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What type of errors occur in hospitals?

When most people in Washington hear about medical errors, the focus is typically on a mistake of a doctor or surgeon, or something they failed to do, such as diagnose a patient correctly. But there are many medical professionals in an operating room, and any of them can contribute to or cause a mistake that harms a patient. One of them is the anesthetist.

The link between communication and surgical errors

Residents in Washington State who may need to have surgery or who have relatives in need of surgery have reason to be concerned about their safety as well as the outcomes of the operation. It can be helpful for patients and their family members to be informed about what factors might increase the risk of a medical error occurring so that they may hopefully guard against such an event.

Defining surgical never events

To say that something should never happen may seem quite drastic (after all, human error has to be accounted for in almost any situation, right?). However, in certain areas, that should not be an unrealistic expectation. Healthcare is certainly one of them. Many of those that our team here at Miracle Pruzan & Pruzan have worked with in Seattle have failed to have that expectation met due to a medical or (worse yet) surgical mistake. If and when you suffer due to a surgical error, you might justly question how such a blunder could have even happened. 

Who can be involved in a medical malpractice claim?

If you are like many people who live in Washington State, when you  hear about or think about a medical malpractice claim, you may automatically think about a doctor or a surgeon as being the individuals against which an action has been initiated. While certainly these professionals may well be the subject of such claims, they are far from the only options you have when it becomes necessary for you to seek compensation after a medical error.

Helpful tips to prevent surgical errors

Every year, thousands of mistakes are made in hospitals across the country. If you are preparing to have surgery in one of Washington’s hospitals soon, you might understandably worry that you could contract an infection, suffer a post-surgical complication or become a victim of a medical error. At Miracle Pruzan & Pruzan, we would like to help you avoid surgical errors whenever possible.

Surgical errors: a matter of trust?

Doctors handle some of life's most crucial moments, which means they also stand as knowledgeable and experienced professionals that a community can trust. While a large majority of physicians and surgeouns are successful and loyal health professionals, some, unfortunately, are not as reliable. Studies and reports point toward various reasons why some Washington medical professionals simply cannot be trusted.

Detailing cases of retained surgical instruments

Most in Seattle likely understand that surgical procedures are often complex, and thus may be more willing to give surgeons the benefit of the doubt when the more difficult aspects of a procedure go wrong. Yet at the same time, there is an expectation that the seemingly routine elements (such as ensuring that all surgical items and instruments are removed from a patient before an incision is closed) will not be overlooked. As difficult as it may be to believe, however, retained surgical instruments continues to be a problem plaguing the medical industry.  

Recognizing surgical site infections

Countless Seattle residents seek surgical treatment from the area's hospitals and medical centers every year. Sadly, some of them (or members of their families) end up coming to see us here at Miracle Pruzan and Pruzan after having acquired serious infections from their surgeries. Such complications can easily produce life-altering consequences or even death. Often, it may be impossible to avoid suffering impairments from a surgical site infection that you acquire. However, identifying it early may help to mitigate its effects.