiple procedures, having multiple surgeons, changing rooms or during an emergency.
It is important to know that surgery mistakes are preventable. Hospitals and operating room staff can be held liable for mistakes, and patients and their families can file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital and staff.
Patients and families who have been victims of wrong-site surgical errors should consult a medical malpractice attorney for specific legal advice.