Preventing Surgical Errors

Surgical errors are more common than you would expect.  Historical data on surgical errors put the number of patients affected in a given in a single year to range from roughly 50,000 to 100,000.  A number of the surgery errors happen to patients that are necessary due to auto accidents, transplants, and motor cycle accidents, to name a few.  Surgical errors that happen that could have been avoidable, can result in a medical malpractice.

One of the most common causes of surgery errors that can be avoided is the use of a surgical checklist.  Surgical checklists have been put in place to ensure that basic procedural measures are taken.  Marking the correct appendage for operation to reduce surgery on healthy appendages.

Numerous studies have been performed to document the success of using surgical checklists and the results have been overwhelmingly positive in reducing surgery errors.  If you are in an accident and you require surgery you can ask your doctor if they will be using a surgery checklist before surgery.  Many of the errors occur once the patient is administered anesthesia.

The attorney’s at Karp & Hart specialize in medical malpractice and have a track record of being able to understand and assist the legal system for their clients.   Call The Law Offices of Karp & Hart today for a FREE consultation if you have experienced a surgery error in Chester County PA.

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