A major surgical error occurs when a surgeon fails to perform his or her duties according to generally accepted standards of good medical practice. At Miracle, Pruzan & Pruzan, we agree with hospital administrators and employees who refer to major surgical errors as "never events" because they should never happen in the first place. Nevertheless, the unfortunate reality is that "never events" do occur in hospitals around the country, including Washington. While they do not happen often, they happen more often than they should.
When you go in for an operation at your local Washington hospital, you want to feel secure that your surgery staff will properly administer any medication they need to give you so that you may complete the operation without a problem. However, as Elcam Medical points out, every year medical errors result in the deaths of 251,000 people, which include incorrect dosages of medication for surgery. These incorrect dosages can have serious or even fatal consequences.
Most people in Washington State have heard reports about mistakes made during operations that have resulted in severe harm or even death to patients. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality indicates that these types of errors can often be classified into one of three categories.
Washington residents who need organ transplants are aware of the fact that these operations are very intensive. The recovery period afterward can be a long and difficult road, too. However, there are certainly some things that can make recovery harder, such as errors or mistakes that could have been prevented.
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.
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.
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.
If an error occurs during a medical procedure in Washington, you may first think about how you have been affected by this event. You may not always consider the affect it has on your surgeon. However, your surgeon can be deeply affected by surgical errors.
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.
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.